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April 5, 2010

 

Zimmerman milestone as Homer romps

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

While the spotlight certainly will shine on Carl Zimmerman as he wraps up his record-setting career at Homer Central, the Trojan boys are much more than a one-person show.
Coming into Saturday’s non-league game at George Butts Field, the Trojans were averaging 17.5 goals per game. They hit their average again with a 17-10 victory over Marcellus to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
Zimmerman scored six times and added two assists, becoming just the fourth Homer player in school history to score 200 points in his career. the senior has 13 goals and eight assists this season while his career total is now 207 based on 146 goals and 61 assists. He needs just eight more points to pass Mike Dugan (156g-58a-214 pts.) for third place on the all-time list.
“I’m really excited about the mark,” Zimmerman said of reaching 200 points. “It’s a good accomplishment, but the real accomplishments come in the terms of wins on the field by our team.
“Personally, I have had a lot of help,” he continued. “A lot of those goals were assisted. We have been moving the ball around well the last two games. It really is a team effort to help me get my personal goal.”
In addition to Zimmerman, senior classmate John Sciera added three goals and two assists. Aaron Darr also netted three goals while Connor Ferrito scored twice with four assists. Factor in Aaron Zimmerman (1g-2a), Luke Pedersen (1g) and Hunter Osborne (1g) and it was another game with seven players or more contributing offensively.
Ferrito has been a huge part of the early success by winning face-offs and getting ball possession for the Trojans. As a team, Homer won 24 of 31 face-offs against Marcellus (0-1 overall). In fact, it took the Trojans just 32 seconds to score the first goal as Ferrito won the draw and got the ball to Zimmerman who made a nice pass to Pedersen for the finishing shot.
“Coach (Chris) Moore has been helping me out with my face-offs,” Ferrito said. “He worked with me this summer. He is a JV coach this season and we spend time together working on face-offs after practice. He really has helped me a lot.
“A lot of us worked hard on our stick skills in the off-season,” he added. “We played box lacrosse at the (J.M. McDonald) Sports Complex and everyone has worked to get better. That has really paid off for us.”
Marcellus got on the board one minute later as Carmen Brienza found the back of the net.
Zimmerman gave Homer a 2-1 lead with 8:34 left in the opening quarter. He started with a nice attack from behind the goal and finished strong as Mustang goalkeeper Brad Stowell could not react quickly enough.
Again, Marcellus tied the game quickly. Matt McCaffer scored his first of three goals with 7:36 left in the quarter.
Undaunted, Ferrito won another face-off and sparked a 3-1 run by the Trojans over the remainder of the quarter. He found a gap and fired a rising shot into the cage for the 3-2 lead. Zimmerman made it 4-2 with an unassisted goal with 5:14 left on the clock before Greg Ramsden (4 goals) scored for the first time to make the score 4-3.
Sciera found the cage with four seconds left in the quarter off a feed from Zimmerman for a 5-3 advantage.
Homer took control of the game in the second quarter with five unanswered goals to build a 10-3 cushion. Darr scored on the man-up with 10:08 remaining in the half. Zimmerman scored at the 9:53 and 8:16 marks before Darr struck again. Zimmerman completed the run with 3:50 left in the half.
Ramsden and McCaffer each scored once in the closing two minutes of the half to pull Marcellus to within 10-5.
Each team scored three times in the third quarter. The Trojans got goals from Osborne (man-up), Aaron Zimmerman and Carl Zimmerman. Marcellus countered with Steve Brissette, Luke McNaney and Ramsden.
Homer left no doubts in the fourth quarter. Sciera scored off a Ferrito assist with 10:58 remaining in the game. Ferrito won the face-off and scored again in just six seconds for a 16-8 advantage. Sciera and Darr closed out the Homer scoring with man-up goals for a 17-8 lead with 6:30 to go. The Trojans were 5-for-9 on the man-up offense.
Marcellus scored the final two goals of the game. Ramsden closed out the game with a man-up goal with less than 20 seconds remaining. It was the first man-up goal scored by a Trojan opponent in 11 tries this season.
“We have stressed that special teams play is important,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We have been better on the man-up this season (8-for-15). That was the first man-down goal we have allowed all season. We’ll take those kind of stats all season long.”
Nick Larue played well for Homer with 10 saves between the pipes, including a couple of nice point-blank stops. Roger Trombley came on in the second half for Marcellus and made four saves.
Homer will face return to OHSL Class B action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Cortland High for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
HOMER JVS played hard, but dug a 5-0 hole through the first three quarters during a 6-3 loss to Marcellus JVs Saturday at Butts Field.
Austin Record scored twice in the fourth quarter for the Trojans (2-1) and Sean Ferrito added one goal to the Homer attack.
Connor Wheeler scored three goals for the Junior Mustangs while Kevin Hutchings netted two goals.
Homer JVs will host Cortland High Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Butts Field.