April 4, 2012
Purple Tigers in dandy debut
Cortland High girls’ lacrosse coach Kim Pace couldn’t have asked for a better way to get things started.
“This was a great all-around team effort for our opening game,” Pace said of the Purple Tigers’ 19-11 win over visiting Whitesboro in their season-opener. “Everything we have been working on over the past three weeks came together. We were strong with our fundamentals up and down the field.”
Sophomore attack Taylor Thomas and senior midfielder Maggie Brown, back playing the game for the first time since eighth grade, had four goals and an assist apiece for the winners while junior attack Taylor Tabel was the points leader with three goals and three assists. Sophomore midfielder Liza Ferro had three goals and sophomore midfielder Marissa Rabusin two goals and two assists.
“Defensively we did a great job of causing 10 turnovers in the critical scoring area and then clearing the ball safely over the restraining line,” Pace said of her team’s OHSL American Division triumph. “Things finally starting clicking in midfield transition. The entire midfield did a great job of keeping their lanes, finding the open space and passing the ball to the open teammate away from trouble. The midfield transition was excellent for a first game.
“Offensively we were very balanced, with eight players scoring and almost half of the goals coming off assists. The attack was very patient in running our plays and executed most of them effectively.”
Krysta Beha led the Warriors (0-2 Freedom National, 1-2 overall) with five goals, while Amanda Chruscicki had three goals and an assist.
Cortland sophomore goalie Mikayla Cerio made six saves to nine for the visitors’ Gabriella Huther.
“The team came to play and played with heart tonight,” Pace said. “This was something I had been looking for them to do throughout our four scrimmages and they struggled with it. On the day that it mattered they found their heart and desire to compete. This is what allowed them to control every aspect of the game.”
CORTLAND JVs beat Whitesboro 14-4 as Shea Swartout led the way with three goals. Monica VanDonsel had two goals and an assist while Samantha Edinger, Danae Becker and Erin Brown had two goals each and Emily Saracene, Kayla Holl and Kelsey Block one goal apiece. Goalie Shaniqua Artis made 10 saves.
“We got the season started on the right foot with a nice win,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “We had some good passing sequences to work the ball up the field and hustled to ground balls. Shaniqua played very well for her first time in cage. It was a great team effort, with nine different players in the scoring column.”
Both Cortland teams are off until next Wednesday, when they visit Mexico.
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