April 13, 2013
Trojans romp past Spartans
It seems like Homer Central is back on track in boys’ lacrosse.
After the rough three-game losing streak against three top-shelf opponents, the Trojans have rebounded with two straight OHSL Freedom Division victories.
The latest came Friday night as Homer’s Sean Ferrito scored four goals and dished out three assists during an 18-6 victory over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa at George Butts Field.
Nine different players scored goals as the Trojans improve to 3-1 in division play and 3-3 overall.
The visiting Spartans fall to 1-3 in the Freedom Division, 1-5 overall.
“We did get off to a good start,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said, an eight-goal second quarter creating a 13-5 halftime cushion. “Things really kicked in in the second quarter. The kids did a nice job.
“Our first goal is still to win the league title,” he added. “To make that rematch with J-D relevant, we need to take care of business until then. We did that twice this week.”
Ferrito continues his solid start as the senior attack has a team-leading 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists.
Jake Gray, Brandon Maxson and Casey Cleary accounted for half of the Trojan goals as each scored three times. Gray and Maxson also had one assist.
Beau Riley was a big helper throughout the night. The senior attackman handed out six assists and he scored once. Brad Sovocool, Jimmy Durkee and Nate McLyman netted one goal each while Anthony Basile notched his first varsity goal.
“Offensively, we are getting good production and creating opportunities,” Cottrell said. “It started with Chris Birchenough winning 20 of 26 faceoffs. Jake Gray keeps getting better and better each game. It was nice to see him, Casey and Brandon get three goals while Sean had four goals. Anthony getting his first varsity goal was nice too.
“Beau is really working hard to become a well-rounded player,” he continued, referring to Riley. “There are nights where we need him to score goals. Tonight he didn’t need to, but he found the open guy and got them the ball. That’s what a senior leader is suppose to do.”
Corey Haynes scored four times and assisted on a goal to lead East Syracuse-Minoa.
In the goal, Alec Miller recorded 10 saves for the Spartans. Jonathan Cottrell stopped four shots for the Trojans in three quarters of work. Jack Connery stopped one shot after he took over for the fourth quarter.
HOMER JVs had a valiant comeback bid come up a goal short, the Trojans (3-2) having a two-game winning streak end with an 8-7 loss to ES-M.
“We battled back from a tough first half where we were in the penalty box too much,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “We won the ground ball battle and outshot them, but their goalie (Nick Drego-13 saves) played well.”
“During our timeouts late in the game, we were able to communicate what we needed to do, both offensively and defensively,” he added. “I am very pleased with the way the guys executed things. We had a great look at the end that just missed. I think the guys learned some important lessons that will help them be successful in our upcoming games.”
Baylie Goddard led the Homer comeback with three goals and one assist. Baylie Wood, Ryan Wainwright, Brody Urban, Dylan Williams-Bachman each netted one goal. Wood dished out two assists while Drew Osborne and Jacob Durkee each assisted once.
East Syracuse-Minoa was led by Jeremy Perry, Jake Kohlbrenner and Jeff Tode. Perry scored three goals with one assists. Kohlbrenner scored twice and dished out four assists while Tode netted two goals as well.
Mark Suits made four saves in the Trojan goal while teammate Connor Haldane made one stop during his stint in the cage.
Homer will return to Freedom Division action Thursday. The Trojans host Whitesboro in the 7 p.m. Butts Field match-up. The Homer JVs play the preliminary game at 5 p.m. against the Whitesboro JVs.
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