April 29, 2016
Quick start boosts Homer
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central’s Justin Wainwright (left) tries to run through a check by Fulton’s Austin Wilde during Thursday’s OHSL Freedom lacrosse match-up at Butts Field.
Homer Central set the tone early and everyone got involved before the end of an easy OHSL Freedom National Division boys’ lacrosse win Thursday afternoon.
The Class C 20th state-ranked Trojans jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and maintained a 10-4 advantage by halftime. With the bench emptying in the second half, Homer added seven more goals and senior goalkeeper Zach Clark made 11 saves in the final 24 minutes as the Trojans posted the 17-6 victory over Fulton.
Homer improves to 5-0 in division play and 7-3 overall. Fulton falls to 2-5, 4-5 overall.
“Our starters got us seven goals in the first quarter and that helped set up the rest of the game for us,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “They gave us a good opportunity to get a lot of guys into the game.
“Clarky has hung in there for with us,” he continued. “He’s a senior and he was injured all last year, but still helped us out. He did a great job in the second half making 11 saves and allowing just two goals. Ethan Stiles and Drew Osborne got their chance and played well. It was nice to have a bunch of guys get involved in the scoring.”
Jake Riley led the Homer offense as the junior attackman scored three goals and handed out two assists. Junior attackman Stiles collected three goals of his own for the hat trick while sophomore attackman Dante Yacavone added to his team scoring lead with two goals and one assist. Yacavone leads the team in goals (29), assists (18) and points (47).
Senior midfielder James Denkenberger netted two goals for the Trojans. Scoring one goal and passing out one assist were sophomore attackman Vincent Basile, senior attackman Osborne and senior midfielder Jerrad Reiner. Senior midfielder Nate Cottrell, junior attackman Alex Record, sophomore midfielder Tucker O’Donnell, and sophomore midfielder Lars Roos each found the cage once while junior midfielder Max Riley and junior long-stick midfielder Jacob Rivers dished out one assist each. Senior midfielder Ryan Gabriel won 12 of his 16 faceoff attempts. Senior midfielder Tyler Ponticello was 5-for-9 at the X. Senior goalkeeper Mark Suits made eight saves in the first half and allowed four goals before Clark came in for the second half.
Austin Vashaw and Spencer Vono each scored three goals for Fulton. Austin Beckwith picked up one assist. Ben Hughes made nine saves in the Red Raiders’ cage.
Homer will begin a three game road trip Tuesday with a 7 p.m. non-league game at Christian Brothers Academy. The Trojans travel to East Syracuse-Minoa Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. OHSL Freedom Division game before wrapping up the road swing with a 7 p.m. non-league clash at Skaneateles.
“CBA will be interesting Tuesday night,” Cottrell said. “We got six quality opponents left and we will take them one at a time. We’ve grown up a lot over the last two months and we should be ready for the challenges ahead.”
HOMER JVs got back on the winning track Thursday with a 5-3 victory over visiting Fulton.
“It was a great win for the guys, “Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “We overcame several turnovers on our part and just found a way to win. Our close defense and goalie really played great. Offensively, it was nice to see Patrick Ponticello and Eric Suits figure in our scoring.”
Suits scored two goals and Ponticello netted one goal.
Homer (4-7 overall) led 2-1 after one quarter and 3-1 by halftime. Fulton cut the deficit to 3-2 after three quarters, but two Trojans goals in the fourth sealed the win.
Gabe Cline scored one goal and handed out one assist for the Trojans. Stephen Walter added one goal with Josh Cargen picking up one assist. Mike Turck finished with 18 saves.
Homer JVs will travel to Christian Brothers Academy Tuesday for a 5 p.m. contest.
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