Penn Yan boys claim the team's 23rd sectional crown
The Mustangs are Champions Again! The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s lacrosse team defeated Aquinas 8-6 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford Wednesday afternoon, May 30. The win gave the Mustangs the 2018 Section V Class D title. This is the 23rd Section V championship for the amazing Mustang lacrosse program. They were Class C champions in 2017 and picked up their first Section V Class D title this year. With the championship victory, the Orange and Blue crew will once again advance to the New York State Far West Quarter-final game in Buffalo at 10 a.m. June 2. The Mustangs will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Section VI Akron in last year’s quarter-final game. The win over a very tough Aquinas team was Penn Yan’s 6th in 7 tries over the ‘Lil Irish. The last time a Penn Yan team failed to win a Section V title was 2010. They lost that year to Aquinas.
Wednesday’s championship game was played in hot, steamy conditions on the Growney Stadium turf. The Mustangs rushed out to a quick advantage in the opening quarter. They led 5-1 on 2 goals by Conner Fingar and single markers by Dylan Stape, Ayden Mowry, and Austin Blumbergs. Fingar dished out 2 assists also in the first quarter.
The Irish battled back in the 2nd quarter cutting the Penn Yan lead to 6-3 at the half. Colton Smith picked up a Mustang goal in the 2nd quarter. Devon Gerhardt found the back of the net in the 3rd quarter and the Orange and Blue entered the final quarter with a 7-5 lead. Austin Blumbergs scored early in the 4th quarter with an assist from Colton Smith to give Penn Yan an 8-5 lead. Aquinas scored again to cut the lead to 8-6, but Penn Yan controlled the ball for the final 2 minutes of the game to walk off with the win.
Conner Fingar scored 2 goals and dished out 2 assists to lead the Mustang attack. Austin Blumbergs also scored 2 goals. Devon Gerhardt, Dylan Stape, Colton Smith, and Ayden Mowry also scored goals for the Yates County lax crew. Colton Smith added an assist also. Jeff Kinyoun had a stellar game between the pipes for the Mustangs. He stymied the Irish on several occasions with key stops. He ended the game with 9 saves. The Mustangs improve their 2018 record to 13-5 with the win.