May 13, 2009


Second half surge carries CHS to victory


Bill Sinsabuagh/contributing photographer
Cortland High’s Katherine Hunsberger heads to the goal against Chittenango defender Rachel Antelmi during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom game. Hunsberger scored five goals in the 12-7 CHS win.

The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team moved from a 4-4 halftime tie Tuesday to score a 12-7 OHSL Freedom Division victory over visiting Chittenango.
The Purple Tigers, now 8-2 in the league and 9-4 overall, led by just 7-6 after Kayla Haynes tallied for the Bears (5-6, 6-8) with 19 minutes left. Katherine Hunsberger then scored three goals in a row in a span of 6:38 to key a five-goal CHS outburst that settled the issue.
Hunsberger ended up scoring five goals in only her second game of the season, while Marissa Mastronardi had two goals and two assists, Carly Cunningham and Casey Marks two goals each and Jacquie Clark one goal.
Jessica Antelmi had four goals to pace Chittenango. The winners had a 27-23 shot advantage and got 13 saves from goalie Caitlin Cottone, Emily Murray stopping 10 shots in the Bear nets.
“We came out ready to play today,” Purple Tigers coach Kim Pace said. “We have been talking a lot about playing with our hearts and our heads, and in this game everyone did just that. Other than a five-minute letdown at the end of the first half we made great decisions, minimized our mistakes and capitalized on Chittenango’s mistakes.
“Our low defenders — Kay Kostuk, Janesa Cornish and Izzy Wittmaack — worked so well together today, They can count on one another to be there for the slide or to shut down the fast break. Having the three of them down low working as a unit solidifies our defense. Izzy played her best game of the season with four caused turnovers and countless groundballs (CHS with a 50-30 advantage in that category).”
Pace noted that a slight letdown by her team, playing its second game in as many days, led to Chittenango being able to tie the game with three goals by Antelmi in a one-minute span just before halftime. She added that Cortland’s midfielders took control of the game at the start of the second half., and singled out Taylor Reynolds and Emily VanGorder for their defensive efforts in holding Jenna Barber, the Bears’ top scorer, pointless on the day.
“Our entire offense continued to be very patient with the ball,” Pace said. “They settled things down and took time off the clock each time down the field. We are learning that possession is the name of the game, and that if we are patient and make good choices goals will be the end result.”
CORTLAND JVs beat Chittenango 15-2 and are now 11-2 on the season. “Our midfield worked well to transition the ball and our attack played well to finish,” Purple Tigers coach Phyllis Litzenberger said. “We have more girls stepping up and working hard to give us more depth in the midfield and our attack players are now working as a unit. We made things happen from the draw control, to transition, to settling down our offense and pressuring on the ride.”
Kristy Litzenberger led the winners with four goals and two assists, while Kelly Knauerhase, Alex Charles and Nicole Evans had two goals each, Tricia Rosetti a goal and three assists, Julie Porter and Reba Aspinwall a goal and an assist apiece and Alex Pallassino and Caroline DeGrazia one goal each. Goalie Julia Convertini made seven saves.
Both Purple Tigers squads visit East Syracuse-Minoa Thursday.

Cortland 12, Chittenango 7
By halves:
Chittenango 4 3 — 7
Cortland 4 8 — 12
Goals-Assists: Chittenango- Jessica Antelmi 4-0, Kayla Haynes 2-0, Maggie Kendrick 1-1. Cortland- Katherine Hunsberger 5-0, Marissa Mastronardi 2-2, Carly Cunningham 2-0, Casey Marks 2-0, Jacquie Clark 1-0, Jenna Phelps 0-1, Adrianna Helms 0-1.
Shots: Cortland 27, Chittenango 23.
Draw Controls: Cortland 11, Chittenango 10.
Ground Balls: Cortland 50, Chittenango 30.
Saves: Emily Murray (Chitt) 10, Caitlin Cottone (Cort) 13.