Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse beats Red Bank Catholic

Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse beats Red Bank Catholic

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Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse beats Red Bank Catholic

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The Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse team is getting a reputation for being a second-half team based on some of its recent performances.

Monday afternoon, on the road against Red Bank Catholic, was just another example.

The Colts, which are ranked No. 2 in the Asbury Park Press top 10, rallied from a two-goal third-quarter deficit with five fourth-quarter goals as they edged No. 4 RBC, 10-8, in a nondivisional game at Count Basie Field.

“It is not good for my heart but we are definitely a second-half team,” CBA coach Dave Santos said. “We come out slow and it has been that way all year even against weaker teams. We start off slowly and it takes a while to get going and then we get goals in bunches.”

Like in the fourth quarter on Monday.

Red Bank Catholic (9-4) led 7-5 after three quarters and then CBA (8-2) scored five of the next six goals to win the game.

Senior midfielder Frank Isola (one assist) won the opening face-off in the fourth quarter and then the next two face-offs after two straight CBA goals to give the Colts all the momentum they would need to win the game.

“(Senior attackman) Thomas Deiner and Frank Isola are both fourth-year guys,” Santos said. “You saw that experience right there. Frank winning the face-offs and Thomas had two key goals and a couple of assists late in the game and he put the team on his shoulder’s offensively.”

Deiner (two goals, two assists) scored with 10:54 left and then senior midfielder Garrett Patten (one goal, one assist) scored with 10:17 left to tie the game at 7-7. Red Bank Catholic’s Brett Habich (three goals, two assists) scored the Caseys only fourth quarter goal with 9:15 left to give RBC the lead for the last time at 8-7.

“CBA’s lacrosse IQ is very high. The one moment you take a deep breath or you are out of place just for a moment, they take advantage of it,” Red Bank Catholic coach Ryan Eichner said. “So, anytime you play CBA it doesn’t matter who they have in any year, they are going to be a smart team and you can’t make mistakes. I thought we played well but we made two or three mistakes that they didn’t make and that’s the difference between a win and a loss.”

The Colts then scored three unanswered goals, the final two in dramatic fashion, to seal the nondivisional victory on Monday.

First, Deiner scored with 5:26. Then senior midfielder Thomas Palisi (three goals) scored from a nifty pass from Deiner with 2:39 left that put CBA ahead 9-8. The Colts got their final goal at the buzzer when senior attackman Matt McGuiness lofted a pass from midfield to freshman attackman Nick Casner, who flipped it in.

But Red Bank Catholic had several chances in the final minute but the CBA defense and junior goalie Evan Bynoe (13 saves) denied the Caseys’ comeback attempt especially with a save with 18 seconds left.

“I thought they were going to get a quick shot in as soon as they could,” Bynoe said. “I was going to be ready for anything. A shot from them could go anywhere at that point in the game.”

Bynoe’s save with 18 seconds left eventually led to CBA clearing the ball and getting the ball to McGuiness at midfield, who threw a pass to Casner in stride for the goal at the buzzer.

“He’s actually never played goalie before he came to CBA. When he got here, the freshman team needed a goalie and he said ‘OK I’ll try it,’ ” Santos said. “This is his first year on varsity and first year starting. He’s done a lot of work in the offseason and he’s really improving as the year has progressed. He had a big save off of (Brett) Habich’s shot (with 18 seconds left).

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