The Schenectady girls’ lacrosse team has several very good players. Apparently, they’re good listeners, too.
“I told them we’ll lose as 15 individuals, but we’ll win as a team,” Schenectady coach Brian Melanson said after his Patriots used a second-half push Wednesday to beat South Glens Falls, 13-6, for their second straight win. “Collectively, they came together.”
Sara Bonacquist scored five goals in a 6-1 second-half surge that broke a tie, and fellow junior Taylor DeThorne piled up 20 saves at the other end in a Capital District Women’s Lacrosse League game matching youthful teams.
Marissa Drake and Sabrina Kristel were solid in the victory, as well, with Drake producing three goals and Kristel collecting two goals and two assists. Lauren Leeson topped the Bulldogs with four goals.
“We were really sloppy in the first half, and we cleaned it up,” said Bonacquist. “We were determined to pass and catch, and things started to open up. We just started coming together.”
And after playing well and keeping it close for more than a half, South Glens Falls began to come apart. After Tara Mandy tied the contest at 4-4 with 23:40 left in the second period, Schenectady went on its game-changing run to open a 10-5 advantage.
“In the first half, we were right there,” said South Glens Falls coach Dawn DeLisle, whose Bulldogs lost their fifth straight game. “Our
being a young team, and the nerves, things started to change a little bit.”
Momentum swung toward Schenectady when Bonacquist scored twice in a 48-second span to make it 6-4 with 20:20 left.
“We’ve talked a lot about strengths and weaknesses this year. We’re trying to play to our strengths,” Melanson said. “Sara is a good shooter, and she runs well. We’re trying to use her in that way.”
After Leeson countered for South Glens Falls to make it 6-5, Bonacquist notched three more goals in a span of less than three minutes and Drake fired in another with 13:36 to play.
“We had a slow first half and picked it up,” said Melanson. “We scored 10 goals in the second half. We’ve got a strong offense. We just didn’t show it early on.”
Bonacquist showed plenty, just as she had in Schenectady’s 12-5 win over Cohoes and in a 13-12 loss to Glens Falls. The standout midfielder finished with six goals and two assists Wednesday, boosting her early-season totals to 15 goals and five assists.
“She was all over the place, and we had a hard time staying with her,” DeLisle said of Bonacquist, who, as a sophomore, was selected a CDWLL first-team all-star. “She’s fast, and she has a nice stick and a nice shot.”
“She’s probably my favorite offensive player to watch,” said DeThorne. “She knows the game. She knows how to go in between people and shoot over people.”
Shooting wasn’t a problem for South Glens Falls, but getting the ball past DeThorne was. Of DeThorne’s 20 saves, several were superb.
“Our major thing is shooting. We had tons of shots [35 of them]. We were down there a lot, we were in position, and we didn’t finish them,” DeLisle said. “We need to improve, and I believe we will. We’ll be doing a lot of shooting in practice tomorrow.”
South Glens Falls 3 3 — 6
Schenectady 3 10 — 13
South Glens Falls scoring: Brittney Ciofo 1-1, Lauren Leeson 4-0, Tara Mandy 1-3, Lisa Paska 0-2. Schenectady scoring: Sara Bonacquist 6-2, Katrina Pisarski 0-1, Brooke Comley 1-0, Meghan Devlin 1-1, Marissa Drake 3-0, Sabrina Kristel 2-2.
Goalkeepers: South Glens Falls, Nicole Leroux, 15 saves. Schenectady, Taylor DeThorne, 20 saves.
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