HOMER — Homer Trojans head coach Tom Cottrell knows that anything can change in two weeks.
That’s when the Trojans could potentially have a rematch with Tuesday’s opponent, the Chittenango Bears, in the NYSPHSAA Section III Class C boys lacrosse tournament.
But for now, the Trojans will savor a resounding 16-6 victory over the Bears that snapped their three-game losing streak.
“In two weeks they’ll be a different team and we’ll be a different team,” Cottrell said. “Especially coming out of COVID world, who knows what will happen at that point.”
Jake Calabro led the Trojans with four goals and two assists. Jared Matthews added a hat trick and four assists; Reid Partis and Hunter Riehlman each had a hat trick and an assist; and Ben Morenus, Sam Bieber and Carter Newcomb each had a goal.
Newcomb’s goal was the first of his varsity career as a relative newcomer to the sport, and it elicited a huge reaction from the Homer bench and fans.
“It was nice to get back on the winning side of things,” Cottrell said. “I thought the kids played really hard and really well. It was an inspired effort, helped along by our new assistant captain.”
That assistant captain was secondgrader Ivan Roskos, who was honored before the game and will be part of next week’s game against Cortland, which will double as a pediatric cancer research fundraiser.
The Trojans won 27 ground balls to the Bears’ 15 and won faceoffs 17-9. Their ability to control possession was evident off the stat sheet as well, as they forced turnovers on Chittenango transition opportunities, riding the ball carriers out of bounds and intercepting sloppy clearance passes.
“It was nice to see smiles on their faces and nice to be back on home turf, “Cottrell said. “They shard the ball well, Tucker (Gabriel) did a good job at the X, they were aggressive on ground balls. We’ve got good leadership on that offensive end and we played some solid defense.”
This win comes after three straight road losses — a 15-13 decision against Tully, a 17-7 loss to Lafayette and a 12-5 loss to Westhill, three of the top five teams in Class D.
Caleb Barnard was one of the few bright spots for the Bears with four of their six goals.
The Trojans (7-3) will visit CBA at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Homer 21, Chittenango 4
The Trojans girls also had an easy time with Chittenango, leading by double digits throughout the second half.
Kloey Roos filled up the stat sheet with five goals and five assists. Leeanna Peck added four goals, Katlyn Sovocool had three goals and three assists, Annika Roos had two goals and three assists, Kiera Miller had two goals, Camryn Calabro had a goal and five assists and Kayla Miller, Lauren Walling, Aleta Gross and Hannah Slade each had a goal. The Trojans host CBA Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Cortland 6, Syracuse City 4
Trailing 4-3 down to their final three outs, the Purple Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to escape Syracuse with their unbeaten record still intact.
Jason Carr went the distance for the win and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four. Kooper Knabe went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs and two RBI, including the game-winning RBI single on a 3-2 count.
Tyler Blake went 2-for-4 with a triple, and Max Gambitta returned to action with an RBI single in his only at-bat.
The Purple Tigers have a home-and-home with Fulton Thursday and Friday, with a the road game coming Thursday at 5 p.m.
Skaneateles 22, Homer 11
The Lakers did the bulk of their scoring in the second and sixth innings, scoring 10 and nine runs in those frames respectively.
Tatum Pas’cal hit three home runs and Lexie Cottrill hit two long balls for Skaneateles. Homer’s offense was paced by Cat Apker (3-for-4, three runs, eight RBI).
After a busy stretch of games, the Trojans get a breather until Tuesday when they face Westhill.
Dryden 173, Marathon 191
Dryden evened its record at 4-4 as Connor Smith medaled for the fifth time this season with a 37.
The win qualified Dryden for the NYSPHSAA Section IV Class C tournament at Maple Hill on June 8.
Joey Hulbert and Braeden Morrison each turned in a 45 for the Olympians.
Marathon second at dual meet
The Olympians’ 228 was good for second between Vestal’s 223 and Moravai’s 242.
Cailin Marlin had the top score for
Marathon with 54.
Homer 5, Phoenix 0
Spencer Rusyniak and Raymond Meng won their singles matches without dropping a game, as did Elijah Smith and Jackson Henderson in their doubles match.