COLONIE Last year, the Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse team came close to making history.
The Brothers pushed Shenendehowa into overtime before losing 11-10 to the Plainsmen in the Section II Class A finals. Had they won, they would have been the first non-Suburban Council team to reach the championship game.
That loss has only fueled CBA’s desire to claim its first Sectional championship this season.
“Our expectation is to win the section. That’s been our expectation every year I’ve been here,” said CBA coach Tim Vivian.
The Class A field is wide open this year. With defending champion Niskayuna moving to Class B, Vivian said he feels his team can take the next step – especially since the Brothers return a large group of seniors from a team that finished with a 12-6 record.
“This group of seniors have played together since the sixth grade,” said Vivian. “This is their year.”
The senior class is led by attacker John Bassett and midfielders Sean Behrmann and Andy Curro. Together, the trio formed the heart of last year’s offense.
Three goaltenders are competing for the starting job – Greg Discipio, Connor Wacksman and Tim O’Connell. Wacksman is a recent transfer from Guilderland.
If everything comes together, Vivian said CBA will not only be a force in the Big 10 – a league the Brothers have owned for the last several years – but also in Sectionals. He said a No. 1 seed may be within CBA’s grasp.
“It al depends on how we do with our non-league schedule,” said Vivian. “If we do as well as I think we’ll do, we should get the No. 1 or No. 2 seed for Sectionals. If we don’t do as well as I think we can do, then we won’t.”
CBA’s first test is a road trip to Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville April 2. The Brothers then host Iona Prep April 5 and Suffern April 7.