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Boys lacrosse Lakers return to sectional final

Caz pulls away from Westhill, to meet Homer for title

Cazenovia defender Jay Hahn (2) led a Lakers back line that kept Westhill off the board until late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s Section III Class C semifinal, the Lakers going on to beat the Warriors 9-2 to earn a berth in the title game against Homer, who beat LaFayette 14-7 in the other semifinal.

Cazenovia defender Jay Hahn (2) led a Lakers back line that kept Westhill off the board until late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s Section III Class C semifinal, the Lakers going on to beat the Warriors 9-2 to earn a berth in the title game against Homer, who beat LaFayette 14-7 in the other semifinal. Adam Walburger

— On Thursday night, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team made the short trip to Chittenango High School’s turf to take on no. 4 seed Westhill in the Section III Class C semifinals, a rematch of the tense, low-scoring April 22 contest that the Lakers pulled out, 5-4, for its closest victory of the season.

The Warriors had the exact same plan in mind for the rematch, too, and executed it well for a half – except for the problem of not getting on the scoreboard, and the Lakers would eventually take control and pull away for a 9-2 victory.

It required a lot of patience. Westhill spent much of the first quarter slowing things down, and the Lakers worked through it for more than nine minutes before Henry Mann found Jake Lewis for the game’s opening goal.

Early in the second period, Cole Willard got a goal, but for the rest of the half it was more long possessions by the Warriors and more time for the Lakers to wait them out. Cross had to make a pair of point-blank stops in order for Cazenovia to go to the break nursing a 2-0 lead.

Somewhere early in the third quarter, though, the patience ran out, and Cazenovia’s attack found its groove once more.

Alex Hunt took barely a minute to make it 3-0, and in a three-minute span, three more goals followed, as Willard and P.J. Brown took turns peppering the Warriors to make it 6-0. Then, just to be sure, Brown added two more goals in the fourth quarter, with Willard adding a goal and assist to his total.

For the night, Willard managed four goals and two assists. Brown added a three-goal hat trick, with Henry Mann producing a pair of assists and, once again, snaring most of the face-offs.

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