April 27, 2012
Middle two quarters key to Homer victory
It was a similar start to their previous encounter April 17 as LaFayette took an early lead against Homer Central boys in an OHSL Liberty Division lacrosse rematch at George Butts Field Thursday night.
The difference was hat the Trojans remained close, using 10-goal run to rally and roll to a 13-6 victory. Homer improves to 3-0 in division play and 7-2 overall. LaFayette falls to 2-2 league, 4-3 overall.
“We trailed 4-1 after one quarter the first time,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “This time, we were right there. We had opportunities early, but weren’t scoring. We took control in the middle two quarters and had a great run.
“Jon (Cottrell) made some great saves to keep us going,” he added. “The defense was solid and our offensive figured out what to do. The guys started moving better, finding the open man and finishing their shots. It was a nice win and a great team effort.”
LaFayette jumped out to a 2-0 lead during a seven-second span early in the first quarter. Louie Geswaldo gave the Lancers the lead off a Nate Beresovoy assist with 10:01 left in the opening quarter. LaFayette came right down the field again with Matt Beebe (3 goals-1 assist) converting a pass from Nabil Akl with 9:54 showing for the two-goal cushion.
Beau Riley got Homer on the board with 8:47 left in the opening quarter. The Brandon Maxson-assisted tally made the score 2-1 and that score remained through the remainder of the quarter.
The Lancers and Trojans traded goals in the early stages of the second quarter as the LaFayette lead grew to 4-2. Beebe and Beresovoy scored for the visitors with Austin Recor the middle of the Lancer sandwich for Homer.
The first half moved inside the three-minute remaining mark when Sean Ferrito scored off an Anthony Contento long clearing run and pass to pull the Trojans to within 4-3 with 2:59 left. This was the beginning of the run.
Ferrito scored again with 1:23 to go off an assist from Riley to tie the game at 4-4. It was Ferrito who completed his hat trick with 4.3 seconds left in the half. Aaron Zimmerman assisted as Homer took a 5-4 halftime lead.
Homer began to pull away in the third quarter. Riley scored twice, the first time with Ferrito assisting, and Zimmerman netted an unassisted goal as the Trojans led 8-5 through three quarters.
The Trojans continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter. Casey Cleary scored 39 seconds into the final stanza with Ferrito collecting his fourth goal 11 seconds later off a feed from Conner Johnston. This was the first game back for Johnston his he rolled his ankle in the first LaFayette game. Zimmerman (2-1) found the cage from Jake Gray with 9:42 remaining and Cleary scored again just 24 seconds after Zimmerman as the Homer advantage grew to 12-4.
LaFayette score twice in the final six minutes of the game. Beebe snapped the Trojan scoring run with 5:55 to go. Riley collected his fourth goal for Homer with 5:21 remaining before A.J. Prichard closed out the scoring with a Lancer goal with 4:51 on the clock to make the final count 13-6.
Johnston’s return also meant Homer controlled the face-offs. Johnston took eight of the 11 draws he was on and Zimmerman was five-for-seven. Overall, Homer won 15-of-20 showdowns in the ‘X’.
Jonathan Cottrell finished with eight saves in goal for the Trojans. Elliott Lyons made seven saves for the Lancers before yielding to Noah Walburger after three quarters, Walburger recorded five saves,
Homer travels to Onondaga Community College for a 12:30 p.m. OHSL Liberty Division match against Onondaga Central Saturday.
HOMER JVs built an early lead and survived a furious fourth quarter comeback bid by Skaneateles to post a 12-11 win Thursday at Butts Field. The Trojans are now 5-5 on the season.
Homer enjoyed a 7-5 lead at halftime and built the advantage to 12-5 through three quarters. Dean Riley led the Junior Trojan attack with five goals. Anthony Basile added four goals and two assists to the winning formula with Brad Sovocool collecting two goals and Bryan Cavellier netting one goal with two assists.
“We were able to build a nice lead through three quarters by controlling the ball in our offensive end,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “I saw a lot of improvement from many of the guys tonight. Dean Riley won a ton of face-offs and Scotty Walter played great in the middle of the field.”
Skaneateles roared back into the match with six fourth-quarter goal to make things interesting. Nick Palmer and Owen Kuhns were the only multiple goal scorers for the Junior Lakers. Palmer netted four goals while Kuhns scored twice with one assist.
“We lost our intensity in the fourth (quarter) and Skaneateles didn’t quit,” Patriarco said. “I’m glad we were able to hang on for the win.”
Tyler Wallace recorded seven saves between the pipes for Homer. Max Lumbardi made six saves for Skaneateles.
Homer JVs return to action today at Holland Patent.
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