May 10, 2013


Homer squeaks past rival CHS

Trojans clinch sectional berth

LacrosseJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer goalie Libby Camp defends the goal from Cortland High’s Taylor Thomas shot attempt in the first half Thursday at Butts Field. Homer’s Hannah Kristof is defending on the play.

Staff Writer

In a lacrosse game full of momentum swings, a pair of underclassmen delivered the final knockout blow for Homer Central girls Thursday at George Butts Field.
Freshman midfielder Kim Dieroff scored her third goal of the game with 3:30 remaining to snap a 12-12 tie and sophomore midfielder Morgan Hollenbeck completed her three-goal hat trick off a free position restart with 2:23 to go to lift the Trojans to the 14-13 OHSL Freedom Division victory over visiting Cortland High.
The win allowed Homer to improve to 4-8 in division play and 6-9 overall, that sixth win being the magic number to get the Trojans into post-season play for the first time since 2010. That was the freshman season for Emma Porter and Logan McEvoy, the only two players currently remaining from that squad.
Cortland falls to 3-9 in the division, 4-11 overall.
“This was a tough game,” Homer head coach Ed Porter said. “The Cortland girls are good and they are well coached. It is a rivalry game so you never know what is going to happen.
“I am happy for our girls because they did finally pull one out,” he continued. “We’ve lost a number of games by one or two goals so it was nice to see them win one like this finally. We can enjoy Senior Night Monday against New Hartford a little more as well because we did clinch a sectional spot with our win,. It makes the game a little more relaxing. playing their last home game.”
“THIS WAS MY last Cortland game,” Emma Porter said. “It feels good to beat them and to also make sectionals. It was a big win for us. It was nice to have a lot of people scoring. It was a good team win.”
The turning point came with 11:10 left to go. Kelsey Quail had just scored for Cortland off an assist from Taylor Thomas to knot the score at 10-10. Homer’s 8-5 halftime lead was gone. The Purple Tigers had momentum and the Trojans were out of time-outs.
“I was telling my seniors that you have to figure it out,” Coach Porter said. “Girls lacrosse is a funny game. You have two timeouts for the whole game. Our seniors did step up and took control of the ball which was nice to see. That’s what we practiced for all year and they stepped up.”
“We haven’t had all the success I had hoped for this year,” he added, “but the success we have had is because we have spread out the scoring. Morgan and Kim and capable of three goals in a game and, today, Emma Gutchess threw in three so teams. They make sit hard for teams to focus just on Emma (Porter). It’s nice to have options.”
Cortland took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Liza Ferro and Thomas, but Homer scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead with 11:45 left in the first half. Hollenbeck got the Trojans on the board with 18:08 on the clock and Dieroff tied the game 19 seconds later after winning the draw control. Dieroff put the Trojans in front 3-2 while Cortland was a player down at the 13:49 mark. Porter and Nadine Downing followed with low shots to the feet of Shanique Artis.for the 5-2 cushion.
CLARE BARDSLEY USED everything at her disposal to get Cortland back in the scoring column with 9:41 left in the first half. Her free position shot caromed off Homer goalkeeper Libby Camp (8 saves), the post to Camp’s left and then off the back of Camp’s leg before crossing the goal line.
Emily Saracene found her own opening on Camp’s low side to put the Purple Tigers to within 5-4 with seven minutes left in the half, but the Trojans scored three of the final four goals of the half to enjoy the 8-5 advantage. Porter got her second goal, Emma Gutchess netted her first of three goals and Hollenbeck closed out the half.
Ferro netted Cortland only other goal of the half.
While Homer dominated the first half, Cortland came to life in the second half. After an exchange of goals, the Purple Tigers controlled the draws, the ground balls and the ball. that led to a three-goal run to tie the score at 9-9.
Ferro netted her third goal before Thomas scored twice to Camp’s stick side, the tying goal coming with 13:14 to go.
Olivia Porter put Homer back in front 10-9, Quail’s game-tying tally led to a three-goal Purple Tiger spurt. Marissa Rabusin gave Cortland the lead at 11-10 with 10:14 to play and Saracene to Cortland up 12-10 with 9:43 left.
Gutchess fired a shot by Artis with 8:11 to play off a nice pass from Olivia Porter.
began to play possession ball and got the equalizer with 5:32 left. Emma Porter found an open Logan McEvoy and the two from that last sectional team got their final Trojan team back to even at 12-12 and set up the youngsters game-clinching heroics.
Cortland didn’t go quietly. With 1:52 on the clock, Ferro notched her fourth goal off a free position. Trailing 14-13, the Purple Tigers show time slipping away, but they forced a Homer turnover with 55 seconds left. Cortland had one last chance, but could not complete the full field trip to tie the game.
“This was the toughest loss of the season,” Cortland coach Kim Pace said. “We played with the highest level of intensity for an entire game that we have played all season. Homer is a talented team and they work together very well. We just ran out of time.
“The girls should be proud of how hard they played,” she added. “Overall I think we played our best game of the season. Chickie Artis had an outstanding game in the cage with 11 saves. She stepped up big and had her best game.”
Cortland will host Fulton at 7 p.m. at Moiseichik Field Monday.
Homer will return to Freedom Division Monday. The Trojan will host New Hartford at 6:30 p.m. on George Butts Field.
HOMER JVs engaged Cortland JVs in the same thrilling contest as the varsity teams before the Trojans prevailed 12-11.
Homer led 7-6 at halftime before a two-goal spurt by Cortland put the visitors ahead 8-7. The Trojans scored five straight goals for the 12-4 cushion before the Purple Tigers got three straight to close to within one at 12-11.
Mollie Ferrito led Homer with five goals and one assist. Shea Swartwout was as impressive for Cortland with six goals and one assist.
Paige Potter recorded 13 saves for the Purple Tigers, Kendra Allen made 10 saves for the Trojans.


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