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Boys Lakers finish fourth despite two wins from Nichols
Each of Cazenovia’s track and field teams took aim at Section III Class B-1 championships late last week, and got close to the throne. Going first, the Cazenovia girls went to Westhill High School on Thursday afternoon, where it picked up 103.5 points to finish comfortably in second place amid a nine-team field. Only Skaneateles, with 149.5 points, fared better.
Willard goal completes Caz rally against Westhill
Yes, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team had rallied before against Westhill. It had gone to overtime before against the Warriors - twice, in fact - and won both times. But the third time, and the third victory, was the biggest and sweetest of all, as Cole Willard's goal in the first minute of OT completed the Lakers' comeback from a six-goal deficit to win, 9-8, in Wednesday night's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome.
Sean, Connor join older sister Kara as national champs
Two years ago in the Philadelphia area, Kara Cannizzaro made Cazenovia proud by leading North Carolina’s women’s lacrosse team to an NCAA championship, beating Maryland in triple overtime for the crown and earning tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Now Kara has company in her own family as her younger brothers, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro, helped take the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team to a national title – also beating Maryland, and also doing so in Philadelphia.
First-half shutout leads to sectional semifinal against Skaneateles
At least through the early rounds of the Section III Class C playoffs, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team have not run into any serious stress. Following a 21-1 destruction of Clinton in the opening round on May 16, the top-seeded, defending sectional champion Lakers did much the same to no. 9 seed Marcellus in Wednesday’s Class C quarterfinal at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, defeating the Mustangs 15-2.
Skaneateles duo finishes second, advances to state qualifier
An up-and-down season for the Skaneateles boys tennis team culminated in its appearance early last week in the Section III Class C-1 tournament at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts, which featured a series of top finishes and one run to the finals.
Kmetz, McDonough, Stehle prevail; Romig reaches state qualifier
Cazenovia’s boys tennis team would face major challenges in pursuit of division titles during this week’s Section III Class C-1 tournament at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts, but participate in five of the finals and win two of them.
Lakers get 92 points, four behind Westhill-Ludden
It took two days for the Cazenovia boys track and field team to make it to Fulton for the Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet - and ultimately, it took a pairing of two schools to deny the Lakers the top spot.
Caz lax unable to stop Lions' duo of Fazio, Amell
What the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team hoped was that all of the tough battles it went through in the Onondaga High School League would pay off with a deep run in the Section III Class C playoffs.
First-half shutout leads to Class C quarterfinal at General Brown
When the Section III Class C playoff pairings were announced, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had to feel like it had a chance to make a deep run – and may have felt that even more after the way the tournament started.
Caz rebounds, routs Clinton 22-1 in sectional opener
If there’s such a thing as perfect timing for a defeat, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team found it. The state Class C no. 3-ranked Lakers had won 11 consecutive games before visiting Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday night, but that win streak vanished in an exciting, back-and-forth battle not decided until the final second, where the Hornets prevailed 12-11.