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April 16, 2010

 

CHS makes F-M work for this win

MANLIUS — It was a good news-bad news scenario for Cortland High boys’ lacrosse coach John Spallone in the wake of Thursday afternoon’s 16-8 non-league loss to Class A host Fayetteville-Manlius.
“I was happy about our ability to score eight goals against an excellent defense, and not happy about a number of their goals, which we gave away too easily,” Spallone said, his Purple Tigers now 4-2 overall. “They didn’t really cruise. We played them tough for three quarters.
“In the second quarter we got a couple of bad breaks, bouncers in front that they were able to put in,” he added. “Their roster is about double the size of ours. Their coach told me that they have 11 midfielders, and every one plays. We hadn’t seen anything like their full-field game, especially in transition.”
The Hornets, now 5-0 overall, led 4-3 after one quarter, then scored the first five goals in the second to go up 9-3 and take control of the contest. CHS scored twice before F-M wound up the first-half scoring, going into intermission with a 10-5 lead. The hosts led 13-6 after three quarters.
Josh Tomko led Cortland with three goals, while Brandon Planck had two goals and an assist, Colby Reagan two goals and Phil Potter a goal and two assists. Ari Waffle had four goals and an assist for Fayetteville-Manlius, while Matt Klepper and Andrew Murphy had two goals and an assist apiece and Brendan Englert two goals.
“They’re good, and were patient enough to get some separation on us,” Spallone said of the Hornets. “They’re solid offensively and defensively, and in particular their goaltender, Stefan Basile, settled down and made four of his nine saves in the third quarter (reserve Ethan Flack stopping two shots in the fourth), keeping us off the board when we were trying to get back into it.
“The sense I got out of our kids was that they would have liked to have put a better foot forward; the second quarter got away from them. To their credit, they adjusted and played a pretty solid second half and did what they needed to do. We played very well in some spots, and not very well in others. Problems with clearing led to more possession time for them, and when you get off track a good team will jump all over that.”
Cortland goalie Eric Burch made 15 saves as the Hornets had a 39-19 shot advantage. Spallone pointed out that several of Burch’s stops were of the point-blank variety. He also praised Andrew Potter for his faceoff efforts in winning 10-of-26, noting: “Most of the losses were attributable to wing play.”
Cortland returns to OHSL Class B league action Tuesday, hosting Fulton at 12:15 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs beat host Chittenango 16-11 on Wednesday. Pat McMahon led the way with seven goals.
Brandon Paquin added five goals and an assist for the Purple Tigers,who led 5-1 at halftime and are now 3-2 on the season. Tom Chappell had two goals, Anthony Stento a goal and an assist and Zach Daniels one goal for the winners. CHS goalie Casey Bergeron made 20 saves and earned praise from coach Bob Edwards, as did the Cortland offense for its solid effort.
The Purple Tigers host Fulton Tuesday in a 10 a.m. start at the high school.