SYRACUSE Of all the vital things Marisa Romeo does to propel the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team, none is more vital than her ability to win the battles against whomever is lined up next to her in the draw circle.
Time after time in Tuesday's Section III Class B final against Watertown at the Carrier Dome, Romeo claimed the draws, and the Brothers went down and converted them into goals, all part of a 22-4 victory over the Cyclones.
It marked CBA's third consecutive sectional title, and moves it a step closer to a second state title in three years, which it will start to go after on Saturday when it faces the Section IV champion in the Class B regional final at West Genesee High School at 2 p.m.
Unlike the 2011 and 2012 sectional finals in Class C, where it had to fight through close, tense contests with Skaneateles, the Brothers were expected to overwhelm no. 2 seed Watertown, who had needed overtime to get past East Syracuse-Minoa 14-13 in the other semifinal.
Romeo said facing an unfamiliar opponent in a big setting like the Dome brought some adjustments, but added that "it was so much fun playing out here."
The Cyclones knew it had to keep CBA from playing at the fast, high-scoring tempo it wanted. That meant beating Romeo on the draws, which would prove futile.
Romeo won the first three of those draws, leading to a quick 3-0 edge as Romeo, Taylor Poplawski and Maddie Cook earned the early goals, the Brothers unfolding its deep, diverse offense on an outmatched Cyclone defense.
Bri Arthur put Watertown on the board at the 7:52 mark, only to have Emily Ehle answer 13 seconds later, with quick goals by Romeo and Lilly Hunt that followed and made it 6-1.