April 08, 2009
Eagles can’t handle Trojans’ attackmen
Carl Zimmerman exploded for seven goals and two assists on a chilly Tuesday night at George W. Butts Field as Homer Central lacrosse boys had little trouble improving to 2-0 on the season.
The Trojans clipped Jordan-Elbridge 15-5 in the OHSL Division II opener for both squads. The visting Eagles fall to 1-2 overall.
Zimmerman leap-frogged six former Trojans to move into 19th-place on the all-time time list with 83 goals and 28 assists for 111 points. The junior has 10 goals and four assists this season.
Trojan senior Paul Armideo followed up his 11-point, seven-goal opening game showing with five goals and two assists against the Eagles. Armideo leads the team in goals (12), assists (six) and points (18) at this early-season juncture. He is just two points away from 100 career points with 63 goals and 35 assists.
“Our attack is playing real well right now,” said Homer coach Tom Cottrell. “We got 12 of our 15 goals from the attack. Paul and Carl are getting the goals, but John Sciera is doing a nice job up top and helping to distribute the ball.
“We were a little rusty in the beginning of the game, having not played in 10 days,” Cottrell added. “We continued to get better as the game progressed. Our defense played a better game. All the guys have really been working hard.”
Aaron Darr got Homer on the board first. The junior midfielder ripped a shot into the cage with 10:50 left in the first quarter for a lead that the home team would never surrender.
“Aaron Darr set the tempo for us,”said Cottrell. “He has been working hard for us, hustling, and he got the first goal for us.”
It took six minutes for the Trojans to get their next goal. Armideo tallied with 4:48 left in the quarter for a 2-0 advantage.
Jordan-Elbridge recorded its first goal one minute later when Josh Livingston converted a nice feed from Jeff Guadagnolo to make the score 2-1, but the Trojans closed out the quarter strong. Armideo netted his second goal as the Trojans led 3-1.
Homer opened the second quarter with a three-goal run to double its lead. Zimmerman scored the first goal in the run off a feed from Armideo with 7:29 left in the first half. Zimmerman added an unassisted goal 45 seconds later. Armideo closed out the run at the 3:32 mark with Zimmerman assisting.
The Eagles got a goal from Abe Patrick with 3:27 left in the half before the teams close out the half swapping goals. Armideo completed his hat-trick with 2:15 showing, but Livingston countered with his second goal of the game with 1:02 left until halftime. Homer headed into the break with a 7-3 cushion.
The Trojans put the game out of reach by opening the second half with four unanswered goals. Armideo began the blitz with 0:33 left in the third quarter off a Zimmerman pass. Zimmerman netted an unassisted goal 10 second later and again with 7:28 left in the quarter. Zimmerman scored his third straight goal of the quarter with 6:01 left. this time Armideo picked up the assist.
Zack Stevenson stopped the run with his goal for Jordan-Elbridge. That unassisted goal came with 4:37 left.
Three more Trojans goals put Homer in front 14-4 with one quarter remaining. Zimmerman scored with 4:00 and 1:34 on the clock to sandwich Darr’s second goal with 2:53 to go. Connor Ferrito assisted on the second Zimmerman goal in this sequence.
The Trojans closed out the their scoring with 8:30 left in the game.Sophomore long-stick middie Cody Sandy recorded his first varsity goal for a 15-4 Trojan lead. Sandy was on a nice ride when the ball came loose. He scooped it up, raced down the field and scored.
Stevenson recorded his second goal of the game for the Eagles with 7:08 remaining to complete the scoring.
Connor Smart tried to keep Jordan-Elbridge in the game as he made 16 saves. Paul Zimmerman recorded seven saves for the Trojans.
Homer held the advantage in shots (36-17) and groundballs (25-10), but each team won 10 face-offs. Neither team scored a man-up goal as the Trojans were 0-for-6 while the Eagles were 0-for-2.
Homer will return to action Thursday as the Trojans host Skaneateles at 7:15 p.m. on Butts Field. The defending Section 3 Class C champions will be a solid test for the Trojans. JV boys action will commence at 5 p.m.
“We will know where we stand playing Skaneateles,” said Cottrell. “This will be a good early-season test for us. By the time this game is over, we will see where we stack-up against one of the best teams in the division.”
HOMER JVs got a three-goal burst by Hunter Osborne to take the Trojans from a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 advantage. The Trojans never trailed again to posted a 15-5 victory, improving to 2-1 on the season.
“Hunter broke the game open for us in the first quarter and we played well from that point on,” said Homer coach Nick Patriarco. “It was really nice to so the teamwork on the field. we scored 15 goals and there were nine assists.”
In addition to Osborne’s three-goal goal, Tae-ho Ryu and Patrick Kiernan also netted three goals each. Ryu added one assist to his point total for the day. Zach Hatfield, Conner Johnston, Nick Potter, Logan Hall, Aaron Zimmerman and Zach Gutchess scored one goal each. Hatfield added three assists, Johnston assisted twice with Potter and hall each having one assist. Thomas Austin also notched one assist for the Trojans.
Nick Larue and Zach Williams shared the goalkeeping duties. Larue made six saves and Williams recorded three saves. Ben Cheney had five saves for Jordan-Elbridge.
HOMER GIRLS will make it a lacrosse tripleheader Thursday. The Trojan girls are scheduled to travel to Cazenovia, but Fenner Field is unplayable so the varsity game has been moved to Butts Field with a 3 p.m. start time. JVs girls will now travel to Cazenovia May 26 for their make-up game.
Homer 15, Jordan-Elbridge 5
Jordan-Elbridge 1 2 1 1 — 5
Homer 3 4 7 1 — 15
Goals-Assists: JE- Josh Livingston 2-2, Zack Stevenson 2-2, Abe Patrick 1-0, Jeff Guadagnolo 0-1. Homer- Carl Zimmerman 7-2, Paul Armideo 5-2, Aaron Darr 2-0, Cody Sandy 1-0, Conner Ferrito 0-1.
Shots: Homer 36, J-E 17
Ground Balls: Homer 25, J-E 10
Faceoffs: Homer 10, J-E 10
Man-up goals: Homer 0-for-6, J-E 0-for-2
Saves: Connor Smart (J-E) 16, Paul Zimmerman (Homer) 7
Homer JV 15, Jordan-Elbridge JVs 5
Jordan-Elbridge JVs 3 0 1 1 — 5
Homer JVs 6 4 2 3 — 15
Goals-Assists: J-E- Gale Thorpe 5-0, Anthony DeSanto 0-1. Homer- Tae-ho Ryu 3-1, Hunter Osborne 3-0, Patrick Kiernan 3-0, Zach Hatfield 1-3, Conner Johnston 1-2, Nick Potter 1-1, Logan Hall 1-1, Aaron Zimmerman 1-0, Zach Gutchess 1-0, Thomas Austin 0-1.
Shots: Homer 28, J-E 14
Ground Balls: Homer 28, J-E 12
Faceoffs: Homer 18, J-E 6
Man-up goals: Homer 1-for-1, J-E 0-for-4
Saves: Nick Larue (Homer) 6, Zach Williams (Homer) 3, Ben Cheney (J-E) 5
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