Lady Mustangs notch two wins in first three games

Gary Pinneo
Whitman’s # 21 Andrea Eckert passes ahead to her teammate.

After competing successfully as an independent last season, the Penn Yan Mustang girl’s lacrosse team returned to the comfortable confines of the Finger Lakes League for the 2011 season.  

Penn Yan racked up an impressive 15-4 record last season, playing a very tough independent schedule.  They eventually lost to Honeoye Falls-Lima in the Class C finals of the Section V Tournament.  

The Penn Yan girls return to the Finger Lakes League this season with high hopes of competing for another league title and a shot at a Sectional championship.  They last won the Finger Lakes title in 2007.  Longtime Lady Mustang Head Coach Pat Queener begins her 15th year at the helm of the ultra-successful lacrosse program in Penn Yan.  She has a career record of 278-55.

Penn Yan 14 Mynderse 2

The Lady Mustangs made a successful return to the Finger Lakes League on Monday afternoon, posting a convincing 14-2 win over Mynderse at Mustang Field in Penn Yan.  

The Penn Yan laxers built up a 8-1 advantage after the first half, and cruised to an easy 14-2 triumph.  Jen Burt and Sam Mashewske each scored four goals, and added an assist in the Orange and Blue win.  

Christy Brennan added two goals and three assists.  Kristen Thayer one goal, Cara Elias two goals and one assist. Natalie Wagaman’s one goal rounded out the Penn Yan scoring.  Meg Hopkins recorded nine saves in the nets for Penn Yan.

Penn Yan 12   Newark 6

The Lady Mustangs improved their early season record to 2-0 with a 12-6 victory over Newark at home Wednesday afternoon.  The Mustang girls held a slight 5-3 lead at the half, but pulled away in the second half outscoring the visiting Reds 7-3.  

Jen Burt scored five goals to pace the Lady Mustang attack.  Christy Brennan added two goals and one assist to the Penn Yan winning cause.  

Cara Elias, Sam Mashewske, Kristen Thayer and Natalie Wagaman also scored goals for Penn Yan.  Madison Hill and Courtney Lafler contributed assists.  Meg Hopkins stopped nine shots in goal for the Mustangs.

Marcus Whitman 10  Penn Yan 4

The Marcus Whitman Lady Wildcat lacrosse team has steadily moved into the elite group of teams in the Finger Lakes region.  

On Saturday morning in Penn Yan, the Lady Wildcats finally achieved a feat they never had done before.  Whitman defeated the Penn Yan Lady Mustangs 10-4.  This marked the first time in the 10 year history of the Whitman girl’s lacrosse program they have been able to beat the Lady Mustangs on the lacrosse field.  

The Lady Wildcats handed Penn Yan their first loss of the season, defeating their hosts 10-4.  Whitman raced to a 7-3 first half lead, and cruised to the win, outscoring the Orange and Blue 3-1 in the second half.  

For Penn Yan, Madison Hill (one goal, one assist), Cara Elias ( one goal), Natalie Wagaman (one goal), and Kristen Thayer (one goal) provided the Penn Yan scoring.  Jen Burt recorded two assists, and Sam Steinert added an assist.  

Meg Hopkins recorded 11 saves in the net for Penn Yan. (2-1).  The victorious Lady Wildcats were led by Molly Gray’s three goals and four assists.  Megan Robson added two goals and two assists.  Hannah Barnett notched three goals.  Claudia Coleates had seven saves in the nets for Whitman (2-0,2-1).

The Lady Mustangs will return to action on Thursday afternoon at home against Waterloo.