June 17, 2011
Purple duo, Trojan first team stickers
Three local players — two from Cortland High and one from Homer Central — earned first-team honors in voting by the OHSL Freedom Division’s girls’ lacrosse coaches for the recently-concluded season.
Purple Tiger senior midfielder Taylor Reynolds and senior attack Carly Cunningham were named to the first team for second place CHS, along with Homer sophomore attack Emma Porter.
Other first-teamers include Chittenango senior defenders Rachel Antelmi and Emily Baker as well as senior midfielder-attack Jenna Barber; East Syracuse-Minoa seniors Marlee Vlassis (attack), Katie Cook (goalie) and Alayna Davis (midfielder), Fulton senior goalie Kara Pafumi and junior defender Erika Johnson and, from Jamesville-DeWitt, junior attack Taylor Bierwagen, senior attack Lauren Swan and sophomore attack Taylor Fallon.
Dave Baran from American champion Chittenango was that division’s Coach of the Year, while similar National honors went to Phil Luckette, the coach of champion Jamesville-DeWitt. The Assistant Coaches of the Year are Cortland’s Fred Cutia in the American and Fulton’s Andrew Karpinko in the National.
Second-teamers include Cortland High seniors Tricia Rosetti (attack) and Jacquie Clark (midfielder), and Homer junior midfielder Katelyn Gray. Also on the second team are Chittenango sophomore midfielder-attack Kaitlin Antelmi; Whitesboro senior midfielder Emily Jweid; New Hartford juniors Theano Alvanos (midfielder) and Ashley Chanatry (attack); ES-M senior attack Alyssa Anderalli; Mexico midfielders Heather Taylor (senior), Jamie Wallace (sophomore) and Jessica Lawler (sophomore); J-D junior attack Lauren Beville and, from Fulton, senior midfielder Kirsten Francis and sophomore attack Erica Knaub.
The local honorable mentions were Cortland seniors Kaitlyn Drach (midfielder), Kaylee Gebhardt (midfielder), Izzy Wittmaack (defender) and Julia Convertini (goalie) as well as Homer senior attack Hannah Davis, junior midfielders Hannah Darr and Hailey Sweeney, sophomore defender Hannah Kristoff and junior defender Mercedes Slade.
Cortland coach Kim Pace had the following comments about her first-teamers —
On Taylor Reynolds: “There were many games when I thought I might have to pick Taylor up off the field at the end of the game because she had spent every last ounce of energy, chasing down an attacker or diving after a lose ball. She helped lead her team by example. Her role changed depending on the game and she always did whatever the coaches asked her to do, whether it was to shut down the opposition’s leading scorer, which she did spectacularly on many occasions, play the top zone spot when the opponent was setting up an iso play, use her speed to move the ball through the midfield, use her speed and aggressiveness to pressure the ball and cause the turnover, or take the chance on the interception. Her role was constantly changing and she often wore many hats in a single game. That is what made her such a huge threat to other teams and such an impact player on our team.”
On Carly Cunningham: “In every contest, Carly gave 100 percent from the initial draw to the final whistle. Her drive, desire and level of play helped set the tone for her teammates and helped them raise their level of play. No matter where she was on the field or what she was doing, she made things happen around her. As one of our leading scorers our opponents usually attempted to shut her down with a face guard or double-team her, but she still found ways to break through the double or help her team without scoring.”
Homer coach Ed Porter on Emma Porter: “Emma is very young, but I am proud of how well she played. She often drew the toughest defender and was double-teamed at times. I was pleased with her assists as much as her scoring goals. Emma would draw defenders to her and then find the open player, quite often Katelyn (Gray), who would finish the play.”
Porter led the team in assists (31) and points (76) while being second in goals scored (45). Her assists total is a new single-season record and she is the career assists leader with 37. Porter also set a single-game points record with 11 points against Jamesville-DeWitt April 18.
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