May 26, 2010


Easy advance for Purple Tigers

The way Tuesday’s Section 3 Class C first-round boys’ lacrosse game between Clinton and host Cortland High started was no indication of what was to come.
The host Purple Tigers, seeded fourth for the tournament, led just 2-0 after the first quarter before going on to out-score their 13th-seeded visitors 14-1 over the middle two stanzas en route to a 17-2 romp.
The win advanced CHS to the quarterfinals, where it will host fifth-seeded Watertown IHC at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Cavaliers (12-5) advanced Tuesday with a 14-11 win over No. 12 Syracuse CBA.
“The first quarter might have been a little sluggish because of the heat,” Cortland coach John Spallone said. “The second and third quarters were played at a much better pace, our transition game produced several nice goals and our even-up offense showed good patience and balance.
“Our attack had an excellent scoring day. Our having three midfield scorers makes coming up with a defensive game plan difficult. Our defense, meanwhile, was very steady. (Seniors) Jerrod Mahar and Pat Sherman dominated Clinton’s top two attack players, holding them scoreless, while (senior) Derek Keegan played an outstanding game for us as the number three — he was very verbal, and helped our overall team defense to be in better off-ball position throughout the game.”
Senior attackman Brandon Planck had a team-high five goals for the Purple Tigers, while junior attackman Phil Potter was the top point-getter with four goals and five assists and junior attackman Dave Fernandes had four goals. Junior midfielder Colby Reagan had two goals and an assist, junior attackman T.J. Bardsley a goal and an assist and and junior midfielder Austan DiIorio one goal. Dylan Broomfield had both goals for Clinton, an independent squad that closed out its season at 8-7.
The hosts had a huge 40-13 shot advantage as senior goalie Eric Burch made eight saves to 11 for the Warriors’ Sam Hecklau.
“Eric was solid in goal and his clearing game is very, very good,” Spallone said. “(Freshman) Andrew Potter continues to be the main faceoff guy for us (Cortland winning that category 13-8) and he is very consistent, with very predictable technique outcomes, making our midfield wing play so much better.”
Thursday’s game will be the rematch of an 8-7 Cortland win in Watertown on April 23. “Their goaltender, Andrew Hauk, made a lot of saves (18),” Spallone said. “They have two brothers, Rob and David Kunz, and a third player, Tom Burgess, who are all very very good on offense. They’re a good team, a perennial sectional team, and we expect a good game.
“We need to be prepared and do our stuff better than we did against Clinton. Having played IHC already gives us an idea about them, but we’re quite a bit different then we were then and I’m sure they are, too. Having scouted their game against CBA will be more useful to us than what we learned from the earlier game. This time of year it’s more about doing your stuff as well as you can anyway.”