Whitesboro’s Nate Farrell (25) looks to control the ball as New Hartford’s Jesse Ondrako (5) gives chase.

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spartansNew Hartford had five goals from Jesse Ondrako and four from brother, Joe Ondrako, leading the Spartans to a 13-3 boy’s lacrosse win over Whitesboro today, claiming the 2014 version of the Sparrior Cup. 

The Sparrior Cup is the trophy that’s on the line annually, when high school lacrosse rivals New Hartford and Whitesboro get together.

New Hartford now enjoys a 9-4 advantage over Whitesboro in the 13 years of Sparrior Cup action.

Jesse Ondrako (5) follows through on a laser beam goal during first period action.

With a steady rain falling nearly sideways, thanks to help from 20 +mph wind gusts and temperatures hovering around 42 degrees, these two long time rivals took to the soggy sod at Ed Wadas Stadium in Whitesboro.

Each team started today’s game experiencing very different seasons so far.

New Hartford came into today’s contest with a record of (6-2) overall and (4-2) in the Freedom National Division.

Whitesboro started today’s action with a record of (0-10) overall and (0-4) in the Freedom National. 

The Spartans struck early and often in this one, netting four goals in the first twelve minutes of the game.

Jesse Ondrako dented the twine two times in the opening quarter, while Connor Nelson and Joe Ondrako tallied one apiece in the opening period, to give the Spartans a 4-0 lead after one.

New Hartford got the better of an evenly played second period, which saw Whitesboro pick up the offensive pressure.

Joe Ondrako and Jesse Ondrako made the most of the New Hartford opportunities in the Whitesboro end and New Hartford carried a 5-0 lead into the much needed, half time intermission.

Despite the horrible weather conditions, the teams played a very clean game, with only one penalty being called in the first half.

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New Hartford’s Alex Cooke (14) works down low against Whitesboro’s Scott Waters (14) late in the game.

The third quarter belonged to New Hartford, as the Spartans outscored Whitesboro 5-1, extending the lead to 10-1, headed to the fourth.

Head Coach, Dan Pope’s club got third period scores from Peter Rayhill, Alex Cooke, Nick Cooke, and one each from the Andrako brothers to up the advantage to nine goals. 

whitesboroWhitesboro’s first goal of the game came out of the stick of Scott Waters, with an assist going to Logan Gagne. 

Each of the Ondrako brothers found pay dirt (well, mud anyway) again in the final period, while Andrew Davi found the net himself and the Spartans went on to the 14-3 win.

Gagne and Ryan Shannon had one goal each for the Warriors in the final frame.

Mike Cuchiarele made 8 saves in goal for New Hartford. Pat Husnay stopped 10 of 23 shots he faced between the pipes for Whitesboro. 

New Hartford, (7-2, 4-2) returns to action on Thursday, when they travel to Chittenango for a divisional matchup with the Bears.

Whitesboro (0-11, 0-4) will look for their first win of the season, when they travel to conference foe, Fulton, on Friday evening.


New Hartford 13 Whitesboro 3

                     1   2   3   4   Total

Whitesboro      0    0   1   2      3

New Hartford  4     1   5   3      13

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New Hartford’s Nick Cooke (15) handles the ball as New Hartford played keep away in the final moments of the contest.