April 30, 2007


CHS pulls away behind third quarter goal spree


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High midfielder Joel White looks for an opening against Horseheads defender Sean O’Donnell (19) in the second period of Saturday’s non-league lacrosse outing. White had six goals in 18-5 Purple Tigers victory.

With a crucial first place lacrosse showdown on the immediate horizon, the Cortland High boys were looking for a challenge.
The Purple Tigers certainly got one on a soggy Saturday morning from Horseheads, as the visitors from Section 4 played Cortland to a first half standoff.
It would take a 10-goal outburst in the third quarter to final put Horseheads away, as the Purple Tigers secured an eighth straight victory with a convincing 18-5 victory. CHS went on to out-score Horseheads 13-zip in the second half.
Joel White had six goals and an assist, Taylor Brown had four goals and an assist, Jack Spallone three goals and three assists and Nate Thomas two goals and three assists in this balanced CHS attack.
It was a good way for the Purple Tigers, now 10-2 on the season, to pick up a dose of confidence heading into Tuesday’s visit to first place Jamesville-DeWitt. That OHSL B Division showdown slated for a 7 p.m. start. Cortland has not lost a game since a 7-6 overtime loss to the Red Rams back on April 5.
Of course, being tied 5-5 with Horseheads at halftime put the win streak in a little jeopardy.
“The critical thing for us as a team, especially the verbal direction and more importantly the direction on the field of our seniors, is we definitely took charge a bit,” said Coach John Spallone of the CHS scoring spree that finished off Horseheads.
“We were making mistakes and the kids were kind of grumbling among themselves,” he added.
Getting their transition game cranked up led to a bunch of easy Purple Tigers goals during that impressive third quarter ambush, with assists coming on eight of the 10 tallies. Brown scored three times during the spurt, with White and Jack Spallone tucking away two apiece.
For the game, Theo Bishop had a team-high four assists to go along with a goal. Dan Leonard and Brad Rogers also scored in the victory.
Mike Conners and Kyle Fisher led Horseheads with two goals apiece, though the visitors were blanked in the second half.
“We just executed. We executed in the full field and it made for a lot of easy scoring opportunities,” said Coach Spallone, feeling that was critical on a day when footing made it harder to be successful in even-man situations. “It starts at the defensive end of the field for us. Zach_Zayac was incredible active outside the crease.”
Besides making eight saves, Zayac often triggered fast breaks by taking advantage of the open space Horseheads provided trying to keep CHS from clears.
Now comes Jamesville-DeWitt, sitting atop the B Division standings with an 8-0 mark. The Red Rams are ranked sixth in the state in Class B.
 CHS is 7-1 in the division and ranked 11th in_Class B.



Dragons run off with SUNY titles

FREDONIA — It was a huge day for SUNY Cortland men and women, as each squad captured first place at the SUNY Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships conducted this past Friday and Saturday.
Cortland men dominated with 228 points, with Geneseo a distant second with 125.50. Those top two schools were followed by Brockport (106.66), Buffalo State (99), Oneonta (80), Plattsburgh (76.83), Fredonia (35) and Oswego (27) in the team standings.
The Red Dragon women’s squad had 183 points to finish first. Geneseo finished second (162.33), followed by Buffalo State (108), Plattsburgh (80.33), Brockport (77.33), Oneonta (76), Fredonia (73) and Oswego (18).
— C. Fred Joslyn repeated as conference champion in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:04.23 to lead Cortland men. The senior from Chenango Forks also finished third in the 10,000 meters (31:43.83), an event in which Cortland took the top five spots.
Freshman Jerry Greenlaw won that 10,000-meter race with a time of 31:43.71, with sophomore Shamus Nally second, Joslyn third, freshman Seth DuBois fourth and sophomore Josh Henry out of Homer Central fifth.
Sophomore Jake Zanetti won the pole vault (14-5.25), while senior Matt Carpenter took top conference honors in the discus (137-0), second in the shot put (46-5.25) and sixth in the hammer throw (150-11).
For Cortland women, senior Christina Acquaviva out of Utica Proctor won her third straight conference long jump title with a distance of 17-10.25.
She also won the 100-meter hurdles (15.20), finished third in both  the 100-meter dash (12.78) and 200-meter dash (27.06) and fourth in the javelin (94-3) to account for 37 of Cortland’s points.
Freshman Fawn Dorr was a double winner for Cortland. She posted NCAA provisional times in taking first in the 400 meters (57.39) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.09).




Dryden sprinters shine, McCutcheon MVP

WAVERLY — Dryden High boys were fourth among 25 teams at the Waverly Track and Field Invitational held on Saturday, as Rex Hollenbeck and Matt Trevits sprinted to victories.
Hollenbeck led the field in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11-seconds flat, while Trevis won the 200-meter sprint in 23.0.
Hollenbeck anchored the second-place 1,600m relay team with Tim Scheftic, Dale Riley and Taylan Allmendinger that posted a time of 3:30.2.
The 3,200m relay team (8:25.4) of Andy Sober, Jesse McConnell, Chris Streeter and Matt Cardinal placed third. Billy Pargh was a third-place finisher in the triple jump with a personal best of 40-5.
Dryden girls were seventh as a team, as Lindsey McCutcheon was named the field event MVP with first place efforts in both the long jump (15-10.25) and triple jump (34-4.5).
Tara Brenner placed second in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 9-6.
Beth Schwab was fourth in the 1,500m after a personal best of 5:06.4 and she joined Brenna O’Brien, Clara Gallagher and Jessica Bush on the fourth-place 3,200m relay team (10:30.9).
Moravia girls placed 10th in the team standings with 17 points. DeRuyter tied for 12th with 10 points while Cortland tallied three points.
This past Friday, Homer Central girls were fifth at the Phoenix Firebirds Co-Ed Relays.
ONEONTA — Matt Rayl scored three goals and one assist as Dryden High boys made school history Saturday. The Purple Lion lacrosse team defeated Oneonta 6-5 for its first-ever win. Trevor Totman added one goal and two assists while Eric Cerretani and Marty Christofferson each netted one goal.