April 25, 2012


Tigers hold off Raiders


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Kody Becker (5) harasses Fulton defenseman Mark Pollock (17) during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom Division lacrosse outing at Moiseichik Field. CHS was an 8-7 home field winner.

The Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team built a strong halftime lead and held on in the second half Tuesday night to score an 8-7 OHSL Freedom Division win over visiting Fulton.
“The game really came down to the final minutes,” Purple Tigers coach Matt Blaich said. “We had a four-goal lead going into halftime and Fulton did a good job to bring themselves back into the game. With the weather conditions being the way they were I felt that both teams played very well, moving and getting good quality shots.”
Cortland, now 5-2 in the league and 5-3 overall, had a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and was up 6-2 at halftime. The hosts led 8-5 heading into the fourth, in which the Red Raiders (2-3, 3-5) scored the only two goals.
Freshman attack Anthony Ricottilli spearheaded the CHS offense with four goals, while senior attack Chad Timmons had a goal and three assists, junior midfielder Pat McMahon a goal and two assists, junior midfielder Andrew Potter a goal and an assist and junior attack Kevin Parker one goal.
Senior goalie Casey Bergeron made 14 saves while Fulton’s Colin Blake stopped eight shots. Carson Vono scored twice to pace the visitors while Ross Maxam picked up five assists.
CORTLAND JVs fell to Fulton 11-4 as Conner Caughey scored three goals and Brian Litzenberger one for the Purple Tigers (3-5).
Both Cortland teams host Whitesboro at Moiseichik Field on Friday, starting with the JV contest at 5 p.m.
Homer JVs Nipped
A fourth quarter rally came up just short Tuesday as Westhill junior varsity boys escaped George Butts Field with an 8-7 lacrosse victory over host Homer Central.
“We had many good scoring opportunities,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “I thought our defense was solid and Tyler Wallace played well in the cage, however, we gave them too many easy scoring chances because of turnovers. That proved to be the difference tonight.”
Wallace finished with eight saves. His Westhill counterpart, Mick Keys, recorded 12 saves.
Matt McAnaney led the Junior Warriors with three goals and one assist. Ryan Zimmerman and Dan Hodgens chipped in with two goals apeice.
Anthony Basile scored four goals for Homer, who led 4-3 at halftime, but trailed 7-5 entering fourth-quarter play. Dean Riley, Danny Turck and Brad Sovocool each netted one goal for the Trojans. Riley dished out four assists while Turck had one helper.
In a late report from Saturday, Matt Suits scored two goals during Homer’s 13-4 loss at Jamesville-DeWitt. Basile and Riley each added one goal and one assist.
Homer will return to action Thursday, The Trojans will host Skaneateles at 5 p.m.


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