Medina Journal-Register — AKRON - Getting back into the game with a huge fourth quarter rally, Medina went on to drop a narrow 15-14 overtime decision to Akron Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class C lacrosse playoffs.
Trailing by five, 13-8, at the outset of the fourth quarter, Medina exploded for a barrage of six straight goals to rally into the lead for the first time at 14-13.
Goals by Matt Zacher and Ben Austin ignited that decisive uprising. Kyle Barna and Derek Fuller followed up with goals to pull the Mustangs to within one.
Another goal by Barna knotted the contest at 13-13 and Zacher followed up with the go ahead tally to rally the Mustangs into a 14-13 lead with 2:39 remaining.
However, Akron answered right back just 13 seconds later on a goal by Larsen Sundown reknotting the contest at 14-14.
Medina had a couple of late opportunities but couldn’t connect sending the contest into overtime.
The Mustangs then had the first scoring opportunity of the extra period but couldn’t find the net. Akron though came rushing back up field and quickly scord the game winner on a shot by Sturges Sundown just 48 seconds into the overtime.
“There were several times during the game we could have thrown in the towel but I knew we wouldn’t. I knew we would battled until the end and we did,” Medina coach Gordy Luthart said.
Akron also got off to a quick start grabbing a 4-1 lead at the end of the opening period.
Medina cut the deficit to 4-3 at the outset of the second period on back-to-back goals by Austin and Fuller but Akron answered by tallying four of the next five goals to move out to a 8-4 lead at the half.
The teams traded goals for much of the third period which ended with the Tigers maintaining a 12-8 lead. Austin scored two goals and Barna and Brett Pecoraro both added one for the Mustangs during that stretch.
Akron upped the lead to 13-8 in the opening seconds of the final period but this time Medina answered with a flurry of six straight goals to take what proved to be a brief 14-13 lead as the final two goals and the narrow win belonged to the Tigers.
“We kept on fighting and working we just fell a little short,” Luthart said. “I’m extremely proud of our effort. Akron is a very good team and we fought right till the end and we’ve done that all season. Irregardless of the score of this game this season has been a success for us. We’ve established a standard for Medina lacrosse for the future.”
Barna and Austin both finished with four goals, Zacher three, Fuller two and Pecoraro one for Medina.
Tommy Zacher made 16 saves in goal to anchor the defense for the Mustangs.
Medina finishes the season at 12-6.