April 2, 2011


Quick recovery for Purple Tigers

Trailing after the opening period, Cortland High lacrosse boys were able to turn things around rather quickly on Friday night.
The Purple Tigers grabbed the lead with six unanswered goals in the second quarter and went on to knock off visiting Whitesboro 15-9 to get OHSL B Division play underway at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Coming off a non-league loss to Fayetteville-Manlius to open the season, the Purple Tigers are now 1-1 overall and will be taking a league trip to New Hartford on Monday afternoon.
“We knuckled down and played very, very good defense,” said Coach John Spallone of the CHS turnaround that put the hosts up 7-3 at halftime. “A little more intensity on defense and a little more productivity on offense helped swing things our way.”
After being blanked in the scoring column at F-M earlier in the week, Coach Spallone had urged T.J. Bardsley and Colby Reagan to shoot more prior to facing Whitesboro — and those two seniors responded. Bardsley had three goals on the night while Reagan tallied twice and picked up an assist.
“Both of those guys stepped up and gave us some good scoring,” said Coach Spallone of the two Purple Tiger veterans, who played key roles in that second quarter CHS scoring spurt that erased a 3-1 deficit.
Phil Potter had three goals and two assists on attack for Cortland, while Chad Timmons and Dave Fernandes tacked on two goals and two assists apiece. Dustin DiIoiro, Pat McMahon and long-stick midfielder Clay Fickenscher also had goals for the winners.
Whitesboro’s talented long-stick midfielder, 6-foot-3 Austin Curtis, scored twice in transition to go along with a teammate’s man-up tally to give the debuting visitors that early 3-1 edge over the Purple Tigers. But the CHS defense stepped up after that. And a well-balanced Purple Tigers offense was tough to defend the rest of the way, erupting for 14 goals over the final three periods.
“Our defense was very steady. (Goalie) Casey Bergeron made 10 saves and did a nice job clearing the ball, and our our ride was very effective,” said Spallone, especially citing the defensive effort of his midfielders in slowing down the Warriors.
Andrew Potter also had a big game taking faceoffs, winning 19-of-28 tries to help keep the Purple Tigers on attack. CHS finished with 36 shots on the night.
“Defensively, Villads Brandt was did a nice job filling in for Nick Reynolds, allowing us to use Clay Fickenscher or Brian Strough as our long-stick middies,” added Spallone, a muscle strain keeping Reynolds out of action.
Coming right back to face New Hartford on Monday is fine with the CHS coach.
“That’s good,” Spallone insisted, preferring a full field experience over indoor practice at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. “Right now playing a game is better than practicing at the complex, so let’s play the game.”
CORTLAND JVs were 5-3 winners over Whitesboro, Nate Wright pacing the offense with a pair of goals. Andy Price had a goal and an assist, while Brett Timmons and Christian Chase also scored in the Purple Tigers’ season opener.
Goalie Kevin Parker had 10 saves and allowed only one goal during his stint between the pipes. Coach Bob Edwards handed out hustle awards to defensemen Teddy Phillips and Tracey Shelley, too.
John DiPerno scored twice for Whitesboro, William Johns with the other goal for the Warriors.


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