June 21, 2011


Trojans, Purple Tigers land trio on elite squad

Homer Central and Cortland High had three players receive first-team honors when the OHSL B Division lacrosse coaches chose the 2011 all-star teams.
Senior midfielder Connor Ferrito and junior attackman Aaron Zimmerman were named first-team all-stars from the Trojans of Homer, joined on the elite squad by CHS senior midfielder T.J. Bardsley.
The Trojans and Purple Tigers shared second place in the league standings, both losing to first place Jamesville-DeWitt while splitting games between each other.
Joining the local all-star trio were eight players from unbeaten Jamesville-DeWitt, who went on to repeat at Section 3 Class B and state champions.
The Red Rams were represented by sophomore attackman Jordan Evans, junior attackman Deke Burns, senior midfielder Tom Edwards, senior midfielder Alex Hatem, senior defenseman Davi Sacco, sophomore defenseman Scott Firman, senior longstick specialist Matt Kopp and senior goalkeeper Dan DiStefano. Fulton senior midfielder Brett Williams, New Hartford midfielder Kevin Chapman and Whitesboro senior defenseman Austin Curtis completed the first team selections.
Jamesville-DeWitt’s Jamie Archer was voted the OHSL B Division Coach of the Year with Assistant Coach of the Year going to Archer’s right-hand man, Bob Elmer.
Homer and Cortland each received three OHSL B Division second-team all-star selections. The Trojans were represented by senior attackman Hunter Osborne, junior midfielder Conner Johnston and senior defenseman Cody Sandy. The Purple Tigers honorees were senior attackman Phil Potter, senior midfielder Colby Reagan and junior defenseman Clay Fickenscher.
Rounding out the second-team all-stars were senior attackman Garrett Smith, senior defenseman Matthew Ehde and senior goalkeeper Alexander Krawec from East Syracuse-Minoa; senior midfielder Steven Aziz of Jamesville-DeWitt and longstick specialist Zeeshan Akhtar from New Hartford.
Among the honorable mentions were, from Cortland, senior attack Dave Fernandes, senior midfielder Austan DiIorio, sophomore midfielder Andrew Potter, senior defenseman Greg Congdon and Brian Strough and junior goalie Casey Bergeron, plus the Homer quartet of senior defenseman Joe Marchetti, junior defenseman Anthony Contento, sophomore longstick Alec Sovocool and sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Cottrell.
Homer coach Tom Cottrell and Cortland High coach John Spallone offer their thoughts on their first-team selections:
Cottrell on Ferrito: “This is the second time Connor as been honored as a first-team at midfield. He has grown so much as a person and lacrosse player. He was a huge part of our success. Connor was the motor to our offense. He handles the captain role well and was a leader by example.”
Ferrito led the team in goals scored this season with 47. He was second in assists (20) and points (67). The goals and points were career highs in a single for him. Ferrito finishes sixth on the all-tie scoring list with 179 points on 107 goals and 72 assists.
Cottrell on Zimmerman: “Aaron is a midfielder by trade, but we needed his presence on attack. He worked hard to learn the attack position and made a great 1-2 punch with Hunter Osborne. He kept getting better and better as he gained confidence. Knowing all the attack players in our league, it is quite an honor for Aaron and a big accomplishment.”
Zimmerman led the team in assists (40) and points (71) this spring. The junior passed the 100-point mark for his career as stands at 101 points on 48 goals and 53 assists with one season remaining.
Spallone on Bardsley: “For T.J., it was recognition from the league’s coaches that he was a complete midfielder. That recoginition put him on a elite level with the best guys in the league.”
Bardsley scored 28 goals and added 13 assists for 41 points as the fifth-leading scorer on the Purple Tigers squad this season.

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