SYRACUSE True, a younger cast of characters has taken over, but the results for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team are the same.
The Brothers have now earned four consecutive Section III championships, repeating its Class B title from 2013 when it went to the Carrier Dome Tuesday and pulled away to beat no. 2 seed Watertown 17-10.
What the Cyclones, who lost to CBA in this same sectional final a year ago, found out was that, while the Brothers are not quite the two-player show that Marisa Romeo and Taylor Poplawski put on during last spring's state title run, a trio of sophomores might end up just as good.
Between them, Maddie Cook, Rachel Vercillo and Emily Ehle methodically used their combination of skills to put Watertown away, scoring 11 combined goals - Vercillo and Ehle four each, Cook with three - and also making deft passes, as Cook had three assists and Vercillo two assists.
"They've gone from role players to being the players," said CBA head coach Doug Sedgwick. "We need them to step up every game in order to go as far as we can."
For Cook, the satisfaction gained from another sectional title came from silencing doubters who thought the Brothers would step back this season.
"A lot of people didn't think we would get this far," said Cook. "But we're still here."
It took a while for the Brothers to get comfortable on the big stage of the Dome, even though Vercillo helped push CBA to a 2-0 lead, feeding Ehle for one goal and scoring another.
Watertown shook this off and used goals by Olivia Miles and Lauren Girardi to pull even, 2-2, staying patient on its attack and taking advantage of the Brothers' turnovers.
During that start, said Sedgwick, "I was anxious to see what would happen to our girls."