Boys Lacrosse: Mustangs top Braves in OT

Gary Pinneo
In close to the crease, Penn Yan’s # 17 Sam DiRisio flips his shot past the Canandaigua goalie.

Penn Yan Academy and Canandaigua Academy — when two of the most successful high school lacrosse programs in the state meet on the field, the results are generally classic.

The two high school powerhouse lacrosse programs are rivals in every sense.

Friday night, April 18, in Penn Yan, this rivalry was re-kindled and brought to the field of play. And for the huge crowd of local lacrosse fans gathered at Mustang Field, the contest between the two lax giants did not disappoint. It was another classic.

In a see-saw game, Canandaigua jumped to a quick 4-1 lead, only to have the Mustangs answer with 4-1 goal spurt of their own to tie the game at 5 at the half. After the Braves netted the first goal of the 3rd quarter, the Orange and Blue dominated with 3 straight goals to claim a 8-6 lead. The two teams exchanged goals to bring the 3rd quarter to an end with the hometown Mustangs leading 9-7.

The final stanza began with Penn Yan scoring to take a 10-7 lead. But the battling Braves started their frantic comeback at this point finally tying the game 10-10 at the final buzzer in regulation time. In the overtime period, Penn Yan’s Austin Fingar found the back of the net at the 2:14 point of the extra stanza to give the hometown Mustangs the huge 11-10 victory.

Like a lightning bolt’s quick strike, the game was over, the home team celebrated, and excitement spilled over the delighted, loyal Mustang fans. Their hometown lax heroes had just extended their current winning streak over the talented CA Braves to three, and Penn Yan improved their season’s record to 5-1.

Bradley Voigt led the Penn Yan offensive efforts with 3 goals and 1 assist. Sean Emerson also netted 3 goals, while Austin Fingar added 2 goals including the game winner. Sam Dirisio, Rion Davison, and Ben Covert also scored goals and had assists. Brandon Maciejewski was solid in the nets for Penn Yan, recording 9 saves.

In other action last week, the Penn Yan Academy boy’s lacrosse team journeyed to the banks of the Hudson River over spring break. The local lax team enjoyed their annual spring trip to tour the Military Academy at West Point, and also play a game against one of the top high school lacrosse teams in the state, Lakeland/Panas. The game was played in less than desirable, rainy conditions April 15. The Orange and Blue lost for the first time this year to their talented hosts 11-10.

Penn Yan entered the game ranked #2 in the State’s Class C poll. Lakeland/Panas is ranked #16 in the tough Class A large school poll. The two ultra-talented teams battled evenly for the entire game. The ultimate difference in this contest would be the 2nd quarter, when the home team out scored Penn Yan 2-1.

The Mustangs were led by senior Rion Davison’s 4 goals and 2 assists. Bradley Voigt and Sean Emerson both contributed 2 goals and 2 assists to the Penn Yan scoring ledger. Austin Fingar and Sam Dirisio also chipped in goals for the Orange and Blue laxers. Brandon Maciejewski stopped 17 shots on this rainy, cold afternoon for Penn Yan.

They have a tough string of games ahead with their ultimate goal another Section V title and hopefully a New York State Class C crown.