May 3, 2016


Purple Tigers’ defense shines in defeat

Despite the final outcome, Cortland Hiºgh girls’ lacrosse coach Kindra Catalano was happy with at least one aspect of her team’s performance in Monday night’s narrow 8-7 non-league loss to visiting Chittenango.
“Our defensive unit played one of its best games of the season,” Catalano said, her team now 4-9 overall. “Molly Doubet, Morgan Tabel, Kathleen Starr, Chloe Bush and goalie Paige Potter, in connection with our middies, worked well together. There were some driving plays that just did not go our way, which is disappointing because the improvement was fantastic.
“Scoring on free positions was a struggle and the Chittenango goalie, Allie Denton, came up with saves,” she added, the Bears’ senior with eight saves in the win. “Our off-ball movement from Jesyka Davis and Lauren Swartz gets better each game, and I’m excited for them to continue to grow their roles in this program.”
Davis is a sophomore and Swartz a freshman at CHS.
It was the second one-goal game between the two teams this season, the Purple Tigers having won 11-10 in two overtimes April 22 in a league game at Chittenango.
Junior midfielder Margaret Reagan led Cortland with three goals and now has 22 on the season. Senior midfielder/attack Jackie Rosetti scored two goals, her 16th and 17th. Senior midfielder Shea Swartwout scored her team-high 42nd goal and assisted on three others and freshman defender Morgan Tabel netted her second goal of the spring.
Senior attack Lauren Billington had three goals and an assist and senior midfielder Nicole Zimmer scored three goals for the Bears (6-5), who led 4-3 at halftime and got a goal and an assist apiece from senior attack Brooke VanGorden and senior midfielder Ashley Young.
CHS goalie Potter also made eight saves as the winners had a 23-17 shot advantage.
The Purple Tigers host Tully Thursday in a non-league game starting at 6:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs beat Chittenango 12-4 to improve to 6-3 on the season as seventh-grade midfielder Hannah Partigianoni scored five goals and had two assists and eighth-grade midfielder Grace Call scored three goals. Freshman attack McKenna Morris scored twice while eighth-grade midfielder Abby Ricottilli had a goal and an assist and eighth-grade midfielder/defender Jenicah Brown scored once.
Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gibbons made 15 saves while Hailey Watt stopped 11 shots for the Bears, who trailed 5-2 at halftime got one goal each from four different players.
“Hard work on the draw circle paid and an effective ride, which caused many turnovers, contributed to our success,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “We saw the field well, with half of our goals being assisted.”
The JVs visit Fulton Saturday at 11 a.m.
— Homer Central girls visit Westhill this evening at 6 p.m. Cortland and Homer boys have non-league outings, CHS visiting LaFayette at 4:30 p.m. while Homer is on the road at Syracuse CBA in a 7 p.m. start.


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