March 30, 2012


Trojans romp in opener

LacrosseJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Casey Cleary (8) gets around a Manlius-Pebble Hill player in the first quarter of Thursday’s 18-3 win by the Trojans in their seaon opener.

Sean Ferrito scored four goals as Homer Central got the 2012 lacrosse season off on the right foot Thursday at chilly George W. Butts Field. Ferrito was one of 10 different players involved in the scoring mix as the Trojans rolled to an 18-3 victory over visiting Manlius-Pebble Hill.
“We got the season started the right way with a win,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said after watching his team take a 7-2 lead in the first quarter and never look back. “It was nice to have 10 different guys involved in the scoring. The guys that are back and were expected to score did. Some of the new guys got their first chances to play at the varsity level and did well.”
Homer bolted to a 3-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Beau Riley gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds into the contest. His unassisted goal was one of three the junior recorded on the evening along with two assists.
Ferrito scored 45 seconds later for a 2-0 advantage before Alec Sovocool notched his goal with 10:07 left in the quarter with Aaron Zimmerman picking up his first of two assists.
Jim Gavigan got Manlius-Pebble Hill on the board with 9:54 left in the first quarter, but Casey Cleary countered 51 seconds for a 4-1 Homer cushion with nine minutes still left in the quarter.
M-PH tried to stay close as Tim Glass found the back of the cage with 8:14 showing to pull the visitors to within 4-2.
Zimmerman scored two minutes later to start 10-0 run by the Trojans with 6:16 to play in the opening quarter. Conner Johnston tallied a minute later off a Riley assist before Riley scored his second goal with 34 second left in the quarter for a 7-2 cushion.
Homer scored six straight goals in the second quarter to increased its advantage to 13-2 by halftime. Johnston scored a man-up goal off the first varsity assist by Brandon Maxson. Riley followed with a goal assisted by Johnston. The two were involved in the next Trojan goal, though the roles reversed with Riley completing his hat trick and Johnston assisting.
With two minutes left in the first half, Maxson collected his first varsity goal as sophomore Chris Brown notched his first varsity point with the assist. Seven seconds later Zimmerman scored the 50th goal of his career to give Homer a 12-2 cushion. Maxson scored again with 35 seconds to play in the half for the 13-2 advantage.
Ferrito opened the second half scoring with 10:18 left in the third quarter .
Glass stopped the Trojan run with his second goal of the match. The man-up tally came with 6:42 left in the third quarter and was assisted by Duncan Morrison.
Ferrito closed out the quarter with his third goal with 3:41 to play in the quarter as Homer enjoyed a 15-3 lead entering fourth quarter action.
Josh Maxson, Brandon’s cousin, notched his first varsity goal 31 seconds into the fourth quarter with Brown getting his second assist. Austin Recor (10:08 and Ferrito (4:42) closed out the scoring to give Homer the 15-goal triumph.
Statistically, Homer was in control. The Trojans had more shots (39-7) and groundball scoops (27-10) than M-PH. Johnston and late roster addition, freshman Chris Birchenough, won 17-of-25 faceoff attempts over the course of the game.
In goal, Will McNeil made 10 saves for M-PH. Jonathan Cottrell made three saves and allowed all three M-PH goals during three quarters of playing time. Chris Bray stepped between the pipes for Homer in the fourth quarter and was never tested.
Homer will return to action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Cazenovia for a 4:30 p.m. non-league contest. The JV team opens its season at Skaneateles Tuesday at 4 p.m.


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