Medina's Jake Cotter first to earn DI lacrosse scholarship

Posted at 2:53 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 17:30:55-04

It is often said that records are meant to be broken.

"It's overwhelming," Medina's Jake Cotter said.  "Just putting in the hard work and dedication is awesome."

This season Jake etched his name into the history books as one of the greatest to ever play for the Mustangs.

The keys to his success: "Hustle, non-stop work," he said.

Behind a 69-goal regular season, Jake is now the schools all-time leading scorer with 199 career goals, surpassing the mark Kyle Barna set back in 2014.

"Honestly, I never thought I'd pass Kyle Barna," he said.  "He was a huge player and I'm excited that I was able to do that. I mean, there's not a lot of works to express it."

"It's a great accomplishment," Head Coach Gordy Luthart said.  "We need to celebrate that and let people know we have some pretty good lacrosse players in Medina."

Plenty have noticed.  And now, Jake is the the first in Medina lacrosse history to earn a Division I scholarship.

"It's a great honor for the school, the program, Jake and his family," coach said.

"It's great. I got to meet with Coach (Randy) Mearns over the summer, the head coach at Canisius," he said. "And, I'm glad I'm going to be a part of his family next year."

***Super 7 Countdown***

#1 – Jake Cotter, Medina Lacrosse
Behind a 69-goal effort became the Mustangs’ all-time leading scoring with 199 career goals.  He also became the first in lacrosse program history to earn a DI scholarship from the school.

#2 – Megan Kyte, Nichols Softball
Tossed three consecutive complete game shutouts this week, including a perfect game against Niagara Catholic.  She also has 33 strikeouts over those three games.

“Megan did a great job keeping the hitters off balance in these 3 wins. She mixed her pitches well and our catcher, Jill Boltz, called great games. We will use the momentum from these wins to have a strong playoff game on Saturday!”
#3 – Kevin Halpern, Williamsville North Golf
Won the Section VI Championship, securing the title on a playoff hole.

“Kevin has worked hard over the last year to improve his golf game and his winning the sectional championship displayed that hard work”  - John Burns, Head Coach

#4 – Emily Trotman, Mount St. Mary Softball
Behind a seven strikeout effort helped pitched the Thunder to a 3-1 victory over Mount Mercy.  She also had a  hit and RBI in the victory.

“Emily has served as captain for the last two seasons. She displays the utmost leadership on and off the field. Her tremendous work ethic is her most redeeming quality and she continuously motivates her teammates around her. We are incredibly proud of Emily's performance in this game which was an addition to an already amazing career for MSM softball.” Caroline Cos, Head Coach

#5 – Marissa Conerate, Frontier Lacrosse
Netted a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in the Falcons 10-9 win over Lancaster to preserve a perfect regular season. Frontier finished the season 15-0.

"Marissa is the embodiment of a team player. She plays every position on the field except goalie. During the game versus Lancaster she played attack, midfield, defense, and took several draws! Her work Ethic is beyond reproach. She is the type of individual who always puts the teams needs before her personal gains. She had a breakout game yesterday with three goals in one of the prettiest assist's I've ever seen. I am truly honored to be a part of her life and I am  lucky to have her on my team. Simply put, she is a joy to coach!"  - Tim Myslinski, Head Coach

#6 – Kaitlyn Hart, Mount St. Mary Lacrosse
Scored her 100th career goal, becoming the ninth in Thunder history to accomplish the feat.

“Katie excels in both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. This year alone she has 35 goals as well as 13 assists. Katie is 4th in recorded ground ball stats for the MML with 40 ground balls. Katie also has 48 draw control wins starting at center. Her enthusiasm and aggressiveness in the defensive end has led MSM to have the only shut out in the league." – Mackenzie Berger, Head Coach

#7 – Jacob Licht, Newfane Track and Field
Won the Niagara-Orleans Discuss Championship with a toss of 122-feet 11-inches.

“Jacob is a solid competitor and a great athlete to coach.  He has worked diligently this season in the weight room and on the field to improve his performance in a difficult field event.  Jacob's winning discus throw at All-League was the result of his hard work and dedication to excellence.  As a coach I couldn’t be happier for him.” – Mike Heitzenrater, Head Coach