June 16, 2012
Four Trojans earn first-team nods
Despite finishing second in the OHSL Liberty Division this spring, Homer Central boys completed their best lacrosse season ever by advancing to the New York State Class C semifinals before ending up 18-4 on the campaign.
The Section 3 champion Trojans were 10-1 in division play and shared the most first-team all-star selections with fourth-place Marcellus (7-4, 11-8) at four each.
The coaches honored Homer junior attackman Beau Riley, senior midfielder Conner Johnston, senior midfielder Aaron Zimmerman and junior goalkeeper Jonathan Cottrell with first team honors. Zimmerman was a first-team Freedom Division all-star in 2011, when Johnston was a second team pick and Cottrell was an honorable mention.
The four Mustang first-team honorees were junior attackman Tom McNaney, senior midfielder Dalton Wenzel, senior defender Joe Masterpol and junior long-stick Nick Nye.
Liberty Division champion Cazenovia had three first team picks in junior attack Connor Cannizzaro, senior midfielder Matt Donovan and senior defender Doyle Judge. They were joined by junior attackman Cody Radziewicz and senior midfielder Joe Dalfo from Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy; Westhill senior attack Owen Nicola and senior midfielder Austin Webb, plus senior defender Trevor Diamond from Skaneateles.
Jim Longo of Cazenovia was the Liberty Division Coach of the Year while Cazenovia’s Eric Neiman was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
Homer senior defender Anthony Contento and junior long-stick Alec Sovocool headed the list of Liberty Division second-team all-stars. Contento was a Freedom Division honorable mention in 2011.
Joining the Trojan duo are junior attackmen Brad Nardella and Ryan Cook, sophomore midfielder Henry Mann and senior defender Clay Goris from Cazenovia; Marcellus sophomore midfielder Kevin Hutchings and senior goalkeeper Chris Martin; Westhill junior midfielder Luke Longo and junior defender Peter Valenti; Syracuse CBA senior defender Chris Underwood and Skaneateles senior midfielder Zach Ross.
Homer coach Tom Cottrell comments on his first team all-stars:
Cottrell on Riley: “This was Beau’s second year on varsity and it was a huge improvement. He worked very hard over the summer to make himself a better player and he reaped those rewards this season. He was tough to stop and it’s nice to see him honored. It is a testament to his hard work.”
Riley led the Trojans goals (46), assists (32) and points (78). Those 78 points are the sixth-best single season mark in school history. Riley has 108 career points (70 goals-38 assists) and stands 27th on the all-time scoring list.
Cottrell on Johnston: “I’m glad C.J. got recognized. I always thought he was one of the best midfielders in the league. He was dominant at the ‘X’ and at both ends of the field at times. C.J. is really a well-rounded two-way midfielder. “
Johnston finished fourth in team scoring this season with 42 goals (second best on the team) and 10 assists for 52 points.He finished 23rd on the all-time scoring list with 115 points on 88 goals and 27 assists. Johnston is heading to SUNY Cortland in the fall.
Cottrell on Zimmerman: “Aaron is really a multi-purpose player. He can do everything from clearing the ball, playing as a defensive middie to scoring goals on the offensive side. He was able to control the middle of the field with solid rides, scooping up ground balls. Aaron does all the grunt work. He was also main of our main offensive weapon and helped give us those diverse scoring options.”
Zimmerman was fifth on the team’s scoring list and fifth player to record 50 or more points this season with 51 points on 33 goals and 18 assists. Zimmerman is number 10 on the all-time scoring list with 152 points on 81 goals and 71 assists. He will be heading to the United States Naval Academy and join brother Paul who just completed his sophomore year as a Midshipman goalkeeper.
Cottrell on Cottrell: “We saw the maturation of Jon from a good player to a very good player. He helped us post a 15-4 record last year and 18-4 record this season with a trip to the state semifinal, but he didn’t make some of the saves last year that he was able to make this season. He really showed a lot of improvement through hard work and I can’t wait to see what he does as a senior.”
Cottrell made 219 saves this season and posted a goals-against average of 6.81 playing most of the team’s minutes.
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