April 20, 2007


Spirited Trojans tripped by ES-M


Photo provided by Dick Reygers
Homer Central’s Kaylee Benz charges towards the goal to score during Thursday’s 10-8 loss to East Syracuse-Minoa at Butts Field.

Staff Writer

Even though it was a loss, it was one of the best games played by Homer Central girls all season long.
The Trojans came off with a fire that Coach Jackie Reichert has been waiting for all season long and every girl hustled until the final buzzer sounded. East Syracuse-Minoa came away with a 10-8 OHSL Freedom Division lacrosse victory at Butts Field after Jennifer Lewis and Kristen Darcy each netted four goals, but Coach Reichert was still very pleased with her girls in a tightly-contested battle.
“I am very proud of the girls right now,” said Reichert. “They played with intensity and they played with heart, something that they have not shown for 50 minutes in a game yet this season. The girls came into the game with confidence knowing that they had nothing to lose against a good team like ES-M. Overall, it was a great job by the girls today.
“The girls had been off five days with the snow day,” Reichert continued. “Five girls were away for spring break. Today was the first day we were back as a full team. To come out and play like this today was really great. We have the skills to be a good team.”
Darcy gave ES-M (3-1 league, 3-3 overall) two minutes the game, but Homer answered 30 seconds later when Cally Weddle scooped up a groundball, sprinted on goal from the midfield line and fired a shot passed Spartan goalkeeper Carissa Ficarro (eight saves) to tie the game.
Darcy scored again off a nice feed from Emily Chayka with 19:34 on the clock, but the Trojans (1-3, 3-4) countered when Kaylee Benz scooped up a loose ball 35 yards away from the ES-M goal. She broke in alone on Ficarro and beat her with a hard low shot with 15:41 left in the half.
ES-M junior Alecia Shaffer (13:50) and Trojan junior Lindsay Wilson (13:36) exchanged goals to keep the game deadlocked at 3-3.
The Spartans tried to pull away as Darcy netted her third goal of the contest with 13:15 left in the half and Lewis converted a free-position opportunity two minutes later for a 5-3 advantage.
Homer did not quit and fought back with three unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead. Benz scored her second goal of the game after a nice 360-degree spin and shot from five-yards out with 9:17 left in the half. Wilson recorded her 15th goal of the season off a free position with 5:48 on the clock and senior Danielle Shattuck put the Trojans in front with 1:43 left off another free position.
With the momentum on their side, the Trojans were riding high, but ES-M knotted the score at 6-6 with 43 seconds left until the intermission when Laura Matthews notched her only goal of the game for the Spartans.
The second half scoring started quickly as Darcy netted her final goal of the match just 41 second into the half, but Benz countered with her third goal with 21:18 left on the clock to even the score at 7-7.
Goals would prove too hard to come by the rest of the way as Ficarro and Trojan goalkeeper Krista Guy (three saves) took away many of the best scoring angles.
Homer actually took an 8-7 lead with 18:10 left in the game when Meghan Marchetti put a shot into the net while being fouled. The officials said that they blew the whistle for the foul before the shot and disallowed the goal. Marchetti did get a free position chance, but Ficarro stopped the low shot at her feet. The sequence seemed to take a little wind out of Trojans’ sails.
“It is really just a split-second decision that is totally in the officials control,” said Reichert of the call and the disallowed goal. “It is never a consistent call, because you wonder if the whistle did blow before or after the shot. It does seem to change every game.
“It was a turning point,” Reichert continued. “We would have had the lead. I don’t want to say that a particular call can make or break a game, but it does have an effect on the team at that point.”
It would be nearly 10 minutes more before ES-M took the lead for good when Lewis scored an unassisted goal off a free position with 8:38 to play. ES-M kept the pressure up and Lewis netted another unassisted tally with 5:41 for a 9-7 advantage.
With time winding down, Benz scored her fourth goal of the game, 14th of the season, off a free position with 3:51 remaining.
With the score at 9-8, the Trojans could not get many good looks at the goal as ES-M tightened up on defense and played good ball-control offense. With 54 seconds left, Lewis gave the Spartans a little breathing room with her final goal.
Benz and Wilson each got shots at the Spartan goal in the final 30 seconds, but Ficarro made the saves to secure the win.
Homer controlled the draws (12-8), shots (23-20) and groundballs (29-24), but it was ES-M who walked off the field with the hard-fought win.
“The (ES-M) free position shots were what really hurt us,” said Reichert. “We just could not stop them as well, but we really did control a lot of the game otherwise.”
“Our defense played great today,” Reichert added. “Our defense kept us in the game. We worked on doubling-up in the midfield. We stayed composed and did some good checking. We collapsed well on ES-M and made it hard for them to get down field at times. We did a good of getting to the 30 and pressuring the other team.”
Homer Central girls will return to action Saturday when the Trojans host Onondaga Central School in an 11 a.m. non-league contest.
HOMER JVs rallied from a 7-2 deficit before falling to East Syracuse-Minoa 9-7 in the first game of the evening at Butts field.
“I was very proud to be their coach tonight,” said Homer coach Sallie Gilliland. “They had so much heart, intensity, and pride when they came out of the locker room. I knew this was going to be a great game. My team showed themselves that they can come off spring break with success. Even though I have only had two days with them for practice this week because of the weather, they played really well tonight. I saw a completely different Homer JV girl lacrosse team and I loved it.”
Colleen Leary led the Trojan JVs (0-4 overall) with three goals.
Danielle Reygers earned the coach’s award after netting two goals. Kimmy Carboine was the offensive player of the game for Homer as she had one goal and six ground balls while Abby Phelps was the defensive player. Phelps came up with eight ground balls and one goal.



1st place Dragons sweep up Geneseo

GENESEO — Senior Dominique Talbot slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie as SUNY Cortland defeated Geneseo 5-3 to finish off a softball sweep Thursday afternoon.
The Red Dragons, who are among the “also receiving votes” section of the latest Division III national poll, also won the opener 8-4 as junior Annemarie Nelson hit her team-high fourth homer of the season at Raschi Field.
First place Cortland is off to a 6-0 start in SUNY Athletic Conference play, with a 17-7 overall record. The Red Dragons are home for the next three days to play conference doubleheaders with New Paltz this afternoon, Oneonta on Saturday and SUNYIT in a rescheduled contest Sunday.
Cortland 5, Geneseo 3: Talbot finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in the nightcap. Her run-scoring single highlighted a three-run third inning that gave the Red Dragons a 3-1 lead.
Geneseo (6-6 SUNYAC, 9-13 overall), which grabbed a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homer by Melissa Mason in the top of the first, tied the game on a two-run double by Liz Squairs in the top of the fourth.
Cortland’s winning rally in the top of the fifth started with a one-out single by junior Tina Milani, who was 2-for-3. Milani ended the game 2-for-3. Talbot then blasted her first homer of the season to give the Red Dragons the lead for good.
Cortland 8, Geneseo 4: Four Red Dragons recorded two hits as part of a 10-hit attack in the opener. Nelson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and senior Nicole Fredericks was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior Jamie Neuner was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while senior Blythe Beecher finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Cortland led 3-0 after Nelson’s solo homer and Milani’s RBI single in the second and Beecher’s RBI double in the third. Geneseo got a run back in the fourth on a leadoff homer by Kristen Newton. The Red Dragons responded with two runs in the sixth on Neuner’s two-run single and three in the seventh on a Nelson RBI single and a Fredericks two-run single.




Lions’ Hoyt tosses one-hitter

SOUTHPORT — After a long layoff, Dryden High boys visited Elmira Notre Dame Thursday and rolled to an 11-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I baseball victory.
The Purple Lions improve to 2-2 overall, 2-1 in IAC play and 1-0 in Division 1.
In other IAC baseball action, Odessa-Montour edged Elmira Heights Edison 3-2 and Lansing trounced Trumansburg 14-4. 
Spencer Hoyt picked up the win for Dryden as he threw a one-hit, complete game shutout with eight strikeouts. Andy Droste got the loss for END.
Hoyt would face two more than the minimum through four innings. In the fifth with one out, Ed Penner singled to center to break up the no-hitter.
Hoyt, who threw a total of 82 pitches, would close out the game in the seventh with a strikeout to complete the one-hitter.
“Spencer hit his spots all night,” said Brown. “His effort was outstanding. Now we need to follow suit on the mound and have the younger guys match his effort.”
The Purple Lions gave Hoyt all the run support he would need in the first inning by scoring seven runs en route to sending 11 guys to the plate in the inning.
IN IAC SOFTBALL, Elmira Notre Dame blanked Dryden 13-0, no details were available. Elmira Heights Edison shut out Odessa-Montour 6-0.
IN LACROSSE, Dustin Foote scored off an Eric Terreton assist as Dryden High dropped a 14-1 Section 4 decision at Whitney Point Thursday.