It was a bright, sunny day Saturday as the Penn Yan lacrosse team faced Nichols in a matchup at Penn Yan Academy. The sun symbolized the week the Mustangs had as they strung together three wins during their busiest week of the young season.
It took nine seconds for Penn Yan to take a shot against Nichols, and just a minute to score their first goal when Colton Smith found the back of the net during a man-up situation to spot the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Penn Yan worked the ball patiently with crisp passing, a fact that would serve them well throughout the game.
Conner Fingar put the Mustangs ahead 2-0 two minutes later as he found the goal at the 9:18 mark. He scored again just three minutes later at 6:17 to spot Penn Yan a 3-0 lead for a dominant start to the game. Nichols finally put the ball in the net with 19.7 seconds in the initial quarter as Julian Freeman beat goalie Jeffrey Kinyoun top left. Any hope of momentum for the Vikings was squashed, however, as Fingar found Chase Blumbergs who slung in an underhand shot with 7.7 seconds left to give Penn Yan a 4-1 lead to end the first quarter.
The second quarter featured no scoring and at one point, head coach Brian Hobart urged his team on during a timeout as he shouted, “We’ve got a lot of guys just wandering around out there.” Penn Yan held the 4-1 lead at halftime.
After Smith scored his second goal to give Penn Yan a 5-1 lead, Nichols answered with 6:37 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 5-2. Devon Gerhart again proved Penn Yan’s ability to squelch momentum as he found the net with 4:22 remaining in the third.
Penn Yan picked Nichols apart in the final quarter as Smith scored his third goal of the game off a Gerhart assist to make it 7-2, and Gerhart tallied his second goal three minutes later when he took a Carter Earl pass and scored to give Penn Yan an 8-2 lead. Perhaps the most exciting part of the game came with a little over a minute left when the Mustangs were burning the clock. Clay Kinyoun held the ball and took several hits while retaining possession. At one point he fell to the turf but got up and raced around the left side of the goal, shooting and scoring to the delight of the Penn Yan crowd who clearly appreciated the Kinyoun’s determination.
Colton Smith finished with three goals and one assist, Devon Gerhardt tallied two goals and three assists, Ayden Mowry and Carter Earl registered an assist apiece, Connor Fingar had two goals and an assist, and Chase Blumbergs and Clay Kinyoun each had a goal. Jeff Kinyoun had seven saves in goal.
Penn Yan 4 Penfield 2
Earlier in the week, Penn Yan defeated Penfield 4-2. Fingar had a goal and two assists, Mowry scored two goals, Blumbergs had a goal, and Gerhardt had an assist.
The team was coming off a dominating 18-1 win over Livonia earlier.
Smith led the way with five goals and two assists, Mekhi Mahan had four goals, Blumbergs had a goal and an assist, Mowry scored two goals and had three assists, Fingar had two goals and two assists, Gerhardt had three assist, Earl had a goal and an assist, and Lucas Paige had a goal.
The team has no contests this week over spring break.