May 15, 2012


OHSL boys lacrosse: Trojans pull out tough OT test

What better preparation for sectional play than closing out the regular season with your toughest games of the season. Such is the case facing Homer Central boys’ as the Trojans battle for a higher seed as well as the OHSL Liberty Division regular season crown.
Monday night, Beau Riley scored with 2:29 left in overtime to lift Homer to a 15-14 league win over Syracuse’s Christian Brothers Academy on George Butts Field in a Coaches vs. Cancer event. The Trojans improve to 10-0 in the division and 13-2 overall. CBA falls to 6-3, 11-4 overall.
Homer will now face Cazenovia (10-0, 14-0) for the league championship on Butts Field following Senior Night ceremonies Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Lakers scored a 14-6 non-league home field win over the Trojans back on April 3 in the second game of the season.
Beating Syracuse CBA did not come easy as Homer had to battle back from a 5-0 deficit early in the second quarter to finally take the lead in the fourth quarter. It would be The Brothers who rallied from there to force overtime, but the Trojan defense stood tall in the extra session before Riley put this intense battle to rest while finishing off his own two-goal, two-assist outing.
“It was a real test for us,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We did not play well, especially in the first quarter which has been a strong point for us all season. We dug that 4-0, then 5-0 hole, but the guys kept battling. We kept chipping away.
“The kids really focused,” he continued. “They really wanted this game and hung together. and found a way to win.”
CBA took the 4-0 lead on goals by Max Luthringer, Cody Radziewicz (3g-4a), Nick Papayanakos (2-0) and Shane Murphy (2-0). Andrew Romagnoli made it 5-0 in the early stages of the second quarter before Homer finally broke through on a Casey Cleary (3g-1a) man-up goal assisted by Riley with six minutes left in the half. Homer would go 3-for-7 on the extra-man advantage in the contest.
Papayanakos gave the Brothers 6-1 lead with 4:06 left before the Trojans closed out the half with a three-goal run to trail 6-4 at the intermission. Riley started the run with 3:41 to go. Alec Sovocool scored eight seconds later with Sean Ferrito picking up his first of three assists. Connor Johnston (3-1) found the net one minute later off another Ferrito assist to conclude the first half scoring.
Homer would use that momentum to tie the game in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Brandon Maxson (2-1) tallied on a Riley assist at 10:48 and Ferrito fired home the tying goal with 8:56 left in the quarter as Johnston assisted.
The Trojans clearly had the momentum, but CBA scored the next four goals to take a 10-6 lead. Joe Dalfo accounted for two of the four Brothers goal with J.R. Zazzara collecting the other two goals. The last came with 3:16 left in the quarter.
Chris Brown stopped the CBA run with 1:55 showing off Cleary’s assist. Aaron Zimmerman scored with 19 seconds left in the quarter with Ferrito assisting to make the score 10-8 entering the fourth quarter. That set up a wild final 12 minutes.
Radziewicz opened the fourth-quarter scoring in 55 seconds as CBA led 11-8,
Undaunted, Homer strung together a scoring run that turned the three-goal deficit into a three-goal advantage. Cleary started the run with 10:30 remaining in regulation time. Zimmerman scored 28 seconds later and Johnston knotted the score at 11-11 with 9:18 left on a man-up tally. Maxson gave the Trojans their first lead with 8:32 to play. Johnston scored off Maxson’s assist with 7:36 to go and Cleary capped the run 34 seconds later for the 14-11 advantage.
It was time for CBA to regroup and the Brothers did. Murphy scored a man-up goal with 4:50 showing. Radziewicz completed his hat trick 38 seconds later. Michael Vavonese tied the game at 14-14 with his man-up goal with 2:11 to play.
Jonathan Cottrell made a couple of crucial saves for the Trojans as did his counterpart Dom Facciponte. Both goalkeepers finished with 14 saves.
“It was nice to see our guys regain their composure for overtime,” Coach Cottrell said. “We had to be mentally tougher. The guys could have been disheartened after coming back to take the lead and lose it, but they refocused and took care of business.”
Goalie Cottrell was called on again entering overtime. He responded with a couple of big saves before Homer got the offensive possession. Once it control, the Trojans took the ball down the field and Riley ended the night with his winning shot.
HOMER JVs are back on the winning track. Following an 11-0 victory at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Saturday, the Trojans notched a 12-7 win over Cazenovia at Butts Field Monday to improve to 9-6 on the season.
Dean Riley led the Trojans’ attack with four goals and two assists. Bryan Cavellier added four goals along with one assists. Offensive help also came from Anthony Basile (2 goals-3 assists), Danny Turck (1-0). Bailey Wood (1-0). Brad Sovocool dished out three assists.
Jeff Willard paced Cazenovia with three goals. Tyler Wallace was solid in the Trojan goal with 10 saves. John Silfer stopped eight shots for Cazenovia.
Homer will host Westhill Friday at 6 p.m.

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