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Boys lacrosse: Slow first half dooms Brothers

Suffern wards off CBA’s challenge in the second half

Christian Brothers Academy’s Chris Willox, right, checks a Suffern player during Saturday’s non-league game at Troy High School.

Christian Brothers Academy’s Chris Willox, right, checks a Suffern player during Saturday’s non-league game at Troy High School. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— This wasn’t the effort coach Tim Vivian wanted to see out of his Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse team.

Section I’s Suffern limited the Brothers to one goal in the first half on its way to a 9-5 non-league victory in Saturday’s non-league game at Troy High School.

“I thought we played okay on defense. I thought we gave up a few soft goals where we lost our marks,” said Vivian. “Offensively, I thought we played a poor game. I thought we were much better offensively than what we showed.”

Vivian singled out the effort given by his son, Donald Vivian. The senior — whom coach Vivian said is an integral part of the offense — was limited to one goal the whole game and was held without a shot in the first half.

“I told him at halftime that we can’t win any games if he doesn’t take any shots,” said coach Vivian. “We’re very thin (on offense). We don’t have 15 or 16 players who can produce. So when he doesn’t produce, that takes away a good portion of our offense.”

The Brothers (0-1) responded to their first half woes by scoring three times in the third quarter to trim Suffern’s lead to 6-4. But, the Mounties pulled away with a three-goal fourth quarter.

Tom Sharp had four goals and an assist to lead Suffern to the non-league win. Aidan Murphy paced CBA with a hat trick.

Saturday’s non-league game began a stretch of six games in which CBA plays out-of-area competition. The Brothers’ next two games are at college sites — Sunday’s contest against Fordham Prep at The Bronx’s Fordham University and a home game against Vermont power Mount Anthony Tuesday, April 8, at The College of Saint Rose.

“It’ll be a great experience for the kids,” said Vivian. “We try to get these guys on to college campuses and let them experience that atmosphere.”

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