May 13, 2013
Lancers get by Homer
Homer Central played well Saturday on George Butts Field, but the Trojans boys still have a little work to do to be ready for Section 3 Tournament play in a couple of weeks.
LaFayette scored three unanswered goals in the third quarter to break a 3-3 tie and would go on to post a 9-6 non-league lacrosse victory over Homer. The Lancers are playing some of the best lacrosse in Class C right now and improve to 11-4 overall. The Trojans drop to 9-6 overall heading into today’s Freedom Division finale at Whitesboro beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“You want to play the best teams,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We played a good game, but we did not play well enough to win. We just turned the ball over too many times and the good teams take advantage of that. We still have a little work to do.
“Both teams really played hard,” he added. “There was good intensity on both sides. “It was physical, but nothing chippy, just good, hard play.”
Part of the problem Saturday was the inability to win face-offs while sophomore Chris Birchenough out of the line-up. The sophomore was hurt in the East Syracuse-Minoa game and it will be important to get him healthy for sectionals. LaFayette won 15 of 18 face-off attempts.
LaFayette did jump to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. Matthew Bennett (3 goals) got the Lancers on the board with 5:56 left in the quarter, but Casey Cleary put Homer even with 4:01 left in the quarter. Brian Phillips (3:35 and Eric Liddy (0:12) got the other Lancer goals for the early lead.
Homer didn’t falter and scored the lone goal of the second quarter. Chris Brown took a pass from Cleary and deposited it into the goal with 2:09 left until halftime to make the score 3-2.
The third quarter was certainly busy with Homer pulling even at 3-3 thanks to a Sean Ferrito goal off a feed from Beau Riley with 8:27 left in the period.
LaFayette countered with three goals over the next 1:22 span. Bennett scored on a Nabil Akl assist with seven minutes left in the quarter to retake the lead, the Lancers got the only man-up goal of the game one minute later as David Turner scored off a Phillips assist. Bennett completed his hat trick 41 seconds later as the LaFayette lead was back to 6-3.
Chris Brown stopped the visitor’s run with 2:14 left in the third quarter with Riley assisting, but LaFayette got that one back with 1:09 to go as Liddy netted his second goal of the game.
Homer made things very interesting in the fourth quarter. Cleary collected his second goal of the game with 5:13 to play as Riley picked up his third assist. Cleary scored an unassisted goal with 3:53 left as the Trojans closed to within 7-6, but the home team could not get any closer.
The Lancers got two goals from Akl within 42 seconds of each other to secure the win. Akl’s first tally came with 2:44 to play and his second goal just 42 seconds later.
Jonathan Cottrell made seven saves in the Trojan goal. Elliott Lyons stopped 11 shots in the Lancer goal.
HOMER JVs are coming off an 8-7 loss to Tully as they travel to Whitesboro for a 4:30 contest this afternoon.
Ryan Wainwright and Jacob Durkee each scored two goals in the loss. Jared Reiner, Brett Barden and Dylan Williams-Bachman each scored one goal. Wainwright and Matt Suits each dished out one assist. Zach Clark made six saves in the Homer goal.
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