One part of the Class B state regional tournament proved simple for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team - but the other did not.
Playing twice in a span of less than 48 hours after earning the Section III Class C title earlier in the week, the Brothers won them both, and by doing so are going back to SUNY-Cortland for another appearance in the state final four.
Facing Massena Thursday in the opening round of regional play at Liverpool High School Stadium., the Brothers handled it with relative ease, pushing past the Red Raiders 20-4.
Before Massena even had a possession, CBA had pushed out to a 5-0 lead. Though the Red Raiders settled down a bit, the Brothers kept pushing the tempo and had a 12-2 lead by halftime, pulling further away in the second half despite a running clock.
Sam McKenna, pouring in five goals, led the way this time as Emily Ehle, Maddie Cook and Rachel Vercillo settled for two goals apiece, joined on that number by Evie Lopoo.
Hannah Werner had a goal and two assists as Hailey Dobbins, Claire Jeschke, Katie Anderson, Ryan Congel, Lilly Hunt and Amanda Fess earned goals, too.
Now CBA faced Vestal (Section IV) in Saturday's regional final at Ithaca High School, with a berth in next weekend's state final four at SUNY-Cortland at stake.
And it didn’t prove one bit easy, as the Brothers trailed for most of the first half and mostly leaned on its defense to earn a 7-4 victory over the Golden Bears.
Right from the start, Vestal did a good job in the first half gaining the draws, and as a result dictating the game’s tempo, slowing things down. And that patience led to two early goals from Nicole Lyons and a 3-2 edge.