April 05 , 2007


Trojans win big


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Lindsay Wilson (7) eyes the net as she prepares to fire in Homer Central’s first goal only 25 seconds into the game. Fulton defenders are Molly Heagerty and goalie Jordynn Merritt. Homer won, 19-10.

In this lacrosse shootout, Lindsay Wilson scored twice in the opening minute to send Homer Central girls on their way to a 19-10 victory over Fulton Thursday night.
Wilson finished with six goals for the Lady Trojans on their chilly Butts Field home turf, Homer improving to 1-1 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 3-1 overall.
“Lindsay Wilson played a great game. She stepped up and accomplished what we wanted her to do,” said Homer coach Jackie Reichert. “She took control of the offense.”
The Trojans had plenty of firepower. Danielle Shattuck finished with four goals, while Kaylee Benz and Cally Weddle finished with three goals apiece.
Meaghan Marchetti, Molly Siwula and Maratha Riley also scored for Homer. Goalie Krista Guy turned back eight Fulton shots.
The Trojans led 11-7 at halftime and held the visiting Red Dragons to just three goals over the final 25 minutes of play.
“The girls worked hard at practice to fix the mistake that they had made at J-D,” said Reichert, Homer coming off an 18-7 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt on Tuesday. “We are working on being more consistent from game to game.”
On Tuesday, the Trojans visit Westhil for an 11 a.m. contest.
HOMER JVS were shutout 11-0 by visiting Fulton Thursday. Lexi Johnston made 9 saves while Danielle Reygers recovered six groundballs.
“Our goal of the game as a team was transition and we did that,” said Homer coach Sallie Gilliland. “Now we just need to finish with a goal. “Our team played really hard especially in the cold wintery conditions. All my girls are moving ahead in skill, and knowing the game of lacrosse and that is what we are working on day to day. They did well tonight.”
“Lexi did really well today,” Gilliland added. “A lot of her saves were from one on one shots.”
Reyger was the Homer defensive player of the game and Alaina Ryan was the Trojan Offensive Player of the Game
Homer JVs will return to action April 17 by traveling to Chittenango for a 5 p.m. contest



OT still unkind to Purple Tigers

It was a bit of déjà vu that Coach John Spallone and his Cortland high boys’ lacrosse team could have done without.
For the second game in a row at the SUNY Cortland Sports Complex, the Purple Tigers were beaten 7-6 in sudden-death overtime Thursday — this time by defending champion Jamesville-DeWitt in their OHSL Class B opener.
Syracuse CBA had beaten CHS Saturday in a similar scenario in the championship game of the fourth annual Dave Guido Invitational.
Jim Marshall was the hero for the Red Rams, now 3-0 in league play (where they’ve won 31 straight games over the last three seasons) and 3-1 overall. Marshall took a pass from Christian Daly and coming from behind the cage to score from point-blank range to the right of Cortland goalie Zach Zayac with 30 seconds left in the first four-minute extra session on a bitterly cold afternoon.
“This time we had the ball first in overtime,” Spallone said, CBA having won the opening faceoff in the opening OT period Saturday and scoring to end it. “We couldn’t generate the quality shot we needed._J-D stood their ground pretty well defensively. Then we lost Marshall on the backside, left him wide open, and that led to their goal.
“In a high-intensity game between top-quality teams, you have to make decisions about what to do with the ball and when,” he added. “We made bad decisions at critical moments that cost us possessions, scoring opportunities and goals. Against quality teams, you’re not going to get away with that. You’d think that two overtime losses against two of the best teams in the section wasn’t bad, but we have to improve our decision-making on the field.”
The final outcome of the contest negated a final-second goal by CHS junior defenseman Jesse Brown that sent the game into overtime. Senior midfielder Theo Bishop picked up the rebound of a shot by Brown and fed it back to him across the top of the pipe. Brown jammed the ball home past Red Rams goalie Zack Paz from point-blank range on the left-wing side as time expired in regulation.
Cortland led 2-1 after the first quarter and 4-3 at halftime. The two teams were deadlocked at 5-5 entering the fourth. Senior midfielder Dan Leonard scored twice for the Purple Tigers (0-1 league, 2-2 overall), while Bishop had a goal and two assists, Brown and junior attackman Jack Spallone a goal and an assist apiece and junior midfielder Brad Rogers one goal. Leading scorer Joel White was held scoreless by the visitors.
Daly had two goals and two assists, John Clark two goals and an assist and Mike Edwards two goals for J-D.
Zayac made 18 saves to 15 for Paz as the Red Rams had a 21-19 shot advantage.  


CHS encouraged despite loss to J-D

DeWITT — Though her Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team was beaten 10-7 by host Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday evening, Coach Kim Pace was encouraged by what she saw.
“Despite the final score,” the entire team played the best game they have all season,” the Purple Tigers coach said, her team now 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in the OHSL Freedom Division. “Everything we have been working on is finally starting to come together. Our midfielders did a great job with transition, finding the open player and moving the ball down the field in the air.”
The teams were tied at 2-2 and 3-3 before the Red Rams scored three straight goals to take control in the first half, which ended with J-D up 7-4.
Senior midfielder Kim Natoli and junior midfielder Janelle Stegeland scored 35 seconds apart early in the second half before junior attack Kim Hall tied the game, off an assist by junior_midfielder Bailey Reagan, 3:05 in to tie the score at 7-7.
The Red Rams (3-0) took the led back just 50 seconds later on the second of two goals by Lauren Cobb and tacked on two more down the stretch for the final margin.
“The game was played in a snowstorm,” Pace said. “By the second half you couldn’t see the lines on the field. This resulted in very sloppy and dangerous play for the majority of the game. We made a run at a comeback at the beginning of the second half to tie it up, but as the weather deteriorated so did out scoring opportunities.”
Stegeland ended up with two goals and two assists to pace Cortland, while Natoli had two goals, Reagan a goal and an assist and Hall and Beth Cutia one goal apiece. Meredith Howe had three goals and two assists for the winners, while Lauren Cobb had two goals and an assist, Ashriel West and Kristal Buck two goals each and Lauren Sala a goal and an assist.
Cortland had a 16-14 shot advantage, and goalie Danielle DePerno made four saves to nine for J-D’s Tara Prosak.
Pace praised seniors Kelly Griffin and Stephanie VanGorder for their defensive efforts.
“Caitlin Stevens played an amazing game. She had over half the draw controls and any ground ball that was anywhere near her,” said Pace of the junior midfielder, Cortland winning draws by a whopping 16-3 margin. “Caitlin and Beth Cutia again had the job of marking the opponent’s top scorer. Melissa Jaworski had nine goals in two goals coming in and they held her scoreless.
“Our entire offense worked together to settle things down and run our offensive plays instead of trying to do it on their own as they have in the past few games,” she added.



Homer softball outing moved

The Homer Central softball team had its scheduled appearance in the Jordan-Elbridge Tournament postponed from this Saturday to the following weekend on April 14.
The Trojans are scheduled to face Corcoran in an opening round game at noon. J-E and Nottingham are also in the tournament.
SUNY CORTLAND had its softball visit to Oswego slated for this afternoon postponed to Tuesday. Tomorrow’s scheduled hosting of SUNYIT has also been called off.
The women’s lacrosse visit to Buffalo State Saturday has also be played at a soon to be determined later date.