Eden stickmen nip Medina in OT

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jake Cotter looks to go around Eden defender Samuel Kidder during the Mustangs overtime loss to the Raiders this afternoon at Vets Park.

Goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter and in the overtime period earned Eden a 10-9 victory over host Medina this afternoon in a Class C Division lacrosse game at Vets Park.

Trailing 9-8, Eden pulled even on a goal by Joushua Plarr with just 31 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders then netted the game winner on Dan Cuddihy’s fourth goal of the game with only 54 seconds to go in the first overtime period.

Medina had grabbed a 9-8 lead with 4:31 to go in the fourth period on a goal by Mason Lewis but the Mustangs could not score again.

The victory keeps Eden perfect at 3-0 as Medina slips to 1-2 with both of the losses coming in overtime.

Jake Cotter led the Medina offense with 4 goals as Brendan Luthart added 2 and Lewis, Coby Albone and Tyler Valley 1 each.

Medina’s Brendan Luthart works the ball around behind the Eden net as Tyler Schmitz defends for the Raiders.

The teams traded goals three times in the opening period which finished deadlocked at 3-3. Cotter scored twice and Luthart once for the Mustangs during that stretch.

Another goal by Cotter gave Medina a 4-3 lead with 6:20 to go in the second period but Eden countered with three tallies in the final four minutes, two by Cuddihy, to take a 6-4 lead at the half.

Rebounding, Medina erupted for four straight goals to open the second half on consecutive tallies by Cotter, Albone, Valley and Luthart, to regain an 8-6 lead.

However, the Mustangs could not hold the advantage as the Raiders scored the final goal of the third period and the first of the fourth, on a tally by Henri Young, to retie the contest at 8-8.

Medina did regain the lead one last time at 9-8 on the goal by Lewis but the final two tallies and the victory belonged to Eden.

Medina next visits Gowanda/Silver Creek on Friday and defending champion Akron on Monday.


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