Mustangs edge Pal-Mac in opener

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 8 Bradley Voit gets a Pal-Mac stick to the gut.

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s lacrosse squad opened their 2011 campaign on Saturday afternoon, entertaining the Red Raiders from Pal-Mac at Mustang Field.  

The Mustangs, starting their second season as an independent, faced off against an old Finger Lakes League foe in game one of the new season.  But this was not quite how the Mustangs remembered their old league.  

For a good part of the afternoon, the visiting Red Raiders sent a message that the old league had improved.  Pal-Mac jumped out to a 4-2 first quarter lead, and held a slim 7-6 lead at the half, out-playing their hosts.  

In fact, Pal-Mac held two-goal leads three times in the first half.  However, the long time powerhouse Mustangs eventually righted the ship, and took control of the game in the second half.  

The Orange and Blue knotted the score at 9 after three quarters and eventually scored the game-winner in the final stanza.  

It was the Mustang’s defense that finally turned the trick.  They shut out the Red Raiders in the third and fourth quarters to nail down win number one of 2011.  

The Mustangs prevailed 10-9.  This was not the artistic opener the Mustangs had hoped for, but it was a win none the less.

Penn Yan Head Coach Brian Hobart was happy with the opening day win, but also saw a lot of room for improvement for his Mustang charges.  “We did not play particularly well in this game, and made quite a few mistakes, but fortunately we escaped with the win,”  he said, adding, “We’ll make some adjustments and get better.”  

That is what first games are for.

Ryan Maciejewski tallied three goals, and added two assists to top the Penn Yan scorers.  

Anthony Luppino added two goals and an assist.  Bradley Voigt notched a goal and two assists.  Jeremy Bunn, Dylan Yonts, James Voigt, and Rion Davison also scored goals for Penn Yan.  

Brandon Maciejewski recorded three saves in the nets for the Mustangs (1-0).  

The Penn Yan laxers traveled Rochester Tuesday evening to take on McQuaid.  

They will round out their Rochester lacrosse visit with a game against Brighton on Saturday afternoon.