Warriors show heart in 5-3 lacrosse win

The Nisk­ayuna lacrosse team didn’t have the ball a whole lot in Tuesday’s game at Shenendehowa. Jus
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The Nisk­ayuna lacrosse team didn’t have the ball a whole lot in Tuesday’s game at Shenendehowa. Just long enough to rally for another tight Suburban Council win.

Jared Franze tied the contest in the third quarter, and produced the game-winner 50 seconds into the fourth as and Silver Warriors edged the Plainsmen, 5-3, and remained unbeaten.

With its patient style of offense, Shenendehowa dominated in possession time through the first three quarters, and finished with a 33-21 advantage in shots against the three-time defending Section II Class A champions.

“Our guys need to play four quarters of lacrosse. If we don’t, somewhere along the line, we’re going to get stung,” Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang said. “There are some teams in the area that are doing a good job.”

Shenendehowa is one of them, yet the Plainsmen could not make good on their many opportunities, including several point-blank shots in the first half, when they built a 3-2 lead.

“I think we outhustled them in the first half and a little in the third quarter,” said first-year Shenendehowa coach Chuck Holohan. “Our athletes came out and were not intimidated by the Niskayuna mystique. I just wish we could have finished some of those shots.”

Franze finished his, after hitting the pipe with a blast early on, and James Manchester and the Nisk­ayuna defense played shutout ball in the second half to boost the state’s No. 10-ranked team to 7-0 in the league and 9-0 overall. Niskayuna has won five of its league games by three goals or less, including a 5-4 decision last week over rival Guilderland, and a 7-6 triumph over Shaker before that.

“We had a lot of close games last year, too. Coach said we had trouble winning them,” said Franze, a junior midfielder who has scored at least two goals in every game this year. “This year, we’ve been able to win them. There’s a lot of heart on this team.”

Franze gave Niskayuna its first lead at 4-3 with 11:10 left in the fourth when his outside drive sailed past Shenendehowa netminder Bob Wardwell. Massachusetts-bound Steve D’Amario added another goal at the 6:03 mark, and like Franze’s, it was unassisted.

“I shot it over the defender’s shoulder,” Franze said of his team-leading 23rd goal. “I think it might have bounced into the bottom left corner, but I didn’t have a real good look at it. All I know is it went in. That’s all I care about.”

“He’s a scorer,” Vorgang said of Franze, a reserve on last year’s

17-4 team. “We expect scoring from him. That’s his job.”

Manchester did his job well, making nine first-half saves and 12 in all. With support from his defensive mates, the junior goalkeeper shut out Shenendehowa (5-2, 6-4) over the final 29:51, after Jesse Elliot had given the Plainsmen a 3-2, second-quarter lead .

“I thought James Manchester was the story of the game. He had a real good game,” Vorgang said. “Shenendehowa put some good pressure on early, and he made a couple of big stops. That energized the sideline. Those guys were saying, ‘He’s doing his job, now we’ve got to do ours.’ ”

Shenendehowa got the jump, though, getting a goal from John Olsen with 19 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Zach Frohne scored 11 seconds later for Niskayuna.

“When they scored their first goal, and we went right down and scored, that was big,” Vorgang said. “They [Shenendehowa] worked so long to get that goal, and I think that took a little something out of their sails. It was an important goal for us.”

Shenendehowa, though, showed its resolve, and continued to win most of the one-on-one battles that led to possession and scoring chances. Brendon Dion and Elliot cashed in in the second quarter, sandwiching goals around a Dan McKinney tally.

“Their faceoff guy did a great job and they did a great job on the ground balls,” Franze said. “They made it tough for us to get the ball.”

“They possessed the ball well,” Vorgang said. “I thought their staff put together a good game plan. If you don’t have the ball, you’re not going to score.”

Momentum began to shift toward Niskayuna in the third quarter, and the Silver Warriors tied the game with 4:14 left on Franze’s first goal, assisted by McKinney.

Freshman goalkeeper Bob Wardwell made 14 saves for the Plainsmen.

streaks win in ot

Chris Adams scored with eight seconds left in the second overtime, lifting Saratoga Springs (3-4, 5-4) to a 7-6 Suburban Council win at Shaker.

Adams generated five goals, while Luke Walsh led the Blue Bison

(1-6, 2-8) with a pair of goals.

Mike Boisvert scored four goals and assisted on another, and Ballston Spa went on a key mid-game run to turn back Bethlehem, 15-9. Kyle Warmt had three goals for the Scotties, and Jordan Duffy collected two goals and three assists. Dylan Eder had a hat trick for the Eagles.

Casey Balzer produced three goals and assisted on three, and Miles Kerbein worked for four goals and an assist in Columbia’s 16-2 Suburban Council win at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Dan Sipperly clicked for four goals and five assists, and fellow attacker Andrew Vivian had two goals and seven assists as Big 10 leader Christian Brothers Academy (4-0, 7-3) eased past Amsterdam, 18-0.

Schenectady (3-1, 7-2) stayed within striking distance of CBA with a 16-9 victory at Troy. Aaron Lupo had four goals and two assists for the Patriots, and Sam Hartz pumped in three goals.

Jeremiah Ellement notched five goals, and Queensbury (6-0, 7-0) remained perfect with a 10-6 Foothills Council win over Glens Falls. Spencer Morgan paced the Indians with two goals and an assist.

Scotia-Glenville (5-1, 6-3) beat South Glens Falls, 6-3, and stayed a game behind Queensbury. Jason Restina and Kevin Wentworth scored two goals apiece for the Tartans, who dealt Glens Falls its first loss last week.

Johnstown got four goals and two assists out of Steve Gifford in an 18-3 Foothills Council rout of Greenwich.

girls

Kathleen Calabro rang up six goals, and Claire O’Brien contributed four goals and two assists to propel Shenendehowa over Col­onie, 17-6, in the Suburban Council. Lexi Brannigan had two goals for the Garnet Raiders.

In other Suburban Council games, Niskayuna beat Columbia, 16-5; once-beaten Shaker roughed up Ballston Spa, 18-0; and Beth­lehem topped Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 16-4.

Leanna Pace, Jennifer Primeau and Carly Richards combined for nine goals and five assists to spark Niskayuna. Caroline Rehfuss had a goal and five assists for Shaker, which also got three goals and an assist from both Lexi Dalcol and Bridget Malicki. Meg O’Donnell and Steph Sica both had two goals and an assist for Bethlehem.

BOYS

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

Niskayuna 1 1 1 2 — 5

Shenendehowa 1 2 0 0 — 3

Niskayuna scoring: Zach Frohne 1-0, Dan McKinney 1-1, Steve D’Amario 1-1, Jared Franze 2-0. Shenendehowa soring: John Olsen 1-2, Brendon Dion 1-0, Jesse Elliot 1-0, Sean Sullivan 0-1.

Goalkeepers: Niskayuna, James Manchester, 12 saves. Shenendehowa, Bob Wardell, 14 saves.

BALLSTON SPA 15, BETHLEHEM 8

Ballston Spa 3 5 5 2 — 15

Bethlehem 2 2 4 0 —  8

Ballston Spa scoring: Mike Boisvert 4-1, Greg Dunlavey 2-0, Troy Garguilo 1-2, Jeff Seager 1-4, Jordan Duffy 2-3, Kyle Warmt 3-0, Cory Nowak 2-1. Bethlehem scoring: James Christensen 1-0, Andy Bettinger 1-0, Steve Russo 0-1, Matt DeFrancisco 2-1, Dylan Eder 3-0, Chris Riccio 1-0, Taylor Bastow 0-1, Erik Hill 0-1.

Goalkeepers: Ballston Spa, Cam Staulters, 10 saves. Bethlehem, Theo Ferguson, 11 saves; Ed Reilly, 2 saves.

COLUMBIA 16, BURNT HILLS 2

Columbia 3 5 6 2 — 16

Burnt Hills 0 1 0 1 —  2

Columbia scoring: Chris Gavitt 1-0, Rob Law 1-3, Miles Kerbein 4-1, Brett Sarubbi 1-3, Casey Balzer 3-2, Tim Lockrow 3-1, Shaun Heller 1-1, Kyle Breen 1-0, Jon Gavitt 1-0. Burnt Hills scoring: Mike Eddy 1-0, Ian Schwan 0-1, Connor Hadcock 1-0, Jason Kritz 0-1.

Goalkeepers: Columbia, Jesse Hutchins, 6 saves. Burnt Hills, Connor Nash, 14 saves.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 7 SHAKER 6 (0T)

Saratoga Springs 2 2 1 1 0 1 — 7

Shaker 0 1 2 3 0 0 — 6

Saratoga scoring: Chris Adams 5-0, Dylan Nizolek 1-2, Nico Cortese 0-1. Shaker scoring: Nick Smith 1-0, Sam Cuddeback 1-0, Joe Shields 1-0, Luke Walsh 2-0, Mike Battaglia 1-0, Doug Swezey 0-1, Christian Weycamp 0-1.

Goalkeepers: Saratoga, Ian O’Brien, 22 saves. Shaker, Brian Ashline, 10 saves.

BIG 10

CBA 18, AMSTERDAM 0

Amsterdam  0 0 0 0 —  0

CBA 10 5 2 1 — 18

CBA scoring: Jon Bourne 1-0, Rob Carpenter 3-1, Will Cassins 1-0, Shane McMahon 2-0, Gregg Medici 0-1, Conor Murphy 1-0, Carter Sherman 3-1, Jordan Sherman 1-0, Dan Sipperly 4-5, Andrew Vivian 2-7.

Goalkeepers: Amsterdam, unavailable. CBA, Shane Hans, 7 saves.

SCHENECTADY 16, TROY 9

Schenectady 5 3 4 4 — 16

Troy 3 2 1 3 —  9

Schenectady scoring: Nick Barone 2-0, Johnny Best 2-0, Tim Cox 1-0, Sam Hartz 3-0, Brian Janiszewski 1-1, Britton Leone 2-1, Aaron Lupo 4-2, Ozias Murphy 1-0. Troy scoring: Bennett 1-0, Boland 1-1, Byrnes 1-0, Carley 3-0, Halleran 1-1, LeClair 1-1, Plekkan 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Schenectady, Dan Desbiens, 10 saves; Brett Torelli, 6 saves. Troy, Fountain, 10 saves.

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

QUEENSBURY 10, GLENS FALLS 6

Glens Falls 1 0 3 2 —  6

Queensbury 3 2 4 2 — 10

Glens Falls scoring: Spencer Morgan 2-1, Jeff Diamond 1-0, Phil Canale 1-3, Frank Murone 2-0. Queensbury scoring: A.J. Grundler 1-0, Matt Soprano 1-1, Jeremiah Ellement 5-0, Jeff Hummell 1-0, Ryan Wilson 2-1, Joel Bethel 0-1, Liam Forcier 0-2, Chris Gravely 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Glens Falls, Matt Besaw, 13 saves. Queensbury, Bethel, 11 saves.

SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 6,

SOUTH GLENS FALLS 3

Scotia-Glenville 3 1 1 1 — 6

So. Glens Falls 0 1 0 2 — 3

Scotia-Glenville scoring: Keegan Bailey 1-0, Eric Landry 0-1, Luke Perry 0-1, Jason Restina 2-0, Matt Strenk 1-0, Kevin Wentworth 2-0, Jon Zabin 0-1. South Glens Falls scoring: Adam Barber 1-0, Andrew Leege 0-2, Mark Leeson 2-1.

Goalkeepers: Scotia-Glenville, Joe Coons, 10 saves. South Glens Falls, Scott Morgan, 17 saves.

JOHNSTOWN 18, GREENWICH 3

Greenwich 1 0 0 2 —  3

Johnstown 7 6 4 1 — 18

Greenwich scoring: Conor Davis 1-0, Brady LeBarron 1-0, Ryan McFee 1-0. Johnstown scoring: John Roth 2-0, Kevin Hunt 3-0, Phil Satterlee 3-2, David Sagan 4-1, Steve Gifford 4-2, Tom Carville 1-0, Damian Beman 1-1.

Goalkeepers: Greenwich, Ben Barber, 23 saves. Johnstown, Ethan Tinker, 5 saves; Scott Ford, 4 saves.

NON-LEAGUE

LASALLE 5, ALBANY ACADEMY 3

LaSalle 0 0 2 3 — 5

Albany Academy 2 0 1 0 — 3

LaSalle scoring: Austin Behrmann 1-1, Louis DiNovo 1-0, Dave Nicol 1-0, Dan Sacks 1-0, Marquis Terrell 1-0. Albany Academy scoring: Joe O’Connor 1-1, Zach Popp 2-0, Kyle Schmitz 0-1.

Goalkeepers: LaSalle, Niall Cahill, 8 saves. Albany Academy, Shane Hutchins, 16 saves.

GIRLS

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

NISKAYUNA 16, COLUMBIA 5

Niskayuna 9 7 — 16

Columbia 3 2 —  5

Niskayuna scoring: Taylor Carlson 1-0, Beth Halayko 1-0, Marie Mutryn 2-2, Leanna Pace 4-1, Allison Pfohl 2-0, Laura Plis 1-0, Jennifer Primeau 3-1, Carly Richards 2-3. Columbia scoring: Rachel Burek 0-2, Beth Evans 1-0, Laura Hannmann 2-0, Megan Mastin 0-1, Lucy Tremblay 2-2.

Goalkeepers: Niskayuna, Karlee Blank, 19 saves. Columbia, Cori DeFruscio, 6 saves.

SHENENDEHOWA 17, COLONIE 6

Shenendehowa 7 10 — 17

Colonie 4  2 —  6

Shenendehowa scoring: Katleen Calabro 6-0, Laura Connor 1-1, Alyssa Hurd 2-0, Ashley Mossey 1-0, Jamie Norris 0-1, Claire O’Brien 4-2, Molly Popolizio 1-0, Meghan Slovic 2-0. Colonie scoring: Lexi Brannigan 2-0, Laura Kirker 1-0, Laureen Kross 1-0, Kyle Plante 1-0, Rachel Scofield 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Shenendehowa, Kim Elsworth, 14 saves; Lauren Marois, 3 saves. Colonie, MacKenzie Malone, 6 saves.

BETHLEHEM 16, BURNT HILLS 4

Bethlehem 10 6 — 16

Burnt Hills  3 1 —  4

Bethlehem scoring: Meghan O’Donnell 4-1, Steph Sica 4-1, Shirah Fudin 2-0, Cameron Caesar 2-0, Allie Phelan 1-0, Kaitlin Martin 1-0, Kristina Maksuti 1-0, Anna Kolbay 1-0. Burnt Hills scoring: Julia Lauria 2-0, Paige LaBrie 1-0, Aubrey MacIntosh 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Bethlehem, Megan Ladouceur, 3 saves. Burnt Hills, Kelsey MacDonald, 6 saves; Lian Connor, 3 saves.

SHAKER 18, BALLSTON SPA 0

Shaker 13 5 — 18

Ballston Spa  0 0 —  0

Shaker scoring: Lexi Dalcol 3-1, Kate Wasserbach 1-1, Laura Barlow 1-1, Kat Thomas 3-0, Morgan Quay 1-0, Jillian Hart 1-0, Eden Alaxanian 2-0, Caroline Rehfuss 1-5, Morgan Berry 0-1, Lindsay Downey 1-0, Sarah Nicol 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Shaker, Julia DeBernardo, 1 save; Claire Littlefield, 6 saves. Ballston Spa, Christina Marra, 6 saves; Ginelle Butler, 4 saves.

Baseball

TARTANS top spartans

Brian Cremo laced a two-run single to tie the game in the seventh, and Scotia-Glenville added two runs in the eighth on passed balls to beat Queensbury, 6-4, in the Foothills Council.

Scotia’s winning rally included an unusual five strikeouts by Queensbury pitchers, two resulting in passed balls on the third strike that allowed the batter to reach and runs to score.

In addition to Cremo, Elliott Gordon hit three singles for the Tartans to back the complete-game,

12-strikeout effort of Dakota Aker.

Fonda-Fultonville put up nine runs in the first inning and cruised to a 12-0 win over Berne-Knox-Westerlo in the Western Athletic Conference.

Josh Nethaway led the Braves with three runs batted in. Tylor Hughes had two singles and a

triple, and also drove in a run for the Braves, 7-1 in the league and

8-2 overall.

Brandon Guay singled twice for the Bulldogs (4-6, 4-9).

Duanesburg used a five-run first inning to beat Schoharie, 7-1, in another WAC game.

Ben Lynch knocked in two runs for the 6-3 Eagles, who had four pitchers combine on a one-hitter. a single by Zac Hurn.

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 6, QUEENSBURY 4 (8)

Scotia 001 000 32 — 6 8 1

Queensbury 100 030 00 — 4 8 1

Aker and Myers; Agans, Clear (7), Vaughan (8) and Clear, Agans (7), Clear (8).

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

FONDA-FULTONVILLE 12,

BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO 0

Fonda 910 200 0 — 12 16 0

BKW 000 000 0 —   0  5 7

Kaczor, Sheehan (6), J.Nethaway (7) and J.Nethaway, L.Nethaway (7); Skinner, Mulson (1), Mann (5) and Springer.

DUANESBURG 7, SCHOHARIE 1

Schoharie 000 100 0 — 1 1 2

Duanesburg 511 000 x — 7 7 3

Liddle, Davis (5) and Benninati; McMullen, Brasmeister (5), Triani (6), Ferri (7) and Kennedy.

ADIRONDACK LEAGUE

LAKE GEORGE 7, HARTFORD 2

Hartford 000 002 0 — 2 2 1

Lake George 015 001 x — 7 8 2

Somich and Grogan; Gaibrois and Nelson.

Softball

scotties get win

Christine Staulters and Liz Hackett both had two singles, and Ballston Spa beat Mohonasen, 4-3, in eight innings for its first Suburban Council win of the season.

The Scotties broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth, and held on as the Mighty Warriors answered with a pair of runs.

Dana Lashin had a pair of doubles for Mohonasen.

Jenna Servidone struck out 10 in 62⁄3 innings, and Dana Rizzo got the final out as Columbia edged Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 2-1.

Shannon Dougherty led the offense for the Blue Devils, now 4-1 in the SC and 8-1 overall, with an RBI double in a two-run Columbia second inning.

Arden Sack singled twice for the Spartans.

Shannon Riedy tossed a one-hitter, struck out nine and had two hits and two RBI at the plate as Schen­ectady blanked Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, 15-0, in the Big 10.

Leah VanBuren homered, and Jacqueline Adams had three singles, driving in two runs, as the Patriots squared their league record at

2-2.

Stephanie Holt and Anna Lees had two-run singles in a seven-run fifth inning as Duanesburg rallied for a 10-7 win ovee Schoharie in the Western Athletic League.

Adriaenna Diamond hit a two-run homer, and drove in three runs, in addition to holding the Eagles in check as the Indians took a 7-1 lead.

Lees finished 4-for-4 for Duanesburg, 8-0 in the WAC and 10-1 overall.

Angela Ventura drove home lanna Verderber with the winning run in the home seventh as Sharon Springs took Middleburgh, 6-5, in the WAC. Winning pitcher Kali Christman drove in three runs for the Spartans.

Katelyn McKeever scored three runs, and Mechanicville used a three-run seventh inning to put away Cobleskill-Richmondville,

5-1, in the Colonial Council.

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

BALLSTON SPA 4, MOHONASEN 3 (8)

Ballston Spa 100 000 03 — 4 11 0

Mohonasen 100 000 02 — 3  9 3

Crozier, Allen (7) and Staulters; Mattice and Jackson.

COLUMBIA 2,

BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE 1

Columbia 020 000 0 — 2 7 1

BH-BL 000 010 0 — 1 6 1

Servidone, Rizzo (7) and Dougherty; Filak and Merchant.

BIG 10

SCHENECTADY 15,

NOTRE DAME-BISHOP GIBBONS 0

ND-BG 000 00 —  0  1 3

Schenectady 541 23 — 15 13 0

Bouchard and Cerutti; Riedy and VanBuren.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

DUANESBURG 10, SCHOHARIE 7

Schoharie 012 400 0 —   7 4 4

Duanesburg 010 072 x — 10 8 4

Diamond and Hext; Hochmuth and Hennel.

SHARON SPRINGS 6, MIDDLEBURGH 5

Middleburgh 010 210 1 — 5 5 1

Sharon Springs 000 230 1 — 6 7 2

Upton and VanKuren; Christman and Lockenwitz.

COLONIAL COUNCIL

MECHANICVILLE 5,

COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE 1

Mechanicville 100 010 3 — 5 5 4

Coble.-Rich. 100 000 0 — 1 4 7

Cerkowski, Arcenwaux (1) and Cervini; Harrison and Palmatier.

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