May 28, 2009


Opens up sectional play beating CBA, 10-7 —

Everything clicks for CHS

SYRACUSE — The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team executed its game plan and then some Wednesday evening in its Section 3 Class C first-round game with Syracuse CBA.
“All-around smart team play and a never-give-up attitude by all 19 players were the keys to the win,” Purple Tigers coach Kim Pace said, her ninth-seeded squad having knocked out the No. 8 Brothers with a 10-7 victory. “We knew coming into the game that if things were clicking at both ends of the field we could stay with CBA. They have a very fast midfield and a few strong shooters. Our goal for the game was to slow down Katie Webster and Taylor Gait, their two leading scorers.
“Taylor is very fast in the midfield and knows how to use her speed to her advantage,” she added of CBA start Gait. “Jenna Phelps and Elle DePerno did a great job of staying with her, slowing her down and taking away her opportunities to just drive to the goal. Katie is one of the leading scorers in their league, averaging six goals a game. She is very smart with the ball and does a great job of weaving through defenders. Emily VanGorder and Taylor Reynolds shared the duty of marking her and taking her out of the game, holding her to just three goals, two coming off free position shots.”
Gait also scored three goals, the top two scorers from CBA (11-7) equaled by the six-goal performance of Cortland’s Katherine Hunsberger. Molly Bramschreiber scored twice, while Jacquie Clark and Marissa Mastronardi had one goal each for CHS.
The winners (12-6) had a 9-5 lead at halftime, Hunsberger with all six of her tallies, including the first three of the game, in the first 8:41. CBA scored twice in the second half and was within 9-7 before Bramschreiber closed out the scoring, assisted by Phelps, with 2:41 left.
Caitlin Cottone made 12 saves in the Purple Tiger nets, her team with a narrow 23-22 edge in shots, Emma Taylor turned aside seven of those shots for the Brothers.
“Our team played a game of possession today,” Pace said. “We capitalized on CBA’s mistakes and made good use of the clock on every possession. We were very patient and looked for the best scoring opportunities. Katherine was able to weave herself between many swarming defenders and her teammates recognized what was working and did a nice job of moving the ball and creating space to set her up to get the ball in the net. Molly and Casey Marks also played key roles at the end of the game, working the ball around our offensive end as we ran the final minutes off the clock.
“Everyone stepped up, played hard and left everything on the field. Whether they played for 10 minutes or 40, everyone contributed something to the win. many of our goals came after a caused turnover by our defense, or a a great save and a good clear. This team has worked so hard this year to get to the level we played at in this game.”
Cortland was slated to travel to top-seeded Carthage (16-2) today for a 6 p.m. quarterfinal contest. Carthage was a 16-2 winner over Mexico in the opening round yesterday, Kate Ferris with four goals and three assists.
CORTLAND BOYS will be in a first round Section 3 Class B contest on Saturday, the Purple Tigers taking on league rival Jamesville-DeWitt in a noontime start on the Red Rams’ field.