Chittenango East Syracuse-Minoa's girls lacrosse team came within an eyelash of joining Christian Brothers Academy at the Carrier Dome in the Section III Class B championship game.
The Spartans rallied from a four-goal deficit in Friday night's Class B semifinal against no. 2 seed Watertown at Chittenango High School and led at different points down the stretch, but the Cyclones still prevailed 14-13 in overtime.
This followed a first semifinal game dominated by the top-seeded Brothers, who turned aside no. 4 seed Jamesville-DeWitt 19-4 and will play Watertown Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Dome.
Though CBA had flattened J-D 17-0 back on April 15, the Brothers knew how much the Red Rams had improved since that game, entering the semifinal with a seven-game win streak that included a tough 13-12, come-from-behind victory over Auburn in the previous round of the playoffs.
Also, CBA had not played in nine days, a rest period extended by a day because bad weather delayed the entire post-season schedule. But it didn't take long for the Brothers to start clicking again.
Marisa Romeo's goal three minutes into the game triggered a 90-second outburst where Taylor Poplawski, Emily Ehle and Rachel Vercillo all would convert, putting J-D in a quick 4-0 hole.
That margin doubled to 8-0, with Romeo tacking on two more goals, before the Rams finally got a goal to end what had been a run of 25 unanswered tallies from CBA in their two games this spring. Still, it went to halftime with the Brothers up 11-2 after another outburst of three goals in the span of less than a minute late in the half.
CBA spent the rest of the game adding to its margin as Romeo finished with five goals and two assists, while Poplawski had three goals and two assists. Rachel Perla scored twice, adding a pair of assists, with Olivia Pitonzo and Maddie Cook also getting two goals.