Though young in so many spots, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team already has shown that, when pushed, it can respond in a positive and emphatic manner.
Going up against a potential post-season opponent last Tuesday when it visited Jamesville-DeWitt, the Brothers were in a tight spot late in the first half, but got out of it and went on to roll past the Red Rams 17-6.
These teams had met April 8 at Alibrandi Stadium, and CBA had prevailed by a similar 17-6 margin. J-D, with just two seniors (Carly Neugebauer and Cameron Buck),had improved a lot since then, but so had the Brothers, hardened by a tough schedule and losses to powerhouses like West Genesee, Skaneateles and Mount Sinai.
Less than a minute into the rematch, Caroline Kopp scored, giving J-D its lone lead. An exchange followed before Maddie Cook, Sam McKenna and Rachel Ziemba hit on consecutive goals to put CBA in front 5-2.
Hulslander and Carly Stone answered and, as the first half wound down, the Rams only trailed 5-4. But sensing trouble, CBA started to dominate in the draw circle, leading to extra possessions and a decisive 4-0 spurt at the end of the half.
And the Brothers pulled further away in the second half, anchored by Emily Ehle, who poured in five goals, and McKenna, who added three goals and one assist. Cook had two goals and one assist as Ziemba and Lilly Hunt both had a goal and two assists. Rachel Vercillo, Tessa Queri, Hannah Werner and Evie Lopoo also found the net.
J-D could not keep up, despite Buck’s 10 saves. Stone found the net twice, with Carly Neugebauer getting a goal and two assists. Jessica Wipper joined Hulslander and Kopp with single goals.
CBA went from there to rolling past Fulton 16-3 on Wednesday night, Vercillo leading the way with four goals and one assist as Olivia Penoyer added three goals and one assist. Ehle, Cook and Amanda Fess had two goals apiece, with Ehle and Ziemba each getting two assists. Lopoo and Meredith Strott got single goals.