April 10, 2009


Lakers hand Trojans 1st loss

Skaneateles takes early showdown, 11-8


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Carl Zimmerman (right) looks for an opening in the Skaneateles defense during Thursday’s lacrosse showdown at Butts Field. Zimmerman scored twice in Skaneateles’ 11-8 victory.

Staff Writer

It took a little while for Skaneateles to get going, but once they did the Lakers built a four-goal lead that would prove insurmountable in this early-season lacrosse showdown.
Kelly Donigan netted three goals with three assists and senior teammate Patrick Emmer added three goals and one assist as the visiting Lakers posted an 11-8 OHSL Liberty Division win over previously undefeated Homer Central boys.
Skaneateles improved to 2-0 in division and overall play. The Trojans fall to 1-1 in division play, 2-1 overall.
“There were two good clubs on the field,” said Skaneateles coach Ron Doctor after beating a Trojan team ranked sixth in this week’s Class C state poll. “I know it was a good game for the fans to watch. Our young kids are still learning and they are finding out how to adjust to each circumstance. We made some good strides tonight against, obviously, a good Homer club. We were fortunate to come out with things the way they were. There are a lot of things both teams can build on.”
“It was a great contest between two good teams.” Homer coach Tom Cottrell added, Skaneateles the defending Class C sectional champion. “We made some uncharacteristic mistakes which led to some turnovers that hurt us in certain situations..”
Things were looking good for Homer in the first six minutes at George W. Butts Field. The Trojans won the opening faceoff and were setting a controlled tempo with good ball movement. The one downside was junior attackman John Sciera getting leveled coming across the crease. He did try a brief return in the second half, but did not stay in the game long.
“John is a big part of what we do offensively,” said Cottrell of the loss of Sciera. “Kyle Davis did come in and do a good job. To lose John when we did, and how we did, it is a little disheartening. Kyle did step up and we have other guys who can step up to fill each other’s roles. Unfortunately, tonight, we just did not do enough. against a good team.
“I am very proud of our effort overall,” Cottrell continued. “The guys gave me everything they possibly could. We just did not make some good decisions with the ball.”
After the Trojans missed a golden opportunity on the man-up, Aaron Darr still gave Homer a 1-0 lead with 6:13 left in the quarter.
Skaneateles took advantage of the only two Homer penalties in the game to take the lead. Donigan scored a man-up goal with 4:24 left in the quarter to tie the game at 1-1 before Emmer tallied on the man-up two minutes left for a 2-1 Laker lead.
Undaunted, the Trojans got the equalizer from Luke Pedersen off a nice feed from Paul Armideo with 35 seconds left in the quarter. Pedersen finished with two goals in the game while Armideo notched four assists.
The second quarter saw the Trojans failed to capitalize on another man-up in the second minute of play as Skaneateles slowly began to take control.
With 5:31 left in the half, the Lakers took the lead for good. Nathan Hunt had a tough angle, but fired a shot inside the right post to give the visitors a 3-2 advantage. Emmer won the next faceoff and scored 27 seconds later for a 4-2 Laker lead.
With 1:11 to play in the half, Donigan assisted with a nice pass to Kyle Baier for his of two goals to make it 5-2 Skaneateles before fluke goal closed out the half. Trojan goalkeeper Paul Zimmerman was trying to clear the ball, but ball came free about 40 yards from the Trojan goal. Thomas Schoener scooped up the loose ball and lobbed it into the open goal with 10 seconds left to give Skaneateles a 6-2 advantage.
Homer started the third quarter strong with Carl Zimmerman scoring 44 second into second-half action. Armideo assisted on the play to notch his 100th career point.
Skaneateles countered with goals by Donigan and Kevin Castle for an 8-3 lead with 5;35 left in the quarter. It was the biggest lead of the game as the Lakers threatened to blow things wide open.
The Trojans regrouped an began building momentum in the final three minutes of the quarter. Pedersen scored off an assist from Armideo to begin a three-goal run by Homer with 3:07 to go. Darr tallied with 1:01 left in the quarter and Zimmerman netted his second goal off a feed from Darr just before the horn sounded to end the quarter. The crowd was excited as the Trojans trailed 8-6.
Skaneateles made sure the rally was squashed, however. Emmer completed his hat-trick with 9:44 left in the game and Baier added his second goal of the contest with 8:52 remaining as the Lakers retook a 10-6 lead.
Darr tried to rallied the troops one last time. He notched his third goal of the game with Connor Ferrito assisted to pull the Trojans to within 10-7 with 6:44 left.
The two teams traded goals in the final five minutes. Donigan scored for Skaneateles and Ferrito answered for Homer with 3:36 on the clock for the final goal in the game.
Paul Zimmerman made 14 saves between the pipes for the Trojans to keep his team in the game. Cal Winkelman recorded seven saves for the Lakers.
Homer will return to action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Cazenovia for an 11 a.m. Liberty Division contest.
HOMER JVs ran their winning streak to three games as Nick Larue made nine saves while Hunter Osborne pumped in two goals. The Trojan JVs (3-1 overall) posted a rare shutout with a 7-0 win over Skaneateles as Butts Field.
“The guys were very focused,” said Homer coach Nick Patriarco. “They came out aggressive and real determined to play well tonight.”
Nick Potter, Aaron Zimmerman and Osborne each tallied first-quarter goals as Homer took a 3-0 lead. That would be all the team needed as the defense as solid and Larue answered the call between the pipes when he was tested.
Zach Hatfield and Tae-ho Ryu each scored one goal and dished out two assists for the Trojans.
Homer will travel to Cazenovia Tuesday for a 1 p.m. JV contest.

Skaneateles 11, Homer 8
By periods:
Skaneateles 2 4 2 1 — 11
Homer 2 0 4 1 — 8
Goals-Assists: Skaneateles- Kelly Donigan 3-3, Patrick Emmer 3-1,Kyle Baier 2-0, Thomas Schoener 1-1, Kevin Castle 1-0, Nathan Hunt 1-0. Homer- Aaron Darr 3-1, Luke Pedersen 2-0, Carl Zimmerman 2-0, Connor Ferrito 1-1, Paul Armideo 0-4.
Shots: Skaneateles 33, Homer 25
Groundballs: Skaneateles 25, Homer 20
Faceoffs: Skaneateles 14, Homer 9
Man-up goals: Skaneateles 2-for-2, Homer 2-for-4
Saves: Paul Zimmerman (Homer) 14, Winkelman (Skan) 7

Homer JV 7, Skaneateles JVs 0
By periods:
Skaneateles JVs 0 0 0 0 — 0
Homer JVs 3 1 2 1 — 7
Goals-Assists: Homer- Hunter Osborne 2-0, Zach Hatfield 1-2, Tae-ho Ryu 1-2, Nick Potter 1-0, Austin Recor 1-0, Aaron Zimmerman 1-0.
Shots: Homer 26, Skaneateles 13
Groundballs: Homer 36, Skaneateles 14
Faceoffs: Homer 6, Skaneateles 5
Man-up goals: Homer 2-for-6, Skaneateles 0-for-7
Saves: Joe Doggan (Skan) 12, Nick Larue (Homer) 9