Amherst stickmen thump Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – The Medina duo of Tyler Valley (10) and Kyle Barna (8) works to get the ball away from Amherst’s Jonathan Dawson (18) during the Mustangs loss to the Tigers this afternoon at Vets Park.

Plagued by a rash of turnovers, Medina dropped a 14-4 decision to Amherst at Vets Park this afternoon in the season opening Class C Division lacrosse game for both teams.

Setting the tone for the afternoon, Amherst capitalized on two Medina turnovers to grab a quick 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, an advantage the Tigers never relinquished.

Medina did briefly cut the deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Tyler Valley two minutes later but the Mustangs would get no closer.

Up 3-1 at the end of the first period, Amherst broke the contest wide open with a barrage of five goals within a span of five minutes midway through the second half.

Jimmy Chadwick scored five goals to lead the first half uprising for Amherst which led 9-1 at the break.

The Tigers maintained a 10-3 lead after three quarters.

Kyle Barna and Brett Pecoraro each scored a goal for Medina in the third period. Barna also netted the Mustangs only goal of the final stanza.

Now at 1-1 overall, Medina will complete a busy four game opening week by visiting Wilson at 5 p.m. Friday in a Class C Division contest and Palmyra-Madedon in a non league game on Saturday afternoon at 3 at Genesee Community College.

Amherst is now 4-1 overall.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Andrew Wigley (2) tries to knock the ball away from Amherst’s Ben Battaglia (21).