Boys Lacrosse: Mustangs rout Akron 19-4 to win Western Regional crown

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustangs completed a three game sweep by Section V teams Saturday with a convincing 19-4 drubbing of the Section VI Akron Tigers at All High Stadium in Buffalo. Akron entered this contest averaging over 19 goals per game, but they were little match against the rugged defense and solid goaltending of Penn Yan. The Mustangs controlled every aspect of this game, holding a 15-11 edge in faceoffs and delivering some bone-rattling body checks along the way.

Penn Yan jumped off to a quick 4-goal lead in the first quarter before allowing the first Akron goal of the evening. They doubled their edge in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 4-1 and a 8-2 halftime lead. If there was any doubt in the minds of those watching, it was quickly put to rest in the third quarter. The Mustangs controlled the ball the entire quarter and scored 6 unanswered goals to push their winning margin to 14-2 after three. Akron scored the first goal of the final stanza. But the Orange and Blue countered with 4 more of their own. The teams traded goals in the final 3 minutes. The clock ran out on the Section VI Tigers and the scoreboard reported the finals score. Penn Yan 19 Akron 4.

Andrew Perl was the offensive star of the game for Penn Yan. He scored 7 goals. Bradley Voigt added 3 goals and 2 assists, while senior teammate Rion Davison added 2 goals. Craig Gerhardt found the back of the net 3 times for the Mustangs. Austin Fingar contributed a goal and 4 assists. Rounding out the Mustang scoresheet was Sam Dirisio with 1 goal, Ben Covert 1 goal, and Casey Marsh with his first goal of the season. Sean Emerson added an assist. Brandon Maciejewski was superb in goal for Penn Yan, making 14 saves and totally thwarting the high powered Akron Tiger offense. Austin Fingar did a fine job controlling faceoffs and playing some really tough defense as did the rest of the Penn Yan backline. It was a total team effort.

History was also made on Penn Yan's second goal of the game. Bradley Voigt scored the goal and in doing so became the leading scorer in the illustrious and successful history of Penn Yan Mustang lacrosse. He is now the all-time leading scorer in Mustang history with 251 goals.

The Mustangs will now advance to the New York State Class C semifinal game Wednesday night at North Syracuse-Cicero High School. Their opponent is a tough one, the #1 Class C team in the state, Section III Cazenovia. They are undefeated with a 22-0 record. The Mustangs are ranked #2 in the state with a 16-3 record. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday night. It should be a titanic struggle for sure. Cazenovia defeated Penn Yan 8-7 in last year's state semifinal game. The winner will move on to New York State championship game on Long Island.