Niskayuna lacrosse team drops 8-7 decision in showdown

Monday, May 7, 2012
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Sam Sweet’s goal with 13 seconds to play Saturday night gave Duxbury (Mass.) an 8-7 victory over Niskayuna in a battle of national boys’ lacrosse powers.

The Silver Warriors (11-1) had climbed to No. 10 in the ESPN/Fab 50 national poll and the Dragons (13-2), who have 12 Division I recruits, are ranked No. 23.

Sweet goal’s came seconds after the Silver Warriors killed off a penalty. Niskayuna rallied three times in the fourth quarter to tie the score, but each time, the Dragons went back on top.

Sweet, Seamus Connelly and long-stick middie James Burke each had two goals for the Dragons.

Queensbury pumped in seven first-quarter goals and beat LaSalle, 15-10, to extend its winning streak to five games.

Brad Willows had five goals and an assist for the Spartans (11-2), and Jon Countryman had three goals and an assist. Conor Shanahan paced the Cadets (5-8) with three goals and an assist.

Queensbury 7 3 1 4 — 15

LaSalle 1 1 4 4 — 10

Queensbury scoring: Eric Cassidy 1-0, Rob Orban 2-1, Jon Countryman 3-1, Nic Ketter 1-0, Ryan Conway 2-2, Brad Willows 5-1, Kody Kristel 1-1. LaSalle scoring: Brian Schneider 0-3, Dan Marcelle 1-0, Conor Shanahan 3-1, Steve Seitz 1-0, Jake Richards 1-0, Mark Uhlig 1-0, Nathan Degutis 1-0, Alex Daversa-Russo 2-0, Evan Polacinski 0-1.

Goaltenders: Queensbury, Ben Coughlan, 10 saves. LaSalle, Zach Wojtusik, 8 saves; Will McMahon, 5 saves.

No-hitters

Saratoga Central Catholic soph­omore Eric Beer joined Section II’s no-hit group a week ago when he dispatched Canajoharie on 72 pitches in an 18-0 Western Athletic Conference win.

Beer struck out seven and walked three in the second no-hitter by a WAC pitcher this season and the fifth for the Saints since 2009.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Kody Shaw authored the Colonial Council’s second no-hitter this season in a 6-1 win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk before Beer’s gem. Ryan McGrath of Lansingburgh, Ben Geist of Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Scott Combs of Hadley-Luzerne and Greg Scott of Greenwich have also turned in no-hit performances.

Glens Falls hurler Zach Milton, who spun no-hitters in consec­utive starts last season, lost his bid for another when Justin Mallory singled in the seventh inning in Wednesday’s 8-0 win over Hudson Falls.

Luciano to HoF

Hudson Falls coaching great Anthony “Tony” Luciano will be inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in August.

Luciano spent 35 years as a teacher, administrator and coach at Hudson Falls, directing its basketball, track, cross country and football programs in a successful stretch that ended in 1983. His basketball teams went 335-137, won seven Northern Conference titles and reached seven Section II Class B finals over 25 seasons. His track teams compiled 221 dual meet wins and were 15-time Northern Conference champions in 34 years.

Luciano served as the Section II secretary for over 20 years and has been a Section II basketball committee member since 1955. A running standout while at Hudson Falls, Seton Hall and Colgate University, he also chaired several Section II track committees.

Luciano was previously inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Hall of Fame.

The Marine Corps veteran will be among seven NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame inductees Aug. 1 at the organization’s annual banquet in Lake George.

Alumni games

Fort Plain will be putting on a pair of alumni baseball games Saturday at Phillips Field. Games will be held at 10 a.m. for players who graduated through 1999 and at 1 p.m. for those who graduated between 2000-11. A ceremony honoring the school’s 1981 and 1987 Section II championship teams will be part of the festivities. Contact Bryan Cronkhite (cronkhite36@yahoo.-com).

The Troy-Columbia Flying Devils will hold their second annual alumni hockey game Saturday at 5:30 at Knickerbacker Ice Arena in Troy. Contact Don Ferlazzo (937-3363 or donferlazzo@yahoo.-com).

 

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