Lady Dutch surge past Blue Bison

The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team displayed no signs of frustration or fluster when it let a thre
------Kristen Cagino of Guilerland, left, and S. Kim of Shaker chase a loose ball in first half girls’ lacrosse action Wednesday at Shaker.
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------Kristen Cagino of Guilerland, left, and S. Kim of Shaker chase a loose ball in first half girls’ lacrosse action Wednesday at Shaker.

The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team displayed no signs of frustration or fluster when it let a three-goal lead get away in Wednesday’s matchup with fellow Suburban Council heavyweight Shaker.

The Lady Dutch just hunkered down and got busy.

“One of our problems is the slow start, but we’ve been able to come back,” senior attacker Abbey Fashouer said after Guilderland rolled to a 19-7 victory, and kept its quest alive for a perfect regular season. “I guess you could say one is a weakness, and the other is a strength.”

Guilderland (11-0 league, 13-0)

showed off its high-powered

offense in beating Shaker for the fifth time since the beginning of last year, while extending its regular-season winning streak to 23. Guilderland strung together four straight goals to close out the first half after falling behind, 6-5, and the reigning Section II Class A champs rattled off 10 unanswered goals in the second period.

Caroline Rehfuss notched Shaker’s only second-half goal with

5.8 seconds left.

“They just turned it on, and we didn’t react to it,” said Shaker coach Leslie Carroll. “We stayed at the same level when they went to a higher level.”

Two straight goals by Chelsey Newman had Guilderland leading, 5-2, before Shaker answered with four of its own, the last by Lexi Dalcol with 5:03 remaining in the first half.

“The same thing happened against Nanuet [Saturday in an 18-6 win],” said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. “We went up, 3-0, and then we coasted. They came back and tied it, and then we bounced back.”

Newman began Guilderland’s comeback against Shaker (9-2,

9-3), tying the game at 6-6 with 3:34 to go, and Amanda Best followed with the go-ahead tally at the 2:23 mark. Bridget Daley and Courtney Davis delivered soon after to make it 9-6 at the half.

“I was thinking before the game that it would be nice to get tested, and we were. Shaker had a really

nice run there,” said Chatnik, whose young Lady Dutch also beat the Blue Bison on April 9, 13-5, and in last year’s sectional final, 9-7. “When we got behind, my girls just went after it. We didn’t need to call a timeout. We just fixed it.”

“We needed to work together, get our transition going and possess the ball,” said the Delaware-bound Fashouer, who scored three of her four goals in Guilderland’s second-half run. “We started winning some draws, and started doing those things.”

Six different Guilderland players accounted for the 10 second-half goals. Newman started the spree, Fashouer and Best connected 18 seconds apart during one segment, and when Fashouer scored at the 11:32 mark for a 17-6 lead, the state’s No. 5-ranked team had surpassed its season goals-per-game average (16.4).

“Everyone on our team scores,” said Fashouer, one of three seniors on the Guilderland roster. “Everyone contributes so much. That’s a huge, huge part of our game.”

Newman generated five goals, including a tally on Guilderland’s first possession, and Davis totaled four goals. First-year sophomore starter Amanda Santandrea made 12 saves between the Guilderland pipes, including several impressive stops on low drives.

“She’s turning into a great player,” Fashouer said of Santandrea, who hasn’t allowed double-digit goals any game this year. “She worked so hard to get where she is, and she’s making the big saves we need.”

“That’s three excellent games in a row that she’s played,” said Chatnik. “Our whole defense has been playing well. They’re unsung, but they’re pretty good back there.”

Duke-bound Kat Thomas scored three goals for Shaker.

“We’ve got to put two halves together to make it a game,” said Carroll. “That’s something we’ve got to work on. We’ve got work to do.”

“We’re all very supportive of each other, and I think that’s reflected on the field,” said Fashouer. “We have a tight bond. We have a lot of pasta parties.”

Guilderland has remaining league games against Averill Park, Sar­atoga Springs, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Shenendehowa. It has already beaten Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa by a combined score of 35-14.

Guilderland 9 10 — 19

Shaker 6   1 —  7

Guilderland scoring: Chelsey Newman 5-1, Abbey Fashouer 4-1, Danielle Tetreault 2-1, Amanda Best 2-1, Bridget Daley 2-0, Courtney Davis 4-2, Jen Madsen 0-2. Shaker scoring: Adrianne Devine 1-1, Kat Thomas 3-1, Kate Wasserbach 1-0, Lexi Dalcol 1-0, Caroline Rehfuss 1-0.

Goalkeepers: Guilderland, Amanda Santandrea, 12 saves. Shaker, Claire Littlefield, 7 saves.

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