continued Not coincidentally, CBA had claimed six of the first seven draws. Head coach Doug Sedgwick said his team spends 15 to 20 minutes at each practice working on draws.
"It (draws) is the most important thing in the game," he said.
Just as important as the draws was the sheer variety of options CBA could deploy. The first nine goals came from eight different players as Olivia Pitonzo, Emily Ehle and Rachel Vercillo all joined in the scoring parade.
"It doesn't matter who scores, we just want the goals," said Sedgwick.
Before it hit the 21-minute mark, CBA's lead had grown to double digits, 12-2, and the running clock was in place. By halftime, CBA enjoyed a 28-4 advantage in shots and a 14-2 advantage on the scoreboard.
By herself, Romeo had won 11 of 17 draws and put up six points as she totaled three goals and three assists. Poplawski contributed two goals and two assists, with Cook and Pitonzo also finding the net twice.
Ehle and Cook both ran their totals to four goals in the second half, while Poplawski and, Pitonzo each added a third goal. Romeo tacked on a goal and two more assists to give her four goals and five assists overall. Of the 26 draws, CBA claimed 19 of them, and it took 40 shots to Watertown's 10.
Sedgwick said that what gives his team a better shot at a state championship is the mix of senior leadership and youthful energy, which is clicking at the right time.
"There's a wonderful team chemistry here," he said. "These girls genuinely love each other."