April 21, 2010
CHS dominates Raiders
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Cortland High’s Colby Reagan (10) tries to get past Fulton defender Coby Hogan during Tuesday’s OHSL lacrosse confrontation. Reagan had three goals as Purple Tigers romped at home, winning 18-6.
A sequence to close out the first quarter told the tale of the Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team’s 18-6 OHSL Class B win over visiting Fulton Tuesday afternoon.
Junior midfielder Colby Reagan scored with 15 seconds left in the stanza to make it 8-0 for the Purple Tigers, who came down after winning the faceoff and got a goal with one second left from senior attackman Brandon Planck, assisted by junior attackman Phil Potter.
The hosts didn’t let up much from there, either.
“We played a very dominant game from the start,” said CHS coach John Spallone, whose team is now 4-1 in the league and 5-2 overall. “It was the closest we’ve come to playing four full quarters, a solid effort. We were very effective with our offense, with 10 assists on 18 goals — 10 from attackmen and eight from midfielders — and played solid defense for the majority of the game. We had one mental lull (in the third quarter, when each team scored four goals) but pulled out of it and re-established.
“Fulton has some good, hard-working players,” he added of the visitors, now 0-6 in the leauge and 0-8 overall. “Their goalie (Eric Belair) is top-level, their offense is opportunistic and they play solid defense. They were a little short-handed for the game, and don’t deserve to be winless.”
Potter led the winners with three goals and five assists, while Planck and junior midfielder Dave Fernandes had three goals and an assist apiece and Reagan notched three goals. Junior midfielder Austan DiIorio scored twice and added an assist, senior attackman Josh Tomko had two goals and notching one tally apiece were freshman Andrew Potter (Phil’s brother) and sophomore Chad Timmons, the latter with his first varsity goal.
Planck now has a team-high 21 goals this season and has scored 99 goals in his three-year varsity career, putting him on the threshold of becoming the 10th player in the history of the Purple Tigers program to score 100 goals in his career.
Spallone praised the faceoff work of junior attackman T.J. Bardsley, Andrew Potter and senior defenseman Jerrod Mahar, the winners with a 15-7 advantage in that department.
Senior goalie Eric Burch made seven saves to 17 for Belair as the Purple Tigers piled up a 36-17 shot advantage.
Cortland visits league-leading Jamesville-DeWitt at 11 a.m. Thursday.
CORTLAND JVs defeated Fulton 11-7 Tuesday morning as Pat McMahon led the way with four goals and an assist. Anthony Stento had three goals and an assist for the Purple Tigers, now 4-2, while Brandon Paquin, Josh Gutchess, Tom Chappell and Andrew Price each scored one goal. Goalie Casey Bergeron notched an assist.
CHS coach Bob Edwards noted that “Our defense was highlighted by solid goalie play and hustle b defenseman Jordan Nemecek.” The hosts had a 3-2 lead after one quarter, and the game was tied 5-5 at halftime. Cortland took an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Cortland JVs visit Jamesville-DeWitt on Thursday and host New Hartford at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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