Just as in 2013, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team finds itself heading to the Carrier Dome, with only Watertown standing in the way of claiming a Section III Class B title.
The top-seeded Brothers got there by topping no. 5 seed Jamesville-DeWitt in last Friday’s Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School, staying remarkably consistent as it won a score of 17-6, the third time this spring it topped the Red Rams by an 11-goal margin.
In some ways, the intrigue was all about who CBA would face in the semifinals, since J-D had to go on the road and play its neighbors from East Syracuse-Minoa in last Tuesday night’s opening round.
Though ESM appeared to have the upper hand for most of the regular season, it was the Red Rams that would post the final word, using terrific defense in the second half as the foundation for a comeback and a 10-8 victory over the Spartans.
These sides had played twice in the regular season, ESM squeaking out a 7-6 win on April 14, but J-D taking the rematch 13-10 on May 8. Each time, the road team had prevailed.
And that pattern continued into the third and most important encounter, even though the Spartans played a terrific first half, battling its way to a 5-3 lead.
What turned it around was a combination of an opportunistic Rams offense that made ESM pay for most of its mistakes, plus a back line that settled down after early jitters and frustrated the Spartans, all the way to the end.
Carly Neugebauer and Jessica Wipper led J-D’s comeback, each scoring three times as Wipper added an assist. Carly Stone managed a goal and three assists, while Caroline Kopp got two goals. Grace Hulslander managed the other goal as Alyssa Phillips contributed an assist.