May 21, 2008


Trojans end up sharing top spot


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Carl Zimmerman (left) works the ball around the goal against East Syracuse-Minoa’s Matt Lyons at Butts Field Tuesday night. Zimmerman set the school single-season scoring record during the Trojans’ 15-6 victory.

Homer Central boys wrapped up a very successful regular season with a 15-6 lacrosse win over East Syracuse-Minoa on a chilly Tuesday Senior Night at George W. Butts Field.
The Trojans finish as co-OHSL Class B regular season champions with Jamesville-DeWitt with their 13-1 league record. The two teams split homefield wins during the season.
Homer is 16-2 overall, bouncing back after a non-league loss to Cazenovia this past weekend. ES-M dips to 8-6 in the league and 10-7 overall.
“ES-M was fired up at the start of the game and we were probably a little distracted with the pre-game ceremony honoring the seniors and their parents,” said Homer coach Tom Cottrell after his team fell behind 4-0 in the first quarter. “We had some scoring chances and hit the pipe a few times. Lance Graffius made some big saves and kept us close in goal during the first quarter.
“We really felt no pressure,” Cottrell added. “The guys did not panic and we came back strong in the second quarter to tie the game. We really regroup and played a solid game. It was a nice Senior Night overall.”
It was also a record-setting night for Carl Zimmerman, who scored four goals and added two assists to his six-point night. The Trojan junior broke the single-season goal scoring mark with his 64 goals this season, breaking the previous mark of 62 set by Matt Cutia during the 1995 season.
John Albanese (2 goals-1 assist), James Chayka, Alex Donlick and Erik Waltz netted the first-quarter goals that put the Spartans in front.
Homer came back to even things during the second quarter. Paul Armideo began the quarter by hitting the back of the net off a feed from Zimmerman on the first on first of six man-up Trojan goals with 8:48 left in the half. Armideo (5g-1a) scored again with three minutes later with an assist from John Sciera.
Sciera got the third Homer goal with 4:21 left in the first half as he converted a pass from Aaron Darr.
Albanese notched his second goal of the game to give ES-M a 5-3 advantage with 3:10 left in the half, but Homer came right back as Zimmerman scored an unassisted goal 25 seconds later.
Talon Sprouse tied the game at 5-5 with 1:36 left in the first half. It would be the first of three goals for the Homer senior.
Homer took charge in the third quarter as seven unanswered goals allowed the Trojans to jump to a 12-5 lead. Zimmerman began to barrage with 8:48 remaining in the quarter and Sprosue added a man-up goal 17 seconds later. With 7:14 showing, Darr scored off an assist from Brett Capps.
Three minutes later, Shawn Cleary scored unassisted to put the Trojans in front 9-5 before man-up tallies by Armideo (3:11) and Zimmerman (2:36). This goal by Zimmerman broke Cutia’s record. Sprouse got his hat-trick with 51 seconds left in the quarter.
Zimmerman netted his fourth goal to open fourth quarter play with 10:39 remaining in the game.
Parker Gazda stopped the 10-goal Trojan run with 7:40 left to play for the sixth, and final, ES-M goal.
Armideo closed out the scoring with a pair of goals 20 seconds apart to give the Trojans the final 15-6 count. Sciera assisted on the second Armideo goal in the mini-burst, which was a man-up opportunity with 6:20 left.
Paul Zimmerman made seven saves in the Trojan cage during a 33 minute span that included the second, third and start of the fourth quarter. Graffius had four saves during his 15-minute stint in goal for the Trojans.
Eric Cushing made two saves for East Syracuse-Minoa while Matt Letcher recorded one save.
Homer will now await word of where the Trojans will be seeded for the upcoming Section 3, Class C Tournament. The seedings will be determined Friday.
HOMER JVs posted a 6-5 win over East Syracuse-Minoa Tuesday to improve to 6-11 on the season.
“The team played well and avenged another loss from earlier in the season,” said coach Geoff Sorenson. “The boys continue to work hard to get better and the hard work is shown on the field with a lot better production. Our younger players have really stepped up and are contributing to our team in games.”
Zach Hatfield led the Trojan JVs with two goals. Hunter Osborne, Brett Stokoe, Jayden Kiernan and Logan Hall each added one goal. Shane Davis made eight saves in the Trojan goal.
Homer JVs will play their final game of the season today at Onondaga Central.