Eden stickmen down Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Tyler Valley (10) works to stop Eden’s Nick Wilder (18) during the Mustangs loss to the Raiders this afternoon at Vets Park.

Unable to capitalize on a bonus home game opportunity, Medina dropped a 13-5 decision to Eden this afternoon in a Class C Division lacrosse contest at Vets Park.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Eden but poor field conditions caused the Raiders to give up the home field and request the contest be shifted to the Medina turf.

And the bus ride certainly didn’t bother Eden as the Raiders jumped out to leads of 3-1 after one period and 7-3 at the half. Four goals by Nick Wilder led the Raiders in the opening half.

Medina did briefly pull even at 1-1 on a goal by Brett Pecoraro with four minutes to go in the first quarter but the Mustangs could not gain the lead.

In the second quarter, Medina cut the deficit to 3-2 on a goal by Aaron Feltz and to 5-3 on a tally by Kyle Barna but would get no closer.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Colin Bentley (11) passes the ball up field against Wilder.

Barna also scored Medina’s two second half goals, both coming in the third period but the Mustangs trailed 10-5 heading into the final quarter. The first of Barna’s goals cut the deficit to 7-4 but Eden answered right back with two lightning quick goals within a span of just 28 seconds, the second coming off a turnover, to pull away for good.

Now at 1-2 in the division and 2-3 overall, Medina next hosts East Aurora at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The rain throughout the early part of the day washed out the rest of the area’s high school sports schedule including the Barker at Lyndonville and Medina at Akron baseball games and the Akron at Medina and Roy-Hart at Wilson softball contests.