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April 12, 2010

 

Lancers hold off Trojans

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Despite a solid defensive effort for three quarters, Homer Central boys could not hold off their more-skilled lacrosse foe over the final 12 minutes.
LaFayette scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to increase a narrow 6-5 advantage to a final score of 11-5 in a battle of two of the top Section 3 Class C high school teams at George W Butts Field Saturday afternoon.
Both teams came into the non-league showdown unbeaten, the Lancers improving to 3-0 overall while Homer falls to 4-1.
“We battled a very good team,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “They did jump on us early, but we weathered that. We came back and did stay with them for three periods. We had a couple of man-up opportunities to tie the game, but didn’t capitalize. We made some critical turnovers in unsettled situations and they took advantage.”
LaFayette did start quickly.
Lyle Thompson won the open faceoff and used his speed to race down field and fire a shot by Trojan goalkeeper Nick Larue in just eight seconds for a 1-0 lead. Jeremy Beresovoy add a pair of goals nine seconds apart for the 3-0 cushion. Beresovoy (4 goals) took a nice feed from Mile Thompson (4 goals-2 assists) with 8:48 left in the quarter to make the score 2-0. He converted again with a diving shot off a pass from Lyle Thompson (3-2) nine seconds later.
The Trojans were reeling, but then regrouped. As the home team started getting some shots, they began putting pressure on the Lancers. With 3:14 left in the opening period, Luke Pedersen found a hole in the upper left corner to the cage and stuck the ball in that space for the first Homer goal.
A Trojan turnover in the LaFayette defensive zone turned into a fourth Lancer goal. Lyle Thompson scooped up the groundball, outran the pursuit, split two more defenders and fired the shot into the cage with 1:32 left in the quarter. LaFayette had a 4-1 lead.
The second quarter saw the Trojans continue to build momentum. By firing shots at the cage, good things can happen. Aaron Darr found that out as his shot with 10:43 left in the half trickled into the goal as Homer closed to within 4-2. The ball deflected off a Lancer defender or goalkeeper Tim Printup, who played the second quarter after Chris Klaiber started in goal for the visitors, and rolled across the goal line.
Three minutes later, Aaron Zimmerman let a shot fly as he was diving outside the crease. It found his mark and settled in the back of the netting as the Trojans now trailed 4-3.
Another transition goal by LaFayette regained a two-goal cushion. Again, Lyle Thompson was on the fastbreak. This time he fed the ball to Beresovoy for the finisher and a 5-3 lead with 3:12 left in the first half.
IT WAS JUST over one minute later when Carl Zimmerman scored the 150th goal of his career. Zimmerman found a hole and beat Printup (one save) with a nice shot. It was also the 214th point of his career, tying him with Mike Dugan for third-place on the all-time scoring list.
The game stayed at 5-4 when officials waved off a Miles Thompson goal with five seconds left in the half. A debate ensued and the half ended when the remaining time was run off the clock.
Homer controlled play for a good portion of the third quarter, but LaFayette got goal from Lyle Thompson with 2:32 left in the period as the Lancers led 7-5.
The Trojans pushed the counter-attack after a nice save by Larue (seven saves). The ball came to Connor Ferrito and he beat Klaiber (seven saves) with a quick shot. Homer had the momentum and trailed 6-5 with four seconds left in the third quarter.
LaFayette reacted aggressively and went on the attack. Miles Thompson scored two minutes into the fourth quarter. Beresovoy added his fourth goal 49 seconds later and the Lancers led 8-5. The Trojans were making mistakes in their defensive end and the Lancers were looking to put the ball away.
With 8:35 to go, Lyle Thompson scored again and LaFayette had its biggest lead in the game at 9-5. Lyle Thompson added one more goal with 3:41 remaining off a feed from his brother Miles. It was Miles who netted the final goal with 2:36 to go.
Homer actually won 11 faceoffs to nine for LaFayette, but the Lancers used its edge in shots (35-28) and groundballs (42-31) to win the battle of unbeatens.
IT WAS A GOOD showing by the Trojans young defensive unit, keeping the high-powered Lancers at bay for three quarters. Larue matured between the pipes and show a lot more promise.
Homer lacrosse has little time to think about this loss. The Trojans return to OHSL Class B action Tuesday as Jamesville-DeWitt comes to George Butts Field at 7:15 p.m.
“J-D is another good team that we must face,” Cottrell said. “It’s not just another game, it’s a league game. If we want to win the league, we need to take care of things Tuesday night. We have to be ready to play a better game than we did today.”