June 5, 2012
Trojans out to pull rank again
With each win, the stakes get higher and the competition tougher. Just ask the top three Class C boys’ lacrosse teams in New York State who are no longer in the post-season.
When eighth-ranked Homer Central faces off against sixth-ranked Penn Yan on Wednesday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the state tournament semifinals, they represent the teams that knocked off the top two ranked teams in the state last week.
The Trojans (18-3) defeated No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Cazenovia 10-6 in the Section 3 championship game the previous Wednesday before taking out Section 10 champion and fifth-ranked Salmon River 12-8 Saturday. Both games were played on the Michael Bragman Stadium artificial turf at C-NS.
The Mustangs (19-2) claimed the Section 5 title with a 14-6 win over Livonia and then toppled second-ranked Silver Creek from Section 6 this past Saturday in a tight 14-13 contest.
The other semifinal on Wednesday features fourth-ranked Shoreham-Wading River (18-3) from Section 11 against seventh-ranked Bronxville (19-1) from Section 1 meeting at Hofstra University on Long Island. Shoreham-Wading River took out third-ranked Cold Spring Harbor from Section 7 by a 9-7 score.
The new state poll will be released Thursday, before the two semifinal winners travel to Middletown Central School for Saturday’s 11 a.m. Class C championship clash.
Penn Yan is led by a quartet of high-powered scorers. Sophomore attackman Brad Voigt leads the Mustangs in goals scored (60), assists (43) and points (103). Senior midfielder Dylan Yonts is next with 43 goals, 29 assists and 82 points. Junior attackman Ryan Maciejewski (34 goals-36 assists) and sophomore attackman Rion Davison (39g-27a) are third and fourth with 70 and 66 points respectively.
As a team, the Mustangs have totaled 254 goals and 176 assists in 21 games. That’s an average of 12.1 goals and 8.4 assists per game. Defensively, Penn Yan allowed 91 goals this season, led by sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Maciejewski who has played 962 minutes of the 1,008 minutes logged by the Mustangs. Maciejewski has allowed 90 goals, with a 4.49 goals against average.
Penn Yan’s defensive unit is led by junior James Burdette, a three year starter. The Mustangs also have seniors Dan Guererri, Mike Thiesmeyer and Kevin Kerrick in the defensive rotation.
Homer continues to have six players capable of breaking loose at any time. Junior attackman Beau Riley is coming off a six-goal, three-assist game against Salmon River and still leads the team in goals (45), assists (31) and points (76).
The balance continues with junior attackman Brandon Maxson (39g-23a), junior attackman Sean Ferrito (38g-16a), senior midfielder Conner Johnston (41g-10a), senior midfielder Aaron Zimmerman (32g-17a) and junior midfielder Casey Cleary (23g-18a).
“This last game flowed along like the offense has all season long and I hope it continues,” Homer head coach Tom Cottrell said. “It was Beau this game (Salmon River). Tomorrow, it could be Sean or it could be Brandon. Conner was winning the face-offs and Aaron was scoring. Wednesday could be Aaron winning face-offs and C.J. doing the scoring.
“That’s one of the things that makes us the team we are,” he continued. “That is our balanced scoring. A different guy can step up any given night and lead us to victory.”
As a team, the Trojans have scored 265 goals with 133 assists in 21 games, with per game averages of 12.6 goals and 6.3 assists. Homer’s defense has allowed 137 goals with 135 allowed by junior netminder Jonathan Cottrell, that’s a 6.65 goals against average.
Joining in the defensive unit that fronts Cottrell are seniors Drew Christopher, Anthony Contento and Brandon Wood.
“Our defense has played solidly over the past several weeks,” Coach Cottrell said. “All the guys have worked very hard and gotten better.”
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