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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.

— As for correcting what went wrong against Suffern, Vivian said that will take time — especially with a young team.

“We will continue to get better as those guys learn what we’re trying to do on defense,” said Vivian. “As we continue to work over the next two months, hopefully we’ll become the best we can be. The nice thing about this group is they’re buying into what we’re trying to do.”

CBA doesn’t play its first Big 10 game until Tuesday, April 22, when it visits LaSalle. The Brothers have only six games against league opponents in a 16-game schedule, which is fine with Vivian.

“We’ve scheduled some tough non-league games to challenge our guys, and I think our schedule is tougher than any Suburban Council team,” said Vivian.

Shaker and Colonie also started their boys lacrosse seasons Saturday. Shaker downed Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 15-4 in a Suburban Council contest, while Colonie lost to Rome Free Academy 8-5.

Shaker built a 6-2 halftime lead against BH-BL and then put the game out of reach with a five-goal outburst in the third quarter.

Matt Woods, Stephen Rehfuss, Liam King and Jared Hoff all had hat tricks for the Blue Bison. Jake Quay contributed two goals and two assists. Austin and Will Clark each tallied twice for BH-BL.

Rome Free Academy struck for four goals in the second quarter to grab a 5-2 halftime lead against Colonie. The Garnet Raiders remained within striking distance the rest of the afternoon, but they couldn’t gain ground on RFA.

Jeff Yates had two goals and an assist for Colonie.

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