Medina Journal-Register — AMHERST - Combining a fast start with a strong finish Medina posted a 13-7 victory over Amherst Thursday in a key early season Class C Division lacrosse game.
Matt Zacher and Ben Austin each scored five goals and Kyle Barna three to spearhead the Medina attack and Tommy Zacher made 17 saves in goal to anchor the Mustangs defense.
“That was a huge win for our program. It’s been some time since we’ve had a quality win like that,” Medina coach Gordy Luthart said. “The kids are working real hard and they know that winning doesn’t come easy. All our division games are good tests but this one is a huge step up for us.”
Getting off to a fast start, Medina jumped out to a 4-2 first quarter lead on two goals by Zacher and one each by Austin and Barna.
The Mustangs then quickly upped the advantage to 6-2 before the second period was four minutes old on tallies by Zacher and Austin.
Amherst though closed the period with a pair of goals to cut the deficit to 6-4 at the break. Keeping the momentum, the Tigers then scored twice early in the third period to pull into what proved to be a brief 7-7 tie.
However, the Mustangs answered the challenge by countering with three unanswered goals over the final four minutes of the period to regain the lead for good at 10-7.
Zacher ignited that rally with a tie breaking goal just 48 seconds after Amherst had pulled even.
Austin followed up with a quick tally 50 seconds later and Barna tacked on another goal, off Derek Fuller’s third assist of the day, before the period was over to regain a three goal lead for the Mustangs.
“Our guys are resiliant. They just don’t quit,” said Luthart. “Every time Amherst came close we put the hammer down and just slammed the door.”
Tommy Zacher and his Mustang defensive mates then posted a shutout in the final period.
The Mustangs offense likewise closed strong getting two goals by Austin and one by Banra in the final four minutes to put a firm lock on the victory.
Improving to 2-0 in the division and 3-0 overall, Medina next faces Newark in a non-league game at Nazareth College in Rochester at 12 p.m. Tuesday.