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Caz quest for state title denied by Bronxville

Broncos avenge 2013 state finals loss to Lakers

Cazenovia senior midfielder Henry Mann (2) reflects the disappointment of the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team as it lost, 13-10, to Bronxville in Saturday's state Class C final at Hofstra University. The Lakers just missed earning its third state title in the last four years.

Cazenovia senior midfielder Henry Mann (2) reflects the disappointment of the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team as it lost, 13-10, to Bronxville in Saturday's state Class C final at Hofstra University. The Lakers just missed earning its third state title in the last four years. Adam Walburger

When Willard put home his third goal with 2:07 left in the period, the Lakers' margin was two goals, 9-7, the first time either side had a lead that large. Though Bronxville cut the margin to one, White, taking a pass from P.J. Brown, scored with 10:48 to play.

On the one hand, that gave Cazenovia a 10-8 lead. On the other, it would be the last time the Lakers would get on the board.

Finding its stride at just the right moment, Bronxville caught a big break when Cross, attempting to grab a shot from the Broncos’ Will Duncan, juggled it enough to allow Duncan’s teammate, Matt Behrens, to get a tiny piece of the ball and fling it into the net.

Energized by that turn of events, the Broncos pulled even at 10-10 (the game's eighth tie) with a goal from Henry Grass with 8:50 left. Less than two minutes later, Behrens scored and put Bronxville in front for good, the game's fifth lead change.

With a chance to forge a ninth tie, the Lakers could not do so, and with 3:02 left Michael Crawford, off a feed from Grass, made it 12-10. As Cazenovia desperately tried to clear the ball in the waning seconds, Tucker Duncan added a last-second goal.

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