January 02, 2008


Williams helps Stars hoist cup


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Syracuse Stars players Michael Sciore and Noah Williams from Homer hoist the Bell Cup.

Serving as a tri-captain for the Syracuse Stars, Noah Williams of Homer was part of an unbeaten championship effort during the Bell Cup that concluded this past weekend in Ottawa, Canada.
The Stars captured the Atom Minor AAA Group C title in their 9-year-old age bracket, defeating the New Jersey Colonials 2-1 this past Monday in the title game at the Scotia Bank Place hockey center — the home ice of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.
Williams received the ‘Hard Working Award’ in the title game, the Stars getting goals from Matt Eccles and Brandon Shirley to wind up unbeaten. Williams had two goals and an assist over four days of play, as the Syracuse squad defeated all six foes faced in the tournament.
The Bell Cup hosted 500 teams from throughout North America and Europe, making it the latest tournament in the world for its age group.
The Stars defeated the Mississauga Reps 1-0, the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs 2-1 and the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 4-3 to win its group. In the playoff quarterfinals, the Stars nipped the Providence Capitals 3-2 and then blanked the York Simcoe Express 2-0 to reach the finals.
Williams had a goal in the win over Hamilton, tallied twice in the victory over Providence and picked up an assist in the shutout of York.
The Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team won two of its three games over the weekend, beating host Fulton 3-0 on Saturday and prevailing 7-3 at Oswego on Sunday before losing 9-1 to visiting Valley later on Sunday.
Drew Wojcinski, Jordan Zehr and Joel Potter scored once each in the win over Fulton, and goalie Jared Lavine made 15 saves to earn the shutout. Kyle Gibbons had two goals and two assists while Dakota Baylor and Joel Potter scored twice each against Oswego, Mike Lavere adding a goal and an assist.
Burton had the lone goal against Valley, with Lavine making 14 saves.
Cortland beat visiting Midstate 6-2 on Sunday as Maggie Walsh led the way with three goals. Mike Turck had a goal and four assists, Dylan Cooper a goal and two assists and Jayson Wojcinski one goal.
Cortland tied host Geneva 5-5 as Jonathon Frederick scored three goals and Matt Gombas and Sammy Robbins had a goal and an assist apiece. Goalie Zachary Wilhoit made 11 saves.




Trio of Purple Tigers in Florida tourney

Three Cortland High seniors are members of the CNY Roadhawks lacrosse squads that will take part in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions Saturday and Sunday at Wesley Chapel District Park in Pasco County, Fla.
Jack Spallone will compete for the Roadhawks Senior Select squad, while Chris Fernandes and Matt Marks are members of the Roadhawks’ Blue Select team. Both Roadhawks clubs are in the Boys’ High School Elite Division of the event, which is the high school club lacrosse national championships and is now in its second year.
The Senior Selects earned their way into this weekend’s tournament by winning the STX Tournament at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in July, while the Select Blues qualified by winning the MVP Lacrosse Team Tournament at New Brunswick, N.J. in early August.
Teams representing 14 states and three clubs from Canada are expected to compete in the overall Tournament of Champions, which also includes Girls’ High School Elite and Boys’ and Girls’ Rising Stars (junior varsity) Divisions.
WINTER LAX CAMP: The 2008 February Break Winter Lacrosse Camp will be held Feb. 18-22 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland.
LeMoyne College assistant coach Rich Barnes and Homer Central assistant coach Rich Cecconi will coach the sessions for boys in grades 4-11, with a limit to 40 participants. Each daily session goes from 10 a.m. until 10.
There is a fee for the entire week, which covers 10 hours of instruction. The deadline for registering is Feb. 16.
The camp is designed specifically to prepare players for the upcoming season. Depending on the number of applicants, current SUNY Cortland assistant and Rochester Rattlers professional Jake Plunket or former Massachusetts midfielder Jamie Yaman will be added to the coaching staff.
Those attending the camp will need their own stick, helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, mouth piece and water bottle. To register visit the website