Mustang boys lacrosse advances to Section V Class C final

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 6 Casey Marsh wins a face off in the Mustang's victory over Livonia which set them up to play Wayne Saturday.

The Penn Yan Mustang boy's lacrosse team once again will have a chance to win a Section V Class C title. The #1 seed Mustangs upended #5 Wayne 17-3 Saturday morning in Waterloo in a Class C semifinal game played at Tom Coughlin Stadium. With the victory, Penn Yan will advance to the Section V Class C championship game on Wednesday, May 27 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. They will play the #3 seed Aquinas Little Irish for the title at 3:30 p.m. For those planning to attend this championship rematch, remember, there is a $5 admission fee.

In the semifinal contest played Saturday, Penn Yan faced off against the Wayne Eagles from the Finger Lakes League. This was the first time Penn Yan had faced the Wayne County school. After a relatively slow start, the Orange and Blue scoring machine shifted into high gear. A 7-goal spurt midway through the first half got the Mustangs rolling. They led 9-2 at the half. Six more goals in the third quarter put this game out of reach of the reeling Eagles. When the final horn sounded, Penn Yan walked off with a convincing 17-3 win and a trip to the finals. The Wayne laxers went home.

Craig Gerhardt was the Penn Yan marksman in this game. He fired home 6 goals to lead the Orange and Blue offensive onslaught. Tate Stewart added 4 goals and an assist. Junior Austin Fingar netted 3 goals and 3 assists. Rounding out the Penn Yan scoring sheet was Sean Emerson with 1 goal and 5 assists, Ben Covert with 1 goal and 1 assist, Jake Covert with 1 goal and 1 assist, brother Ben Covert registered 1 goal, Nick Griffin 1 goal, and Casey Marsh and Ben Emerson with 1 assist. In the Penn Yan nets, Gage Ponsetti stopped 5 shots and Kyle Welker recorded 1 save in 2:00 of action.

The championship game will be a tough one. Aquinas defeated #10 Newark 15-5 to advance to the title game. They play in the tough Rochester/Monroe County League. The Irish are 12-6 on the year. The Mustangs enter the big confrontation with a 13-4 record.