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It was Albion vs. Medina in the Mustangs inaugural field hockey home opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 September 2020 at 5:05 pm

Contributed Photo – In action here from the Albion at Medina field hockey game during the Niagara-Orleans League’s debut season in 1974 Medina’s Lynne Schlegel (32) and her Mustang teammates Dawn Modern (41), Pam Root (34), Anita Chinn (25) and Lisa Collins work to gain control of the ball.

With the belated start to practice for the fall high school sports season for field hockey, boys and girls soccer, cross-country and golf slated to begin on Monday here is a look back at Medina’s first field hockey home opener in 1974 which was interestingly against Albion.

The Mustangs and Purple Eagles played to a 4-4 tie in that Niagara-Orleans League contest played behind the Wise Middle School.

Medina rallied from a 4-2 deficit on a pair of second half goals by Rita Chambers. The tying goal came with only 30 seconds remaining. Chris and Carol Prawel scored Medina’s other goals in the first half.

Albion played field hockey in the N-O for the league’s first eight years (1974-1981) before switching to soccer as a girls sport for the fall season.

Medina, which went 0-5-1 during that inaugural season quickly moved into a contending team by posting winning records of 7-2-3 in 1975,  8-4 in 1976 and 9-3-2 in 1977 before putting together three straight N-O championship years. The Mustangs claimed the N-O crown by going 13-0-1 in 1978, 14-1-0 in 1979 and 13-1 in 1980.