MIDDLEPORT— After two years of struggling, the Lady Mustangs field hockey team is starting to learn what it takes to win in the Niagara-Orleans League.
Kelsey Evoy scored both of Medina's goals, both on assists from Mallori Wienke, as the Lady Mustangs edged past Roy-Hart 2-1 in a league contest on Tuesday afternoon.
"It wasn't pretty, but we won," Medina veteran head coach Kristi Young said. "I was panicking at the end, but we held them off."
The panic came when Roy-Hart mounted a furious comeback attempt in the game's final five minutes, earning a string of penalty corner opportunities, which the Lady Mustangs fended off with aggressive defense.
But Medina had the comfort of a lead at this point, thanks to Evoy's second tally that held up as the game-winning goal, just inside the ten-minute mark.
Evoy plays the halfback position and is not normally on the offensive side, except for when the Lady Mustangs have a penalty corner opportunity. Consequently, both of Evoy's goals came as a result of penalty corners, when she served as the inserter, Young said.
Evoy gave Medina a 1-0 lead early in the first half, before Roy-Hart answered to make the score 1-1 at halftime.
Medina's win was even more impressive considering the challenges of adjusting from the Veterans Park turf to Roy Hart's grass playing surface. The Lady Mustangs hadn't played on the road for over two weeks, Young said, and the re-adjustment proved difficult at first.
But Young's squad prevailed, and the Lady Mustangs will conclude their season with road games at Newfane, Barker and Wilson.
Medina improves to 2-7 in league play, while Roy-Hart drops to 0-9.
"Our girls played hard," Young said.
Barker 1, Akron 0
AKRON — Heather Mason scored the lone goal of the game, on an assist from Melissa Grosshans, as the Lady Raiders held off Akron in a closely contested Niagara-Orleans League game on Tuesday afternoon.
Mason's goal came off a penalty corner, with just 4:29 remaining in the first half. Caitlyn Mason made two saves to earn the shutout for Barker.
The Lady Raiders remain undefeated in league play at 8-0, 10-0 overall, while Akron falls to 5-3 in the league.
Medina 3, Lyndonville 0
LYNDONVILLE — Nicole Blount led the Lady Mustangs with eight aces and two kills, as Medina defeated Lyndonville in a non-league rivalry match on Monday evening.
Molley Gross added five assists for Medina, while Emily Kams had three aces and seven assists.
Medina won the first set 25-19, the second set 25-16 and the third set 26-24.
Morgan Hungerford had six blocks, five aces and two kills for the Lady Tigers, while Cierra Riley added four kills.
Wilson 4, Albion 0
WILSON — Nathan Johnson led the Lakemen with two goals and an assist, as Wilson cruised past Albion in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Monday afternoon.
Daniel Rohring earned the shutout in goal for the Lakemen, who improve to 2-6-1 in league play. Albion falls to 2-7-1.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Newfane 24, Medina 32
Newfane 26, Akron 29
Medina 27, Akron 28
AKRON — Dalton Cerbone led the Mustangs with a time of 17:56, as Medina split a Niagara-Orleans League tri-meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Austin Heil ran a time of 18:17 for the Mustangs, who are now 2-3 in league play. Newfane improves to 4-1, while Akron falls to 4-2.
Albion 20, Roy-Hart 39
ALBION — Evan Pappalardo led the Purple Eagles with a time of 18:07, as Albion defeated Roy-Hart in a Niagara-Orleans League meet at Albion High School on Tuesday afternoon.
Ben Bacon of Roy-Hart finished second, while Albion's Aaron Chen took third.
Albion improves to 3-2 in the league, while Roy-Hart drops to 1-4.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Akron 20, Newfane 38
Akron 15, Medina 50
Newfane 15, Medina 50
AKRON — Medina's Holly Heil ran a time of 21:14 to place fourth overall, as Akron swept a Niagara-Orleans League tri-meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Akron improves to 6-0 in the league, while Medina falls to 0-5. Newfane is now 4-1.
Albion 27, Roy-Hart 28
ALBION — Albion's Hannah Wehling led all runners with a time of 20:59, as the Lady Purple Eagles edged past Roy-Hart in a Niagara-Orleans League meet at Albion High School on Tuesday afternoon.
Meredith Patterson of Albion came in second place, while Roy-Hart's Chelsea Herriven took third.
Albion improves to 2-3 on the season, while Roy-Hart falls to 1-4.