April 19, 2011
Porter, Gray shine in Trojans setback
It was another tough lacrosse loss for Homer Central girls Monday morning, but it was a historic day as well.
Sophomore attack Emma Porter set a new school record for points in a game with seven goals and four assists, while junior midfielder Katelyn Gray became just the fifth girl in school history to score 100 career goals.
Unfortunately, those accomplishments came during a 19-16 OHSL Freedom Division lacrosse loss to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt. Homer falls to 3-6 overall, 2-4 in Freedom Division action. J-D improves to 2-0, 3-2 overall.
“It was a back and forth game,” Homer coach Ed Porter said. “It was a big improvement from the Cortland game where we didn’t really play very well.
“I would say it was the first time this season that we played two consistent halves,” he added. “We just had a stretch in the second half where we didn’t control the draws and J-D took advantage. The girls really play hard.”
Gray gave Homer a 2-0 lead with 20:44 left in the first half with her first goal of the game, which was her 100th for her career. She finished with five goals and one assist.
The Trojans led 3-0 before J-D battled back to enjoy an 8-7 halftime advantage.
The second half was a scoring frenzy with a total of 20 goals tallied by the two foes.Lauren Swan (4 goals-1 assist) gave J-D a 9-7 lead 18 seconds into second-half play, but Porter and Gray counter with Trojan goals just 24 seconds apart to tie the game at 9-9 with 22:36 to go. Taylor Fallon (5-3) put the visitors back on top at 10-9 with 22 minutes remaining , but Homer took its last lead in the game within the next three minutes. Gray tied the game at the 20 minute mark and Porter tallied one minute later for an 11-10 Trojan advantage.
This was where the Lady Rams began controlling the draws. Over the next six minutes, J-D scored six unanswered goals to build a five-goal lead. Taylor Bierwagen scored twice during the run. Swan, Lauren Beville (3-3), Fallon and Kayleigh Cavanaugh netted one goal each. Cavanaugh’s goal coming with 10 minutes to play completed the run.
The Trojans came fighting back. Mercedes Slade scored with seven minutes on the clock. Logan McEvoy got her third goal of the game 13 second later and Porter scored with 5:30 to play as Homer closed the deficit to 16-14.
With three minutes to play, J-D scored three goals within a 58 second span to put the game away. Bierwagen scored twice and Swan once for a 19-14 advantage with two minutes left.
The Trojans did not go quietly. Gray found the cage with 1:36 to play off an assist from Porter, who garnered her 10th point of the game to tie single-game points record shared by Kaylee Benz (2008 vs. Fulton) and Haylee Baldwin (1990 vs. Cicero-North Syracuse). Porter set the new standard 19 seconds later with her seventh goal and the Trojans trailed 19-16. that would be it for the scoring on either side.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates help,” the sophomore said of her record-setting game. “Both Katelyn and I are just trying to do whatever we can to help the team. Whether it’s scoring goals and assisting, it really doesn’t matter.”
The reality is both players could finish 1-2 on the final all-time scoring list. Lindsay Wilson (2006-2008) is the current leader with 161 points. She shares the career goals record (125) with Mary Cutia (1994-1996), but has one more assist (36-35) than Cutia for the overall top spot.
Wilson moved into sixth place with 118 point on 104 goals and 14 assists. She passed Benz (117) and Katlyn Anderson (113) with her six-point day. Kate McNerney (2004-2006) and Benz are the other two players with 100 goals exactly in their careers. Anderson (2002-2005) just missed with 99.
Porter leap-frogged over four players and now shares the 13th spot on the all-time scoring list with Katie Hayes (1995-1998). Porter has 91 points on 69 goals and 22 assists. Hayes has 79 goals and 12 assists in her career.
The Trojans will return to action on April 26, visiting East Syracuse-Minoa for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Homer JVs are off during spring break.
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