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May 14, 2011

 

Drach, CHS enjoy visit to Homer

LacrosseJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Tricia Rosetti (13) drives to the crease against Homer Central’s Rachel Murray in the first half Friday at Butts Field. Visiting CHS won, 13-6.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

It was a night of redemption for Cortland High’s Kaitlyn Drach.
One year ago, sahe suffered a severe knee injury during a scrimmage at George Butts Field in Homer and missed her entire junior lacrosse season.
On Friday night Drach returned to the same field and the mdifielder scored four goals to lead the Purple Tigers to a 13-6 OHSL Freedom Division victory over host and rival Homer Central. Cortland improved to 9-2 in the division and 11-4 overall. Homer slips to 3-8 in league play, 4-10 overall.
With 21 goals on the seson and six assists, Drach talked about the return to Homer and a big win for the Purple Tigers.
“I blew my knee out with about a minute left in the scrimmage,” Drach recalled of that day one year ago. “I did a little something to my foot tonight, but it’s okay. It felt good to be out there and do well tonight.”
“It feels good to get the win,” she added. “We came into the game pumped up because we knew they were pumped up. We simply ran with the ball every chance we got. We had good ball movement and everyone got involved in the scoring.”
Cortland applied pressure from the opening whistle and took advantage of two free position restarts to grab the lead in the first four minutes.
Carly Cunningham (2 goals-1 assist), Jacquie Clark (1-1) and Kaylee Gebhardt (2-2) each scored as the Purple Tigers led 3-0 just 4:54 into the match, Cunningham’s goal was off a Gebhardt assist 53 seconds in. Clark and Gebhardt tallied off free positions.
“I tried to let all the seniors play tonight because it was their last game against Homer,” Cortland coach Kim Pace said. “That changed our rotation a little bit, but they all stepped up and made some things happen.
“Homer is a strong team,” she continued. “Their record doesn’t show how strong they really are. They have come a long way this season. Hailey Sweeney has shown huge improvement in goal for them.”
Emma Porter stopped the early Cortland run with her first of two goals with 19:58 left in the first half.
Both teams played good defense over the next 11 minutes with Cortland goalkeeper Julie Convertini and Homer’s Sweeney making some nice saves. Convertini recorded 10 saves on the night and Sweeney stopped 11 shots, but the biggest save of the night may have come from Trojan defender Marina Pizzola — who stopped an open net shot with her stick with 10:38 left in the half to keep the score at 3-1.
“Julie has a fantastic game tonight,” Pace said of CHS goalie Convertini. “She really did step up big.”
Drach went to work less than three minutes after that save. Her free position goal with 8:02 remaining in the half triggered a four-goal spurt. Gebhardt scored with 4:37 showing as the Purple Tigers led 5-1 ending towards the break.
It looked like the score would stay that way until Cortland struck twice in the final 17 seconds. Drach scored off an assist from Clark, the Purple Tigers won the draw and Taylor Reynolds found the goal with six seconds left for a 7-1 halftime lead.
Twice Homer used two-goal mini-runs to try and stay close as the Trojans ball movement was better in the second half. Hannah Darr and Hannah Davis scored within two minutes of each other to make the score 8-3 with 16:39 left to go.
Drach completed her hat trick with 15:55 left and Tricia Rosetti collected her second of three second-half tallies to help the Purple Tigers build a 10-3 cushion with 14:51 to go.
Play moved inside the eight-minute mark when Porter and Darr scored with 51 seconds of each other as the Trojans trailed 10-5, but Homer would get no closer.
Drach netted her fourth goal with 6:24 remaining for an 11-5 cushion.
Davis netted second goal off a Porter assist with 5:23 left. It was a record-setting assist for the sophomore who broke Abbey Phelps’ single-season assists record of 26 set one year ago with her 27th this season.
“It’s nice to accomplish that,” a surprised Porter said after the game.
“It’s been a tough season,” she added. “We don’t have a lot of wins, but we are playing hard. We are playing with a lot of heart and that is going to help us get better.”
Cortland will host Chittenango Monday at 7 p.m. at SUNY Cortland. Homer will travel to Mexico Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest.
CORTLAND JVs trailed 8-6 early in the second half, but ran off eight unanswered goals and pulled away to a convincing 14-8 win over Homer on Butts Field Friday.
“We played well,” Homer coach Geoff Sorenson said. “The difference was Cortland’s offensive weapons ended up being too much for us to defend.”
Taylor Thomas led the Cortland attack with four goals and two assists. Rachel Prentice, Marissa Rabusin, Amanda DeGraff and Kayla Holl added two goals each.
Emma Gutchess led the Homer offense with three goals. Naydine Downing netted two goals for the Trojans In goal, Heather Small made 10 saves for Homer while Mikayla Cerio recorded six saves for Cortland.
Cortland JVs will host Chittenango Monday at 5 p.m. at SUNY-Cortland. Homer JVs will travel to Mexico Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

 

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