May 18, 2011


Homer handles adversity and Warriors

WHITESBORO — While Murphy’s Law seemed to apply at the start of this trip to Whitesboro, it was business as usual for Homer Central boys once they took the field in their OHSL Class B regular season lacrosse finale Tuesday.
After having their game time switched the day before to 7 p.m. and then having the junior varsity bus break down on the way to the game, it was a longer than expected evening for the Trojans.
Still, with Aaron Zimmerman scoring three goals to go along with four assists, the Trojans managed to come up with a convincing 15-6 victory over the host Warriors. Zimmerman was one of four Trojans to net three goals — along with Hunter Osborne, Beau Riley and Casey Cleary — while closing out the league portion of their season at 11-3 with a 13-3 overall record.
Homer will learn its post-season fate today at the Section 3 Class C seeding meeting. First-round action starts Friday.
“I was really pleased with our effort. We didn’t just show up for the game,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “We played good defense. We moved the ball well offensively and built a nice first half lead. The defense kept up the intensity in the second half. We finished the regular season off really well.”
Homer scored seven times in the first quarter to get the early upper hand on Whitesboro (4-12), starting with Connor Ferrito’s lone goal of the game. The lead was 7-1 at the end of the opening 12 minutes, the Trojans in 13-3 control by halftime.
Conner Johnston also scored twice in the game for the Trojans, who finished with a 30-23 shot edge. Goalie Jonathon Cottrell recorded three saves in the victory.
Zimmerman now has 29 goals this season and leads the team in both assists (36) and points (65). Ferrito (42 goals-17 assists for 59 points ) climbed to sixth on the all-time scoring list with 171 points.
“We had to move Aaron to attack this season and he’s done a great job this year,” Cottrell said of Zimmerman. “To have two guys with more than 50 points is great. Hunter and C.J. (Johnston) are both close to 50 points as well. It’s been a very balanced season with so many guys getting involved in scoring this year.”
Dan Barry scored three goals for Whitesboro. Austin Curtis netted two goals for the Warriors.
After Friday’s first-round games, the quarterfinals will take place May 24 at higher remaining seeds.
HOMER JVs were 7-5 winners over host Whitesboro, the Trojans improving to 11-3 heading into a 4:15 p.m.Thursday trip to Cortland High.
Chris Brown had two goals and an assist to lead the Homer offense, Jimmy Durkee also scoring twice while Brandon Maxson had three assists to go along with a goal. Josh Maxson and Bryan Cavellier also scored for the winners, while goalie Jack Connery came up with nine saves.


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