March 30, 2016
Trojans romp in debut
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Chris Dovi (21) makes a move against Central Square’s Noah Kerr (14) in the first half Tuesday night at Moiseichik Field.
It was a good opening night for Homer Central boys Tuesday night on George Butts Field.
Dante Yacavone made his varsity debut with four goals and one assist as the Trojans rolled to a 19-1 victory over Chittenango in the OHSL Freedom National Division lacrosse opener for both teams. Sophomore attackman Yacavone was one of six players to notch their first varsity point in a Homer varsity uniform.
“Seldom is your first game of the year a league game,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We were ready to show up and did the things we expected.
“We won faceoffs. We possessed the ball well and we played good defense. We cleared the ball well and were successful on our rides. The kids did what we wanted them to do,” he added.
Homer bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Lars Roos notched his first varsity goal with 10:41 left in the opening quarter for the 1-0 advantage. Drew Osborne followed at the 9:27 mark off a pass from Tucker O’Donnell. Yacavone (8:31) and James Denkenberger (7:41) scored unassisted goal before Yacavone closed out the quarter scoring with 6:52 left off an Osborne assist.
The Trojans found the net eight more times in the second quarter to build a double digit lead by halftime. Yacavone completed his hat trick to start things off with O’Donnell assisting with 9:10 remaining until the break. Vincent Basile scored his first varsity goal – and the first man-up goal of the season – with 7:58 on the clock as Osborne assisted.
Ryan Wainwright got his first goal of the season with 6:41 left as Basile assisted. Jerrad Reiner notched his first two goals in the quarter 90 seconds later with Basile assisting.With 4:33 on the clock, Basile found the mark again off a Brody Urban pass. Yacavone assisted on Wainwright’s second goal of the game with 3:02 until halftime.
Roos netted a man-up goal with two minutes remaining in the half as Osborne assisted. Reiner closed out the half with 21 seconds left on an unassisted goal.
Roos (3 goals-1 assist), Yacavone, Denkenberger (2-0) and O’Donnell (1-3) netted second half goals as did Nate Cottrell and Ethan Stiles. O’Donnell, Cottrell and Stiles each netting their first varsity goal. Jake Riley got his first varsity points as he handed out three second-half assists. It all, the Trojans handed out 15 assists for the night. Basile finished 2-2, Wainwright was 2-1 and Osborne went 1-3.
Trevor Butler collected the lone goal for Chittenango with 4:45 left in the contest.
Homer enjoyed a 48-4 edge in shots, dominated ground balls 36-4 and went 3-for-5 on the man-up offense. The Bears were 0-for-1 on the man-up. Ryan Gabriel won 10-of-12 faceoff chances for the Trojans with Tyler Ponticello taking 8-of-11 battles in the ‘X’.
In goal, Mark Suits made one save in three quarters of play. Zach Clark played the final 12 minutes and did not make a save for the Trojans. Carson Maciag stopped 13 shots for Chittenango while Connor Frederick recorded two saves for the Bears.
Homer will return to action Thursday as the Trojans host non-league opponent LaFayette. The JV game begins at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7 on Butts Field.
“Thursday night will be a good read for us to really see where we are at this point of theseason,” Cottrell said.
HOMER JVs were on the short end on a hard-fought 5-4 decision against Chittenango in their season opener. The two teams were tied 2-2 after one quarter and 3-3 at halftime. Chittenango took a 5-4 lead through three quarters and held on in a scoreless fourth quarter.
“We had a good first half with some long possessions on offense,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “I’m happy with the way our guys responded to all the different situations that they faced in just our first game. We had several scoring opportunities in the second half, but their goalie made some nice stops. The guys really did many good things and I’m confident they will continue to improve as the season progresses.”
Stephan Walter scored three of Homer’s four goals with Ethan Whittington netting the other tally. John Denkenberger picked up one assist. Mike Turck made seven saves in the Homer goal.
Bill Demond led Chittenango with two goals. Karl Farber (two assists), Tanner Larame and Joe Lorin each scored one goal for the Bears. Seth Spulgeon dished one assist while Isiah Prado recorded nine saves in goal.
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