EAST SYRACUSE — Friday night’s cold, wet weather didn’t slow the Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team.
The Purple Tigers got their 2017 season off on the right foot with a 12-5 win OHSL Freedom National Division win over host East Syracuse-Minoa.
Senior midfielder Margaret Reagan had three goals and three assists for the Purple Tigers, who got three goals and an assist from senior midfielder Logan Chase and three goals from freshman midfielder Grace Call. Junior defender/midfielder Kathleen Starr scored twice and added an assist for the winners, while eighth-grade midfielder Hannah Partigianoni scored twice. Senior Paige Potter made five saves in the CHS nets.
The Spartans were led by senior Olivia McEachron, who scored two goals and assisted on another. Senior Brigid McGinley had a goal and an assist and chipping in with one goal each were sophomore Sophia Orlando and junior Bella Talarico.
Purple Tigers senior goalie Paige Potter made five saves while Spartans netminder Cara Miller stopped six shots. The shot totals were not available.
CHS led 8-4 at halftime.
“I was proud of our first game out of the gates,” Cortland coach Kindra Catalano said. “The team transition and ball movement that we have practiced started to come together tonight. The elements did not seem to slow us down. Logan had good success with draw control. The rain left us with many ground ball opportunities and we did come up successful in that aspect. Lauren Swartz and Margaret at midfield helped on ground ball control. Kathleen showed her versatility today putting in some offensive work for us.
“Defensively, we held ES-M off for the first eight minutes. Our defense was led by (sophomore) Morgan Tabel and Kathleen with consistent support from (freshmen) Hannah Aldrich and Jenicah Brown. Encouraging my defenders to be assertive and stop the ball is something we will work on leading into next week’s games. ES-M tallied up 4 yellow cards, leaving us with 10 minutes in the game man up. We were able to practice our pressure defense and doubling the ball.”
Catalano was also pleased with the fact that her team followed through on her instructions before and during the contest.
“My message today was, control the things we can and work hard for every possession,” she said. “We need to remain focused on our team goals as we prepare for Chittenango at home on Monday (in a 7 p.m. non-league start on Moiseichik Field after the 5 p.m. junior varsity game). Paige was solid in goal and she hit the mark on clears tonight to start transition.”
THE CORTLAND JVS LOST to ES-M 15-3 as McKenna Morris scored twice and Madison VanDonsel had the other goal. Shyanne Lewis made seven saves in her debut as a goalie. Tsai Lewis and Gracie Hubbard were singled out by coach Lisa Caselle for their performances in their first games.