The road to any high school lacrosse New York State championship inevitably goes through Section 3. The Syracuse area teams are highly competitive and well schooled, always posing a major hurdle to a state crown. So when a Section V powerhouse like Penn Yan Academy faces off against a Section 3 powerhouse like Westhill during the regular season, people tend to take notice. Tuesday evening in Penn Yan, the Mustangs took on the talented Westhill team from Syracuse and passed the challenge with flying colors, posting a huge 12-2 victory.
Penn Yan dominated the game in every aspect. They jumped out to a 7-2 first half lead and then proceeded to shutout the Westhillers in the second half. The Mustangs won 14 of 18 face offs in the game and the talented Orange and Blue defensive corps of Tanner Irwin, John Luppino, Scott Fingar, Coty Bailey, and Riley Marsh completely stymied the normally potent Westhill shooters. When the Syracuse boys did get shots off, Penn Yan netminder Gage Ponsetti had the answer. He stopped 6 shots in goal. It was a truly dominating performance by the Mustang lacrosse squad.
Senior Sean Emerson provided the offensive lightning for the Orange and Blue. He netted 7 goals. Tate Stewart added 2 goals while Austin and Conner Finger tallied 1 goal each. Austin also dished out an assist.
The win improves the Mustangs season record to 8-2. The Westhill folks headed back to the Salt City with an overall 8-3 record.
Mynderse 20 Marcus Whitman 2
Mynderse Academy defeated Marcus Whitman 20-2 in Seneca Falls on Tuesday afternoon. The loss dropped the Wildcat season record to 0-10.
Geneva 18 Marcus Whitman 10
The Geneva Panthers defeated Marcus Whitman 18-10 in a key Finger Lakes girl's lacrosse match played on Tuesday. Geneva jumped out quickly to a 11-5 first half lead, and never looked back. Emily Thompson recorded 5 goals for the Wildcats. Victoria Shively, Abbie Alvord, Danni Bagley, Cameron James, and Kelsey Tiffany also scored goals for Whitman. Liz Cooley was busy in the nets for the Wildcat girls. She had 13 saves in the contest. Marcus Whitman falls to 7-3 with the loss. Geneva improves to 7-2.