May 28, 2008


Strong start for rested up Trojans


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Talon Sprouse (right) manages to get past Chris Dosch of Clinton during Tuesday’s Section 3 Class C lacrosse opener at Butts Field. Second seed Homer won 19-2, Sprouse with two goals and an assist.  

Homer Central boys showed few effects of a one-week layoff as the Trojans rolled to their 17th lacrosse win of the 2008 season.
Whitle the Trojans got four goals and one assist from Carl Zimmerman, there were 11 other different players who figured into the scoring as the second-seeds recorded a 19-2 Section 3  Class C first-round tournament win over 15th-seed Clinton Tuesday night at George W. Butts Field.
Coach Tom Cottrell’s squad is now 17-2, and that 17-win season is second only to the 20-3 record posted by the 1995 Homer team — the only Trojan squad to win a Section 3 title. Clinton falls to 11-8.
The Trojans will host seventh-seed Cazenovia Thursday at 5 p.m. in quarterfinal round action at Butts Field.
The Lakers (13-6) rolled past 10-seed General Brown 16-2. On May 17, Cazenovia enjoyed an 8-7 non-league win over the Trojans at Butts Field.
In other Class C first-round games, top-seed LaFayette (18-1) rolled to an 18-0 win over 16th-seed Utica Notre Dame, ninth-seed Watertown IHC downed eighth-seed Onondaga 10-7, fifth-seed Westhill doubled up 12-seed Chittenango 8-4, fourth-seed Skaneateles romped by 13-seed South Jefferson 14-1, third-seed Christian Brothers Academy topped 14-seed Lowville 15-9 and sixth-seed New Hartford defeated 11-seed Jordan-Elbridge 14-7.
“We did alright,” said Coach Cottrell of the Homer victory. “We had week between games and practice was a little different with the Memorial Day weekend, but the guys came well a played well. We got good balance with 11 players figuring in the scoring.
“That balance was what we have been looking for,” Cottrell added. “We have wanted to get more guys involved in the scoring and we did that tonight. Nine goals from the attack and 10 goals from the midfielders. We also had six guys with two or more goals. That is nice balance.”
Clinton did draw first blood when Ben Rogers scored 2:30 into the game.
Homer countered with four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. In fact, the Trojans scored 19 goals before the Warriors got a late goal from Pat Arancio.
Shawn Cleary pulled Homer even at 1-1 with his unassisted goal with 7:29 left in the first quarter. It was his first of two goals in the game. John Sciera put Homer in front to stay with 4:06 remaining in the quarter as he converted a pass from Paul Armideo. Sciera scored again with 2:26 to go in the first quarter with Talon Sprouse assisting. Sciera assisted twice on Trojan goals later in the game.
Aaron Darr closed out the first quarter scoring with 1:10 on the clock. Darr finished with two goals in the game.
Homer blew the game open with eight goals in the second quarter and five more goals in the third quarter. The Trojans closed out their big offensive night with two fourth-quarter goals.
Sprouse scored two goals for the Trojans as did Luke Pedersen. Trevor Caughey and Bennett Quinlan each netted one goal and one assist with Brett Capps and Will Connery each tallying one goal.
The Trojans were equally strong on defense with Paul Zimmerman allowing one goal on making eight saves during three quarters of play. Lance Graffius slid between the pipes for the fourth quarter. Sam Hecklau made 15 saves for Clinton.