April 24, 2012
Trojans get road job done
ELBRIDGE — There were a lot of unknowns dancing through the minds of Homer Central lacrosse boys on Monday.
After a two-hour delay at the start of the school day because of the snow storm that hit the area Sunday night, would there even be a game that afternoon and what kind of shape would the grass field at Elbridge Elementary School be in?
None of those concerns mattered as the Trojans rolled to a solid 16-7 OHSL Liberty Division victory over host Jordan-Elbridge. The Trojans improve to 3-0 in division play and 6-2 overall, while the Eagles fall to 1-3 and 3-6 overall.
“The guys got off the bus and got it done,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “There were a lot of things to factor in before the game, but the guys did the things needed to get the ‘W’.
“The field was really in good shape,” he added. “It was firm and the footing wasn’t really a problem. We haven’t played on grass a lot this season and the field conditions were a non-factor.”
As they have nearly every game this season, Homer bolted out to an advantage during first quarter play. Aaron Zimmerman gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead with his unassisted goal 3:21 into the match. It would be the first of five goals for the senior as he increased his season total to 14 tallies.
Jordan-Elbridge got the equalizer two minutes later from Aurie Schwarting, who finished with two goals and one assist for the Eagles.
Then Homer closed out the quarter with a 3-0 run and enjoyed a 4-1 lead as the horn sounded. Austin Recor began the run with 5:30 left in the period. Casey Cleary followed with 3:29 showing and Brandon Maxson closed out the run with 2:45 on the clock. All three goals were unassisted.
The Trojans increased the advantage to five goals in the early stages of the second quarter. Jake Gray collected his fifth goal of the season off a Beau Riley assist with 8:42 left in the half. Zimmerman won the faceoff and scored six seconds later for the 6-1 cushion.
The Eagles scored two of the next three goals, sandwiching Zimmerman’s third tally. Cody Lewis stopped the Trojan run with 7:03 of the clock and he assisted on Mike McDonald’s goal with 2:55 left until halftime.
Zimmerman, who scored with 4:44 showing during that mini-burst by the Eagles, connected for the fourth time with 2:32 remaining until halftime. Sean Ferrito capped the first half with 27 seconds to go with an unassisted goal for a 9-3 Trojan lead.
Homer maintained its dominance in the second half. The two teams each netted two goals in the third quarter while the Trojans finished with a 5-2 advantage over the final 12 minutes.
Riley finished the game with three goals and one assist total. Maxson had two goals and two assists while Ferrito also netted two goals. The eighth Trojan getting into the scoring column was Alec Sovocool who scored once for his fourth goal this season.
The Trojans were again without the services of Conner Johnston, but with all the different scorers and the visitors claiming 17 of the 27 faceoffs taken it was truly another team effort.
“The guys have been stepping up nicely,” Cottrell said. “We weren’t as sharp as we were last Friday (in a win over Skaneateles), but they did play well. I can only believe we are getting stronger and deeper as different guys step up when their teammates are out.
“Brandon Maxson is doing a real good job up front with Sean and Beau,” he continued. “I’m really pleased with our second midfield group. Jake Gray, Chris Brown and Austin Recor have really come together as a unit.”
Homer held the advantage in shots (40-22) and was 3-for-10 on the man-up offense. J-E scooped up two more ground balls (16-14) while going 1-for-3 on the man-up. Noland Michels tried to keep his team in the game with 17 saves. Jonathon Cottrell stopped nine shots for the Trojans.
Homer plays host to LaFayette in a 7 p.m. contest on George Butts Field on Thursday.
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