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April 22, 2011

 

Seventh straight Trojans win

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Neither wind, a brief glimpse of sunshine nor snow could slow down Homer Central boys Thursday on George Butts Field.
Conner Johnston netted five goals and doled out one assist as the Trojans won their seventh straight game with a 14-2 lacrosse victory over Whitesboro in an OHSL Class B outing. The ninth-ranked team in Class C improved to 6-1 in league action and 8-1 overall.
Last place Whitesboro falls to 0-6, 0-7 overall.
“It was a good win today,” said Johnston, who has 21 goals and eight assists this season. “We now get ready for our next game, our tough game, against J-D (Jamesville-DeWitt). We’re going to get after them.”
Homer visits first place Jamesville-DeWitt, the No.1 ranked Class B in the state, this coming Tuesday night at 7 p.m. looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Red Rams at Butts Field. That upcoming showdown and less than ideal playing conditions did not seem to distract the Trojans against Whitesboro.
“Once the game started, I really didn’t think about what it was doing. The weather didn’t really bother me,” said Johnston.
Not only was Johnston on his game scoring-wise, but he won 15-of-18 faceoffs that he contested at midfield.
“Last year, I really only had one move,” Johnston said. “I’ve been trying to work on my arsenal so I have different moves to trick my guy with.”
Aaron Zimmerman followed up his five-goal effort in a win over New Hartford this past Tuesday with two goals and four assists to share high-point game honors with his classmate. Zimmerman also has 21 goals this season and 18 assists.
“This certainly is one of the strongest teams we’ve had in terms of scorers,” Zimmerman stated. “We all played more over the summer than ever before. I think that has given us a lot more experience and confidence. We have that confidence that we can go with anyone and they can get the job done. I wouldn’t trade the guys on this team for anyone else.
“Defensively we have gotten so much better,” he added. “We slide to the ball well. We’re helping out and no one is getting burned right now. Jon (goalkeeper Jonathon Cottrell) is young, but he really knows how to play. The guys know what they are doing and they like playing together.”
“Whitesboro is struggling this year,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We started slow and didn’t shoot the ball well in the first quarter, but we also did not give them any opportunities. We started clicking in the second quarter and we did what we had to do. Now we look forward to Tuesday.
”We have four guys who are very tough to handle,” he added. “We also have good complimentary guys around them who can get the job done. I like our mix offensively. There are a lot of options and a lot of places to go for goals.”
Homer did start slow. The lone goal of the first period came with just six seconds remaining when Johnston converted a pass from Zimmerman.
Whitesboro tied the game at 1-1 53 seconds into the second period. Teddy Olney scored the first of his two goals for the Warriors off an assist by goalkeeper Tanner Metoyer (15 saves). A converted defenseman, Metoyer ran the length of the field on a clearing attempt and made a nice to Olney for the finish. Olney scored the other Warrior goal with 4:43 left in the third period off a Dan Barry assist.
The Trojans closed out the half with a 9-0 run, including six goals in a just under three minutes. Hunter Osborne (3 goals) began the run with 10:31 left in the half. off a Zimmerman assist. Connor Ferrito (4 goals) found the net just five seconds later before Zimmerman netted his first goal with 9:55 to go. Osborne scored a man-up goal at the 9:09 mark and he tallied again with 8:24 remaining. Both goals off Zimmerman passes.
Johnston, with an assist from Patrick Kiernan, scored with 2:11 left in the half and he scored again one minute later. Zimmerman closed out the scoring with 33 second showing before halftime.
Johnston and Ferrito each scored twice in the second half to close out the Trojan scoring.
Homer held the advantage in shots (47-16), ground balls (37-30) and faceoffs (17-3). Jonathon Cottrell made five saves between the pipes for Homer.
HOMER JVs continued to look better each time out. Brandon Maxson scored four goals and dished out two assists during the Trojans’ 9-1 victory over visiting Whitesboro.
“Our defense and goalie (Jack Connery) played very well while our offense was unselfish,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said, his team now 6-2 with the win. “We were able to capitalize on some good scoring opportunities. We still need to stay out of the penalty box to be successful.”
Jimmy Durkee checked in with two goals as did Jake Gray. Josh Maxson (3 assists) and Eric Metzger netted one goal each. Connery had two saves in goal.
Homer JVs will have an 4:30 p.m. face-off at Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday.

 

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