Penn Yan Boys have a winning week

Gary Pinneo

Remember in grade school when you returned to class in September after summer vacation and your teacher would have you write an essay on “How you spent your summer vacation?”  

Well if the Penn Yan Mustang boy’s lacrosse team had to deliver the same schooltime task describing their Spring Break, it would certainly detail quite an exciting and productive seven days.  

Going into this season, the Mustangs had this particular week circled on their schedule.  The local laxers had two key games scheduled against a couple of New York State high school lacrosse powerhouses.  How they performed against these tough foes would show how far this year’s Mustang squad had progressed.  And progressed they have.   Spring Break 2011 proved to be a very nice one for the Orange and Blue laxers.  

Last Tuesday Penn Yan defeated Section I, Class A Regional Champion Lakeland/Panas 8-5 on their Hudson Valley turf.  Three days later Penn Yan handed long time rival and Finger Lakes area lacrosse power Canandaigua a convincing 10-4 loss in Canandaigua.  It was quite a week for Penn Yan lacrosse.

Penn Yan 8     Lakeland/Panas  5

Last Sunday afternoon the Penn Yan Mustang lacrosse team traveled across the state to the Hudson Valley for their annual Spring Break trip.  

The Penn Yan laxers arrived at their destination on the majestic Hudson River and spent the night at the Thayer Hotel on the river.  After enjoying dinner, the team settled in for a little down time to think about their task ahead.  Monday, the Mustangs were welcomed to the United States Military Academy at West Point by Army lacrosse Coach Joe Alberici.  

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oach Alberici is originally from Auburn and is very familiar with the Penn Yan area.  The Mustang players toured Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, where the Cadets play their games, and the training facilities of the Academy.  The Penn Yan youngsters and contingent were also given a tour of the Army Hall of Fame.  Later, the team bussed to Lakeland/Panas High School to practice on their field before returning to West Point to spend the evening.  

The team was treated to breakfast on Tuesday morning before their big showdown match against the talented Rebels from Lakeland/Panas.

The host Rebel team jumped out early in the game to grab an early lead.  But Penn Yan settled down and slowly rallied back to take a 3-2 first quarter lead.  The two teams exchanged goals in the second quarter.  The visiting Mustangs lead 4-3 at the half.

The Mustangs outplayed their hosts in the pivotal second half, outscoring their Section I hosts 4-2.  The Orange and Blue forces posted a big and impressive 8-5 win, handing Lakeland/Panas their first loss of the season.  It was a huge win for the Mustangs (6-1), but more importantly, a special, unforgettable experience for the Penn Yan youngsters.

Rion Davison tallied three goals to pace the Orange and Blue attack.  Bradley Voigt added two goals and an assist.  Rounding out the Mustang scoresheet was J.J. Voigt (one goal), Anthony Luppino (one goal/one assist), Dylan Yonts (one goal/two assists), and Ryan Maciejewski one assist.  Brandon Maciejewski recorded 12 saves in the Mustang nets.  Tuesday’s victory was a big one for the surging Orange and Blue lax squad, but as Canandaigua would soon find out, they were not through for the week.

Penn Yan 10  Canandaigua 4

The Penn Yan Mustang/Canandaigua Brave lacrosse rivalry has always been intense and as good as it gets.  These two, proud high school lacrosse powers look forward to squaring off each year with Finger Lakes High School lacrosse supremacy on the line.  

The last few seasons, Canandaigua has held the edge.  But this year’s showdown in Canandaigua on Friday morning would have a definite Orange and Blue tint to it.  

The game was originally scheduled as a night showdown, but was moved to Friday morning at historic Evans Field because of wet conditions at the Canandaigua Academy field.  The 2011 showdown would prove to be the Year of the Mustang.  A determined Penn Yan squad outworked the Braves and came away with an impressive 10-4 win over the CA laxers.

Penn Yan and Canandaigua battled through the first three quarters with the Mustangs holding a slight 5-3 edge. 

The teams exchanged goals early in the final stanza to make the score 6-4.  From that point on, the game belonged to the hustling Mustang laxers.  They tallied four unanswered goals  to walk off with the impressive 10-4 victory.

For Penn Yan, Adam Stork had a huge day, scoring four goals.  Rion Davison added two goals, Ryan Maciejewski two goals and one assist, and Anthony Luppino one goal.  Dylan Yonts dished out three assists.  Brandon Maciejewski and Matt Spoor recorded eight saves in the nets to broker the big Mustang win defensively.  Penn Yan improved their record to 7-1 with the big win.

The spring break ended with two big wins and a week to remember for the young Mustang laxers.  “Beating a state-ranked team and also our traditional rival Canandaigua in the same week is certainly special for our program” stated Mustang Coach Brian Hobart.  

The Penn Yan mentor also added, “The kids worked very hard and showed some real confidence this week against two very good teams.  I am really happy about that.”