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September 24, 2009

 

Dan Holland hooks record at Dryden High

DRYDEN – It took most of the first half, but Dan Holland finally secured the career goal scoring record for Dryden High he had been chasing.
The senior deflected a crossing pass from Andrew Horton into the net to record his 45th career goal, breaking the record set by 2007 Purple Lion graduate Kyle Clapper. It was the first of four goals for Holland as he helped Dryden roll to an 8-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Large School Division victory over visiting Whitney Point.
“It feels great,” said Holland on setting the record. “I was looking forward to it all season. I wanted to do it early in the season.
“I need to thank my teammates for helping me reach this goal,” he added. “I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank my family, coaches and school for supporting me in this effort.”
As for his feelings when the ball finally went in the goal?
“I wanted to get it in the first half,” said Holland, who set the single-season record of 29 goals in 2008. “It was getting late and I was getting a little frustrated. The ball was a nice cross from Andrew (Horton). It went through the legs of one guy and I was able to deflect it in. I was glad the assist was from Andy.”
In other North Division matches, Marathon blanked Moravia 4-0 in a game called by rain early in the second half, Southern Cayuga stopped Groton 5-1 and Lansing downed Trumansburg 5-1.
Dryden 8, Whitney Point 0: “Dan is just starting to find the net,” said Dryden coach Laszlo Engel of Holland. “In fact the whole team is finally finding the net.
“He has worked very hard,” Engel added. “Dan is a big presence in the middle. He reached balls that other guys can’t. He is equally good with either foot, which is hard to find at this level. I am proud of Dan and all that he has accomplished so far. We still have a lot of games to play so he should continue to build on the total now that the pressure is off to break the record.”
Horton finished with three goals and the one assist. Justin Niziol added one goal and one assist to the Purple Lion attack. Christian Jenne, Stefan Christie, Sam Rugg, Matt Phillips and Mark LaLonde each added one assist in the balanced attack.
Dryden outshot Whitney Point 21-5 and had a 5-0 advantage in cornerkicks.
Dryden will host Groton this afternoon in a make-up game from Monday. The Purple Lions conclude the week at Trumansburg Friday.
Marathon 4, Moravia 0: Olympian sophomore Austin Fox netted two goals while Doug Whitney and Tyler Nelson each found the net once. Dave O’Shea, Erik McGowan and Alex McDonald notched assists.
“We moved the ball well,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “We had good spacing, good combinations and we changed the field well.”
Marathon also played solid defense, holding Moravia shotless.
Southern Cayuga 5, Groton 1: “Kyle Smith did a nice job in his first start as goalkeeper,” said Groton coach John D’Antonio. Smith finished the game with nine saves.
Austin Tompkins scored the only Groton goal with Dana Smith assisting. Ryan Killian led the Southern Cayuga offense with three goals.