April 17, 2013
Initial win arrives for Purple Tigers
The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team tasted victory for the first time Tuesday night, rolling past visiting Whitesboro 15-5.
“Everything finally came together tonight,” said Purple Tigers coach Kim Pace, whose team is now 1-4 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 1-5 overall.
“We stayed in the game mentally and stuck with the game plan for the entire game and it paid off,” she added. “The defense stepped up their play, allowing only 12 shots on goal and giving up only three free position shots. They did a great job of knocking down passes and intercepting the ball. When clearing the ball they made better choices with their passes, clearing the ball more successfully than we have all season.”
Junior midfielder Emily Saracene led the way for the winners with the first three goals of her varsity career while junior midfielder Liza Ferro had two goals and three assists, junior attack Taylor Thomas two goals and two assists and two players — senior attack Alexis Caughey and senior midfielder Jordynn Hogan— two goals apiece.
Junior midfielder Marissa Rabusin had a goal and two assists for CHS. Sophomore midfielder Danae Becker scored her first varsity goal and added an assist.
“Our midfield transition was much sharper. Despite the rain, which can throw of passes, we were finding our teammate in the open space and connecting on our passes,” said Coach Pace. “Our offense came alive, taking more shots and making the extra effort to place them in the corners. They played disciplined, stayed in the game plan and ran our plays more effectively. It was great to have eight players contribute to the scoring and over half of our goals come from assists.”
Krysta Beha led Whitesboro (0-2 Freedom National, 1-3 overall) with three goals.
Cortland’s starting goalie, junior Mikayla Cerio, made three saves before giving way to sophomore Chickie Artis, who stopped one shot over the final 15 minutes. Whitesboro netminder Brigitta Field made six saves, the hosts with a 27-12 shot advantage.
“Liza Ferro and (senior midfielder) Amanda DeGraff continue to hustle up and down the field, making a difference at both ends,” Pace said. “I was very pleased with the play of Emily Saracene. To go along with her three goals, her heads-up play in the midfield helped us regain control of the ball before it made it to the defensive end on three different occasions.
“This was a team win in which everyone had a chance to contribute. If we continue to play at this level, this could be the turning point in the season that we have been waiting for.”
CORTLAND JVs improved to 3-1 with a 17-9 victory over Whitesboro as freshman midfielder Shea Swartwout led the way with six goals. Sophomore midfielder Lexi Porter scored three goals, while sophomore attack Samantha Edinger had two goals and an assist and sophomore attack-midfielder Monica VanDonsel two goals. Freshman goalie Taylor Ludwig made six saves, as did the visitors’ Jessica Tuttle. Julia Crannell led the Warriors with three goals.
“It was great to see balanced scoring, with eight different players,” Purple Tigers JV coach Jamie Brown said. “Emily Edwards and Lexi Porter had breakout games today. Jackie Phillips (freshman) stood out as a defensive midfielder.’
Both Cortland teams visit East Syracuse-Minoa Thursday, the JVs in a 4:30 p.m. start while the varsity game gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
CHS FUND-RAISER: CHS teams will conduct a bottle and can drive/car wash Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at O’Shea Tire on Tompkins Street.
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