SKANEATELES — Shutouts are rare in lacrosse, and if not for a man-advantage goal against late in the third quarter, the Lakers would've had one.
Skaneateles boys lacrosse routed Homer 13-1 Tuesday at Skaneateles High School, scoring eight goals in the first half to go ahead big.
In net, Luke Renaud, a JV call-up, was nearly perfect with six saves and one goal against. He was beaten only once the entire game, as Homer struck for its only goal with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
"We gave up eight to the same club last time," Skaneateles coach Ron Doctor said. "There's improvement and there's progress. We always so to build off of that and don't be satisfied.
"We had a freshman goalie step in who is up from the JV team. He's a new name here and I thought he had an outstanding game.
Brendan Powers tallies seven points for Skaneateles with two goals and five assists, Grayson Brunelle recorded two goals and two assists, Nick Wamp registered three goals, and John Danforth scored a pair. Evan Brunelle (assist), Ben Spinelli (assist), Colin Weeks and Bauer Morrissey rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
Compared to its last meeting with Homer, a 13-8 win on April 1, Skaneateles significantly improved its play on the defensive end. The Trojans were loose with the ball at times and Lakers were often the ones scooping it up off the turf.
"We've been working on our ground ball intensity," Doctor said. "We're not inexperienced but we have some that are new to positions. It's always a process, but I think the stick work and ground balls ... in those areas we've come a long ways."
Last time Skaneateles faced Homer was a special occasion, as Doctor picked up his 500th career coaching victory. Doctor started the Lakers' lacrosse program in 1982 and coached the first varsity season the following season.
He credits all the assistants and players that have helped him along the way.
"I've had so much help with this coaching staff," Doctor said. "David Pittard has been with me for 30 years. Seth Benjamin is a former player that came back and has worked his way up from modified to JV to varsity. I think it means a lot for the program and the community. We've had our share of great players that have played here. It's a good feeling to be part of it. I was able to hang around long enough to get there."
Skaneateles (5-2) hosts Marcellus on Thursday.
"Things are starting to gel," Doctor said. "At this point I can be proud that they're progressing, and they can see it and feel it. Right now we've still got our work cut out for us. It's a tough league. We're coming of age, so to speak, but hopefully we can be there in the end."