April 19, 2013
CHS earns payback by toppling Spartans
The Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team got some payback Thursday night with a 12-7 OHSL Freedom Division win over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa.
“It was a tough, hard-fought league game,” Purple Tigers coach Matt Blaich said, his team now 4-1 in league play and 6-1 overall after coming up big on their Moiseichik Field home turf.
“ES-M beat us the second time we played last year, and I think that the guys returning wanted to get this one back. Andrew Potter had an all-around great game, both on offense, with six goals, and at the faceoff position,” he added, praising his productive senior midfielder. “Anthony Ricottilli, who has been a leader for this team all year even as a sophomore, came up huge with five assists.”
Senior attack Pat McMahon and junior attack Brett Timmons scored twice each for the winners, who bounced back from a loss to division leader Jamesville-DeWitt earlier in the week.
“We made a few adjustments this week, switching players around and trying to get more guys opportunities out there. It was great to see new names getting on the scoring sheet,” said Coach Blaich. “Michael Thomas (junior midfielder) scored his first goal of the season, which really helped spark this team and helped lead a scoring run in the third quarter. Kevin Parker was the leader that we needed him to be in the goal for us making 16 saves.”
Corey Haynes had two goals and an assist and Andrew Rosso two goals for the Spartans (2-4 league, 2-6 overall), while goalie Alec Miller made nine saves.
After forging ahead 7-5 at halftime in a tight opening quarter, four unanswered third period goals put CHS in control — taking an 11-5 advantage into the final 12 minutes of play.
The Purple Tigers visit Onondaga Saturday in a non-leaguer that starts at 11 a.m.
CORTLAND JVs lost to ES-M 5-2, falling to 2-3 in the process, as freshman attack Nick Swartz and sophomore attack Mike Gibbs had one goal each and sophomore goalie Jack Hearn made 13 saves. The CHS defense, including Hearn, was cited for its play.
The JVs host Homer Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on the grass field.
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