May 1, 2009
Too much Rams offense for CHS
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Colby Reagan of Cortland High falls to the turf after putting the ball past J-D goalie Dan DeStefano and Joe Shepard (10) during Thursday’s lacrosse clash. Visiting J-D was a 19-7 winner.
Cortland High boys’ lacrosse coach John Spallone was still upbeat, despite his team’s 19-7 loss to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday afternoon.
“Everyone played well, as well as on Tuesday,” Spallone said referring to an earlier 16-7 win over Fulton. “We played a good solid game against a top-level opponent, in our league and the section. They capitalized on their possessions. We did too, but not as often.
“They moved the ball with one, two or sometimes three passes until they found the open man. Eric (Burch) made some great saves, but no one’s going to make every one, and little by little the game separated,” he added, senior goalie Burch finishing 13 saves.
Bursch was kept busy as J-D held a 42-20 shot advantage.
“We were even in every category but shots, which of course meant lots more offensive opportunities for them,” said Spallone. “Despite the score, the kids played well. We have our problems addressed, but ran into the juggernaut of the league.”
J-D, now 7-0 atop OHSL Division B and 8-3 overall, led 5-3 after the first quarter but used a 5-1 second-quarter advantage to move to a 10-4 halftime lead. The winners were up 15-7 after three, and scored the only four goals of the final stanza.
Senior attackman Brandon Planck led the way with three goals for Cortland (2-5 league, 3-9 overall), giving him 52 for the season. Senior midfielder Will Fickenscher scored twice and had an assist, while sophomore attackman T.J. Bardsley and sophomore attackman Colby Reagan had a goal apiece.
Eric DeJohn scored five goals to pace J-D, while Jeff Sciera scored four times. Cameron Stone had a two goals and three assists, Jake Bratek two goals and an assist and Robert Elbers two goals.
The Purple Tigers host New Hartford at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
THE CHS GIRLS’ lacrosse team is off to a 7-1 start after nipping host Westhill 9-7. Tricia Rosetti led the way with two goals and four assists, while Kristy Litzenberger had two goals and an assist, Kelly Knauerhase two goals, Julia Porter a goal and an assist and Ashley Behrenfeld and Alex Charles one goal each.
The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse program is having a combination car wash/can and bottle drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at O’Shea Tire on Tompkins Street.
Jamesville-DeWitt 19, Cortland 7
Jamesville-DeWitt 5 5 5 4 — 19
Cortland 3 1 3 0 — 7
Goals-Assists: Jamesville-DeWitt- Eric DeJohn 5-0, Jeff Sciera 4-0, Cameron Stone 2-3, Jake Bratek 2-1, Robert Elbers 2-0, Mac Keehfus 1-3, Joseph Esposito 1-0, Peter Goss 1-0, Robby Wengert 1-0, Colin Short 0-4. Cortland- Brandon Planck 3-0, Will Fickenscher 2-1, T.J. Bardsley 1-0, Colby Reagan 1-0, Phil Potter 0-1, Josh Tomko 0-1.
Shots: Jamesville-DeWitt 42, Cortland 20.
Faceoffs: Jamesville-DeWitt 15, Cortland 13.
Ground Balls: Jamesville-DeWitt 26, Cortland 22.
Man-Ups: Jamesville-DeWitt 1-for-6, Cortland 0-for-5.
Saves: Dan DeStefano (J-D) 9, Eric Burch (C) 13.
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