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Messere breaks national wins record

West Genny fights off Oswego to reach no. 748

West Genesee boys lacrosse captains Matt Schattner (8) and Tim Barber (20) present head coach Mike Messere with a traditional Native American lacrosse stick in honor of Messere breaking the all-time national record for wins by a high school lacrosse coach. The Wildcats' 8-5 victory over Oswego gave Messere 748 career wins, a number noted on the scoreboard at Wildcat Stadium.

West Genesee boys lacrosse captains Matt Schattner (8) and Tim Barber (20) present head coach Mike Messere with a traditional Native American lacrosse stick in honor of Messere breaking the all-time national record for wins by a high school lacrosse coach. The Wildcats' 8-5 victory over Oswego gave Messere 748 career wins, a number noted on the scoreboard at Wildcat Stadium. Dana Northrop

— With 5:38 left in the third period, Ryan St. Croix sent in a blistering shot from 15 yards out to break the tie. Schattner then extended the lead to 5-3 three minutes later with a bounce shot from 10 yards away.

West Genesee tacked on two more goals in the fourth and goalie Scott Sidnam, who finished with 13 saves, shut out Oswego the rest of the way.

A big smile never seemed to leave Messere’s face as he spoke with media and took part in the postgame ceremonies.

And although he gave all the credit to both his present and past players, they were quick to return the favor. After all, they knew Messere wouldn’t act any differently.

“He’s always like that,” Schattner said. “He’s always been one to put it on the players. He puts everyone else ahead of himself. Even when he received his award, he said, ‘This is the players that did it. It’s not me.’”

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