Penn Yan Academy senior Austin Blumbergs, son of Derek and Dusty Blumbergs, joins a long line of Mustang lacrosse players who will be going on to the Division I collegiate level of the sport when he steps onto the St. Bonaventure University campus next fall.

Austin, an offensive threat for the Mustangs in recent years, will be on the Bonnies first men’s lacrosse team since the 1992-93 season, playing for Coach Randy Mearns. When Austin visited with the coach, it was clear this was the program for the Mustang.

“It was the best conversation. Right off the start, I knew this would be the best place for me,” he said, explaining Mearns has the kind of ambitious goals that appeal to him. “He has high expectations — go big or go home.”

And Mearns know how to go big. In July, Mearns will return as coach of the 2018 Canadian National Lacrosse team after leading the 2014 national team to the world championship.

Austin has been playing lacrosse since he was old enough to hold a stick. He says he was inspired at a young age by his uncle, Todd Blumbergs, who played for the Mustangs in the early 1990s and Brockport State before becoming the leading scorer for the Latvian National Men’s Team in the 2006 World Lacrosse Games.

Austin says he will be studying in a business-related area, but he hasn’t determined his focus yet — accounting, marketing or management seem likely. Before he makes those life decisions, he has some other goals, most notably to capture a state championship in 2018.

A regular on the Corning Gaffers summer and fall travel lacrosse team, and a four-time Brine All-American, Austin also has played soccer in Penn Yan, but when the snow begins to fly, he’s in the weight room getting in shape for the spring lacrosse season.

Playing Varsity Lacrosse at Penn Yan Academy has been the best experience because of the great coaching. Crediting Varsity Coach Brian Hobart with consistently molding a championship level team, Austin says, “He can lead a team to success.”