Vercillo tied it, 3-3, late in the first half, only to have the Golden Bears reclaim the lead. And that set up the game’s most important sequence.
As the final minute of the first half ticked down, CBA turned the ball over, only to force a Vestal turnover and get a fast break. Just seconds before the horn, Vercillo passed it to Ehle, who beat Golden Bears netminder Nicole Lehra and tied it, 4-4.
Flush with that momentum, the Brothers saw goalie Alea Bonner (the team's lone senior starter) make a pair of big stops early in the second half before, at the 4:24 mark, Cook’s hard shot to the high part of the net gave CBA a lead it would not relinquish.
So much of that was due to Dobbins, Kate Derrenbacker, Lexi Luthringer, Alexa Radziewicz and sisters Amanda and Adrianna Fess, who kept breaking up Vestal chances as Bonner, the team’s lone senior starter and would pitch a second-half shutout.
Goals by McKenna and Rachel Ziemba, the last of them with seven minutes left, helped seal the Brothers’ return trip to Cortland, where powerhouses like 14-time state champion Garden City and Brighton will not be waiting for them.
Instead, CBA meets Victor (who knocked out Brighton in the Section V final) Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the state Class B semifinal. The winner returns 24 hours later for the state championship game.