April 13, 2011
Adaptable CHS grabs road win
EAST SYRACUSE — The Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team was missing a key component but adapted well Tuesday evening.
The Purple Tigers were without senior attackman and leading scorer Phil Potter due to a concussion as they visited East Syracuse-Minoa. The defense came through, blanking the Spartans in the first half, and the offense was sharp as well en route to a 7-3 OHSL Class B victory.
“It was our first game without Phil,” CHS coach John Spallone said, both teams now 3-1 in league play and 3-2 overall. “The team knew that the challenge was in front of them to step up and they responded very well. The defense, anchored by a great performance by Casey Bergeron (13 saves), who played his best game in goal, shut out a fairly potent offense for the entire first half. Brian Strough, Greg Congdon and Clay Fickenscher, all at close defense, and Casey Dailey, stepping into the long-stick middie role, played a solid complete defensive game.
“At the offensive end our middies had to have a bigger role and they did, from Andrew Potter (sophomore midfielder, Phil’s brother) dominating the faceoffs (winning 11 of 14), to scoring five of our seven goals. Austan DiIorio (senior midfielder) had a good shooting night, scoring three goals, and so did Colby Reagan (senior), scoring and playmaking from the midfield with a goal and two assists. T.J. Bardsley (senior midfielder, one goal) and Pat McMahon (sophomore midfielder, assist) had dual roles, splitting time between attack and midfield.”
Senior attack Dave Fernandes scored twice for the winners, who were actually outshot 23-21 in the game.
As noted, Cortland blanked ES-M in the first half, scoring twice in each of the first two periods for a 4-0 halftime lead. The visitors were up 6-2 entering the fourth quarter. Spallone also said that the defensive players mentioned, as well as Andrew Potter and/or Zach Daniels at short-stick middie, were instrumental in the Purple Tigers holding ES-M scoreless in 10 man-up opportunities. CHS, meanwhile, converted on two of its three extra-man chances.
Garrett Smith scored twice and Daniel MacDougall once for ES-M, while goalie Alexander Krawec made 15 saves.
Cortland hosts first-place Jamesville-DeWitt at 4 p.m. Thursday.
CORTLAND JVs lost 8-1 to visiting East Syracuse-Minoa, Mike May scoring the only goal for the Purple Tigers (1-2) who visit J-D on Thursday.
Kevin Parker made 12 saves while in the Purple Tiger nets, Quin Mulherin stopping eight shots during his time between the pipes. Matt May won the Team Hustle Award.
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