December 5, 2021

OHSL Boys’ Lacrosse: Trojans give Cottrell 200th coaching win

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

Homer boys’ varsity lacrosse head coach Tom Cottrell got his 200th win Thursday night as the Trojans beat East Syracuse-Minoa, 12-6.

Homer 12, E. Syracuse-Minoa 6

By periods Score
ES-M 2    0    2    2 6
Homer 6    1    3    3 12
Goals-Assists: ES-M — Daniel Boland 2-0, Lance Madonna 1-1, Derrek Madonna 1-0, David Neff 1-0, Luke Rosaschi 1-0, Alexsander Kelsey 0-1. Homer — Jake Riley 3-2, Vincent Basile 3-1, Tucker O’Donnell 3-0, Dante Yacavone 2-2, Lars Roos 1-1, Max Riley 0-1. Shots: Homer 34, ES-M 19. Groundballs: Homer 23, ES-M 15. Faceoffs won: Homer 10, ES-M 10. Man-up offense: Homer 0-for-2, ES-M 0-for-1. Saves: Andrew Steigerwald (ES-M) 11, Mike Turck (H) 6.

It was a special night for many reasons Thursday as Homer Central hosted East Syracuse-Minoa on George Butts Field in non-league boys’ lacrosse action.

It was Trojan Cares Stick-It-To-Cancer Night and the Trojans were looking to keep its undefeated season rolling. The fundraiser was a success as were the sixth-ranked Trojans with a 12-6 victory to improve to 9-0 on the season. ES-M fell to 7-3 with the loss. It became more special as the win gave Tom Cottrell his 200th victory in his 17th year as head coach with the Trojans.

“It’s nice,” a humble Cottrell said. “There have been a lot of great kids. I have a great staff from my youth coaches to my varsity assistants. There are those who volunteer coach in the summer along with our JV and varsity programs. I am blessed to come from a very supportive community and lucky enough to be here enough years to reach an accomplishment like this.”

As for the game, Cottrell was pleased.

“I thought we did play real well defensively,” he said. “Our midfield (Tucker O’Donnell, Lars Roos and Max Riley) dominated their midfield. I think that helped wear their middies down.

“Our attack went to work and were tough to stop when they are working well together,” Cottrell added. “As a group and individually we played good team defense.”

ES-M’s leading scorer, Derrek Madonna, gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds, but he was kept off the board the rest of the game. Homer junior defender Dominick Natale did much of the marking on Madonna.

“I really just try to play my guy physically,” Natale said. “We play from the goal line extended I just try to keep pushing the other guy out and don’t let him get his hands free.

“We have been together for so long,” he continued. “We know what each guy is going to do. We are communicating really well and work on cutting down the other team’s chances.”

After ES-M took the lead, Homer came alive offensively with three goals in three and a half minutes. Tucker O’Donnell and Vincent Basile put the Trojans in front 2-1 with 9:03 left in the first quarter as they scored seconds apart. O’Donnell gave Homer a 3-1 lead with 6:52 showing.

ES-M cut the deficit to 3-2 on a Lance Madonna goal, Homer responded with three more goals for a 6-2 advantage at the end of the quarter. Dante Yacavone, O’Donnell and Basile were the goal scorers. Basile netted the lone goal of the second quarter for a 7-2 halftime Trojan lead.

Each team scored twice in the third quarter and Homer held a 3-2 edge in the fourth quarter for the 12-6 final score. Jake Riley finished the game with three goals and two assists. Basile had three goals and one assist with O’Donnell collecting three goals. Yacavone added two goals and two assists, Lars Roos one goal and one assist with Max Riley handing out one assist.
In addition to the two Madonna goals, Daniel Boland scored a pair of ES-M goals. Lance Madonna added one assist while David Neff and Luke Rosaschi collected one goal each.

Mike Turck made six saves in the Trojan goal. Andrew Steigerwald recorded 11 saves for ES-M.

Homer will return to action Saturday when the Trojans travel to Tully for a 9 a.m. non-league contest. The Trojan JVs will host Skaneateles Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Homer JVs came away with a hard-fought 3-2 overtime win Thursday against ES-M. Homer trailed 1-0 after the first quarter and 2-1 at halftime. The Trojans tied the game at 1-1 in the third quarter before netting the winning goal in overtime.

Connor Matthews, Dylan Yacavone and Andrew VanPatten had one goal each for the 8-1 Trojans. Eric Suits had six saves in the Trojan goal.