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April 17, 2009

 

Missed chances hurt Trojans in loss

MARCELLUS — Steve Brissette scored his only goal of the game, but it was the game winner. Brissette netted the unassisted tally with 1:27 left to lift Marcellus boys to a 7-6 OHSL Liberty Division lacrosse win over visiting Homer Thursday. The Mustangs improve to 1-3 in division and 3-3 in overall play. The Trojans fall to 1-3 in division play, 2-3 overall.
“We played alright, but we let Marcellus stay in the game,” said Homer coach Tom Cottrell. “We are really in a rut right now. For the most part, we dominated the game.
“We had a lot of opportunities, but we just did not cash in on our chances,” Cottrell continued. We hit the goal post a lot. We just are not finishing our chances like we did earlier in the season.”
Carl Zimmernan netted his first goal of the game in the first quarter while Evan Hughes scored for Marcellus. That left the game at 1-1 through one quarter.
The Trojans opened a little daylight during second quarter play. Zimmerman scored an unassisted goal with 4:15 left in the first half. Paul Armideo added a goal with 2:07 remaining in the half after taking a nice fees from Luke Pedersen.
The Mustangs closed the margin to 3-2 as Will Nolan notched his only goal of the game with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
Homer reclaimed a two-goal cushion at 4-2 with 3:42 left in the third quarter. Aaron Darr scored the man-up Trojan goal.
Marcellus closed out the quarter with three goals in the final 2:14. Matt McCaffer began the run with Nolan assisting. Josh Ginestro netted his first goal with 1:29 to go in the third quarter with Nolan again assisting to tie the game at 4-4. With 31 seconds showing, McCaffer scored again with an assist from Ginestro as Marcellus took a 5-4 lead into the fourth quarter.
Homer started the final period down a man after a three-minute illegal stick penalty was levied against the Trojans. Marcellus did not score during the penalty, but Darr netted his second goal of the goal with 10:14 remaining. Connor Ferrito assisted as the Trojans tied the game at 5-5.
Marcellus jumped back on top with 5:24 left. Hughes notched his second goal of the game as the Mustangs led 6-5.
Zimmerman completed his hat-trick with an unassisted goal with 1:49 to go, tying the game at 6-6. The deadlock was short-lived as Marcellus scored the game-winner just 18 seconds later.
Brad Stowell helped to keep the Mustangs in the game with his 19 saves as Homer dominated in shots (31-19) and groundballs (27-15). Paul Zimmerman recorded nine saves between the pipes for the Trojans.
Homer will return to Liberty Division action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Westhill Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest.