April 18, 2016


Purple Tigers’ skid is halted


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Harold Pallone (left) keeps East-Syracuse-Minoa’s Connor Smith out of the crease in the second quarter Saturday at Moiseichik Field.

After spotting visiting East Syracuse-Minoa a four-goal head start on Saturday morning, the Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team staged a sudden revival.
Getting three-goal outings from seniors Joe Piedigrossi and Chris Dovi, the Purple Tigers rallied to come up with a 12-9 win on their Moiseichik Field home turf to snap a modest two-game losing skid.
“We really looked like a different team in the second, coming out and scoring seven goals,” said Cortland coach Matt Blaich, his team now 3-2 overall after the OHSL Freedom Division victory. “ES-M is really a good team. We really played team lacrosse today to get this victory.”
Another Cortland senior, Connor Caughey, struck for a pair of goals for Cortland, who also had juniors Nate McCormick, Brandon Ludwig, Kiegan Brown and Harold Pallone scored goals.
Goalie Cameron Aldrich went the distance in goal for CHS, the junior coming up with 17 saves.
Coach Blaich also pointed to Cortland’s 36-15 ground ball dominance as crucial to the comeback.
Connor Smith had a big game for the Spartans, with four goals to go along with a pair of assist. Jeremy Perry picked up three assists and added a goal in the loss.
CORTLAND JVs fell to East Syracuse-Minoa 1-5, the visiting Spartans scoring five unanswered second quarter goals to pull away.
Alex Myers had four goals and assisted on a Pat Hartnett tally to lead the Purple Tigers (1-4), while goalie Kirkland Case came up with 15 saves in the loss.
“The boys gave great effort. They are working hard to master both the physical and mental part of the game,” said Coach Joe DiSanto. “However, our inexperience is showing with 12 out of 21 players playing their first year of lacrosse at any level.”
Cortland JVs visit Tully Tuesday in a 4:30 p.m. start, with the varsity squads to follow at 6:30 p.m.
— Homer Central boys have a challenge this evening when state-ranked Marcellus pays a 5 p.m. visit to Butts Field in a non-league outing.

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