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May 21, 2010

 

Spartans pounce early in OT to upend Homer

 

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Photos by Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Cody Sandy (13) attempts to evade the heavy-handed defense of ES-M’s Quadear Mike (18) at the start of the second period Thursday night at Butts Field. Visiting ES-M won 11-10 in overtime.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

A red-hot visiting goalkeeper and a fast-break goal off the opening face-off of the overtime period ruined Senior Night for Homer Central boys.
Syracuse University-bound senior Chris Rosso made 15 saves in goal and Quadear Mike scored 12 seconds into the ‘sudden victory’ overtime session to lift east Syracuse-Minoa to an 11-10 OHSL Class B lacrosse triumph over the Trojans Thursday at Butts Field.
The Trojans will now head to sectional play next week with a 10-6 overall record, finishing up 7-5 in division play. The visiting Spartans helped their sectional seeding by improving to 9-9 overall, 6-6 in division play.
“Chris played one of his better games of the season,” ES-M coach Jon McCoy said of his keeper who is not going to play lacrosse for the Orangemen. “He picked a good night to do it. (Carl) Zimmerman is a great player and half of those shots would go in in any other game. This was just Chris’ night.
“Mike Cummings used his quickness to get by the defenders tonight,” he added. “Quadear Mike was strong at midfield. He scored a couple of goals and did well in face-offs. Garrett (Smith) had a solid games as well. We do lean on those three guys a lot.”
Cummings and Smith each had four goals. Smith added two assists and Cummings one while Mike netted two goals on the night and had two assists. Mike helped the Spartans stay close in the face-off won category as Homer did win 15-of-25 match-ups on the “X”.
“First of all I want to say we are all proud of our senior class,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “They did everything they could to try and help us pull out a win tonight. They have a great supporting cast of juniors and sophomores. We just came up a goal short. The seven penalties are what hurt us the most. We won everything, statistically, but we played nearly six and one-half minutes a man-down and ES-M capitalized four times.
“Their goalie was fantastic tonight,” he continued. “Their big-time players stepped up. It was quite a battle, back and forth. They were a handful for us. Our goals were hard to get all night and theirs seemed to come too easy.”
AS IS A TROJAN tradition, the seniors started their last regular season home game and did a very solid job. Some of those guys are not starters, but they held quicker ES-M squad to just two goals while playing much of the quarter on defense.
The second quarter saw the regular starting line-up on the field and the Trojans ripped off three straight goals to take the lead for the time time.
Senior attackman John Sciera started the run by converting a pass for Connor Ferrito 56 seconds into the quarter. Sciera and Ferrito each finished the game with two goals and one assist. Five minutes later, Hunter Osborne ripped a shot by Rosso to knot the score at 2-2. It took just 30 more seconds for Homer to take a 3-2 lead as senior Aaron Darr (two goals) fired a shot into the back of the cage.
Smith finished a natural hat-trick by scoring his third goal of the half with three minutes remaining to tie the game at 3-3, but the deadlock was short-lived. Ferrito won the next face-off and took a pass from Osborne to put Homer on top 4-3 16 seconds after Smith’s tally.
After the 4-4 halftime score, ES-M scored first four straight times and Homer countered each time. Sciera’s second tally knotting the score at 8-8 with 9:08 left in regulation time. It took just 32 seconds for the Trojans to take just its third lead of the game as Zimmerman finally beat Rosso, who stonewalled the Trojan senior four times until the goal was scored. Rosso made nine close-range saves and six nice stops on shots from 18 yards or more.
Homer could not get a two-goal cushion as Smith tied the game at 9-9 with 6:06 to go. Cummings netted his fourth goal two minutes later as the Spartans led 10-9.
ES-M GOT THE BALL back with 2:35 left in regulation time and ran the clock down to 1:05 before calling time-out. The Trojans went a man-down with 53.9 seconds to go, but forced a turnover with 43.9 seconds remaining. As time would down, Zimmerman shook free and ripped the game-tying shot for 25 yards out with 13.6 seconds left to force overtime.
Unfortunately, Mike won the face-off and scored the Spartans fourth man-up goal in seven tries just 12 seconds into the four-minute session.
Homer will learn its fate this evening for the Class C tournament, when the Section 3 committee will determine seedings and the brackets. For the Trojans, it’s a time to regroup are prepare for the post-season.
“If anything, it will get harder going down to the C’s for sectionals,” Cottrell said, where Skaneateles and LaFayette will be among the teams to beat. “It’s been a rollercoaster all season. I wouldn’t expect anything different at the end. We’ll find out what our fate is for the tournament and begin the second season at 0-0 like everyone else. We still have some goals they we can accomplish. We’ll just learn from a game like tonight and see what we do the next time out.”
HOMER JVs posted a 9-3 victory over East Syracuse-Minoa Thursday at Butts Field.