April 2 , 2008


Trojans trip defending champs


Dick Reygers/contributing photographer
Homer Central junior goalie Paul Zimmerman (9), with teammate Will Connery (15) close by, makes one of 19 saves that helped the Trojans defeat defending state champion Jamesville-DeWitt 10-6 last night at Butts Field.

With Carl Zimmerman continuing his sizzling early season scoring pace, Homer Central boys knocked off the defending state champions in an impressive lacrosse outing Tuesday night.
Sophomore attackman Zimmerman scored five goals and dished out two assists to power the Trojans to a 10-6 win over Jamesville-DeWitt at George Butts Field in the OHSL Class B lacrosse opener for both teams.
Zimmerman has eight goals and five assists on the season as the Trojans improved to 2-0 overall. The visiting Red Rams (0-1) captured the Class B state title while going 22-3 last spring.
“It was another good win for our guys,” said head coach Tom Cottrell, Homer having opened the season beating Westhill last week. “We are in a nice situation right now because our opponents know of Paul (Armideo) and have concentrated on him which has allowed Carl to catch people off guard. I am sure that will begin to change. When that does that should free up Paul and the other guys more to score goals.
“Will Connery is another person who is just as important to our early success,” Cottrell continued. “He is controlling the faceoff ‘X’ and gives us that important ball possessions. Will has been extremely good so far and that is huge for us.”
Connery won 13-of-19 faceoffs against J-D and is a solid 74 percent (32-for-43) in the first two games.
The Trojans got a good balanced attack in the first half. Zimmerman opened the game with an unassisted goal with 8:42 left in the first quarter and he assisted when sophomore classmate John Sciera notched his first varsity goal with 7:30 left on the clock for a 2-0 advantage.
J-D tied the game on a pair of Mike Edwards goals, the second on the man-up with 3:06 left in the quarter.
Zimmerman put the Trojans in the lead for god with 1:46 left in the quarter. That tally sparked a four-goal run that carried into the second quarter as Homer took a 6-2 advantage.
Freshman Conner Ferrito gave the Trojans a two-goal cushion off a Zimmerman assist with 10:45 left in the first half. Zimmerman got his hat-trick (9:15) and Talon Sprouse notched his first of two goals 35 seconds later for the four-goal lead.
The two teams alternated goals the rest of the half as Homer enjoyed an 8-4 lead at the intermission. John Clark and Mac Keehfus tallied for the Red Rams with Armideo and Zimmerman answering for the Trojans. It was the first goal of the season for Armideo.
Homer scored the only two goals of the third period as Zimmerman and Sprouse in tallied with Jeff Vetter and Jeff Sciera netting fourth-quarter goals for the visitors. Neither team scored in the final 6:02 of this division clash.
Goalie Paul Zimmerman was tested, but stood tall for Homer between the pipes as the junior made 19 saves while Alex Jorgensen stopped 13 shots for Jamesville-DeWitt
“Paul played extremely well,” said Cottrell of the junior goalie. “J-D really put the pressure on, but Paul responded. He made the saves he should and he also made some outstanding saves.
“Our guys are playing very unselfishly right now,” Cottrell added in speaking about 10 different players being involved in the scoring so far. “That allows more guys to get involved in the scoring and that makes us a more dangerous team. The guys really are looking for wins right now and not individual glory.”
Homer will continue its home stand Thursday with 7 p.m. OHSL Class B contest against Chittenango. The Trojans will then host Cortland High Saturday at 6 p.m. on Butts Field.
The Trojans postponed home game against Cazenovia from this past Saturday has been rescheduled for May 17 at 10 a.m.
HOMER JVS dropped their second straight game as visiting Jamesville-DeWitt posted a 14-2 win Tuesday at Butts Field.
Nick LaRue was kept busy in the Trojan goal, fending off a powerful J-D offense.  Larue kept the Red Ram JVs off the scoreboard in the first quarter by making eight of his 18 saves.  The halftime score favored J-D 6-0.
“Our young team continues to work hard and get better everyday,” said Homer coach Geoff Sorenson. “We seemed to be a little shell-shocked on defense. We ran the offense as well as we did against Westhill.”
Nate Crawford and Brett Stokoe scored the Trojan goals with Zach Hatfield picking up one assist.