The second half of the Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team’s non-league game at LaFayette Thursday afternoon was vastly different from the first … unfortunately for the Purple Tigers.
The two teams went into halftime tied 6-6, but in the second half it was all Lancers as they outscored their purple-clad visitors 10-2 in that 25-minute span to win going away, 16-8.
Also on Thursday, the Homer Central girls fell to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt 17-6 in an OHSL Freedom National Division game.
LaFayette 16, Cortland 8: “Draw control and ground balls were two goals we had coming into today’s game,” CHS coach Kindra Catalano said. “We found more shot opportunities but shot wide a few too many times. Our assists on goals was better today. I like the spread of goal-scoring we are producing with each game we play.
“Jenicah Brown had her best game all season. She is always focused on the fundamentals and is a quiet warrior for us. Marg Reagan found herself scoring and assisting today. Logan Chase played well up the middle on both sides of the ball. Paige Potter comes up with some big saves when we need it most. She helped our defense change fields and find success of our clears.”
Reagan led Cortland with three goals and two assists while Chase scored twice and had two assists. Brown, Hannah Partigianoni and Abby Ricottilli scored once each and Grace Call had two assists.
LaFayette (4-2) was led by Mya DeJoseph, who scored five goals and also had an assist. Charlotte Ryan had two goals and five assists, Carla Williams two goals and two assists, Kaitlin Rurka two goals and an assist and Riley LaCava two goals.
In addition, Marissa Evans had one goal and an assist and Raegyn Garbutt and Celia Bertlesman one goal each.
Paige Potter made eight saves while the hosts’ Claire Frier stopped nine shots for the winners, who had a 24-19 shot advantage.
“We dug ourselves into a bit of a hole at the start,” Catalano said. “We tied up the score at half. We allowed a few quick goals in the second half and missed our own scoring opportunities. I was much happier with the defensive slides and we had less shooting space calls today. It’s very rewarding to see the team make adjustments and remain coachable in practice and on game day.”
Cortland hosts Auburn Monday at 7 p.m. on Moiseichik Field following the 5 p.m. JV game.
Jamesville-DeWitt 17, Homer 6: Mattie Riter scored a pair of first-half goals and the Trojan girls were feeling pretty good Thursday on George Butts Field.
Then the undefeated Red Rams ran off eight unanswered goals to take an 11-2 halftime lead before rolling to the easy league victory. J-D is 3-0 in division play at 5-0 overall. Homer is now 1-3 in division, 1-5 overall.
Lizzy O’Brien (one assist) scored three of her five goals in the first half to power the J-D offense.
Ana Dieroff (one assist) and Lindsay MacLachlan netted three goals each for the Red Rams. Emma Prosak made nine saves in the J-D goal.
Riter finished the game with two goals for Homer. Nina Armideo netted the other Trojan goal and Molly Burhans dished out one assist. Katie Lawrence made three saves in the Trojan goal.
Homer will return to action Saturday at Marcellus for a 1 p.m. non-league game.