Jenn Primeau’s secret is out.
Teammate Allie Pfohl said Primeau is by far the fastest girl on the Niskayuna roster, but it was Pfohl who flustered Yorktown with lightning bursts through the defense on Wednesday as the Silver Warriors held on for a 13-12 Class B regional victory at the University at Albany.
The scoresheet shows Primeau with one assist, but in reality, she had two more, one for each of Pfohl’s feet.
“This morning, I forgot my socks,” Pfohl said. “I dropped them. They could possibly be in the driveway. She lent me her socks, so I knew I was going to be fast today.”
Niskayuna and Guilderland each used the word “revenge” after winning. The Silver Warriors lost to Yorktown in this game last year, and Guilderland lost to Lakeland/Panas in the Class A regionals, but on Wednesday, the Lady Dutch shut down the Rebels, 13-4. Albany Academy for Girls lost in the C
regional, 19-6, to Nanuet.
The Silver Warriors (14-5) and Lady Dutch (21-0) will play in the quarterfinals at Dietz Stadium in Kingston on Sunday.
Pfohl finished with five goals and two assists, including three scores in the final 11 minutes to answer a Yorktown goal each time.
She attacked the middle as the Huskers were slow to slide on defense and made it 11-8, got a step on the defense again to make it
12-9, then scored what proved to be the winning goal with a low left-handed shot to make it 13-10, again penetrating the middle.
Yorktown got within 13-12 when Brittney Mabus scored with 1:53 to play, but the Silver Warriors didn’t panic.
“No, I wasn’t nervous. You know why? Because we’ve been in this situation before,” Niskayuna head coach Peter Melito said. “We lost two close games versus Shaker during the season, so our girls were prepared for that situation. Those two losses helped us win today.”
“Once we hit 9 to 11, us with 11, we knew we had it in the bag,” Pfohl said. “We were ready, we were on and it got a little close at the end. We were a little bit nervous, but we held it strong and ended up holding them.”
Primeau scored two goals in the first half as Niskayuna took a 7-5 lead, and the Silver Warriors extended it to 9-5 in the first 6:48 of the second half.
Yorktown answered with two goals, and the teams traded scores the rest of the way until the Huskers went back-to-back to get within 13-12.
Jamie Morrison scored five goals for the Huskers, but Niskayuna kept them on their heels most of the game with aggressive footwork.
“Allie’s speed was phenomenal,” Melito said. “They started out pressing us on defense, and they weren’t as quick as our attack players were, so we really exploited their defensive slowness.”
“It was an all-around hustle by the team, though,” Pfohl said. “I took a couple of fast sprints, I know some of our defenders took a couple of great sprints up, all of our midfield was hustling.”
Guilderland took charge of its game by using ball control to hold Lakeland/Panas scoreless from midway through the first half until midway through the second half.
By then, the Lady Dutch had scored nine straight, including three by Courtney Davis and two by Jen Madsen, to take an 11-2 lead.
Davis shook off a quiet statistical game in the Section II championship win over Shaker to get back on track offensively against Lakeland/Panas, and she had the goal of the game when she slammed into Rebels goalie Alex Fitzpatrick and somehow found the ball and got it on net to make it 10-2 9:48 into the second half.
“I don’t even know what happened,” Davis said. “I could not tell you. I got decked by the goalie, and the next thing I knew, the ball was in my stick, and … over the back, over the shoulder, under? I don’t know. It was in the goal.”
After getting beat by Lakeland/Panas twice last year, Guilderland won both games against the Rebels this year.
“It was definitely for some
revenge,” junior midfielder Bridget Daley said. “We weren’t just going to settle for getting this far. We want to go all the way to state.”
“Last year, when we came into this game, we were kind of just glad to be here,” Guilderland head coach Gary Chatnik said. “This year, we had higher expectations. They didn’t play nervous, they played determined.”
K.C Jentzen scored six goals for Nanuet, which was bigger and faster than Albany Academy.
The bright spot for Academy was sophomore Caroline Gersuk, who scored four of Academy’s six goals.
“They were faceguarding her,” coach Greg Giombetti said. “She’s only a sophomore, and I’m looking for amazing things from her in the future.”
GUILDERLAND 13, LAKELAND/PANAS 4
Lakeleand/Panas 2 2 — 4
Guilderland 8 5 — 13
Lakeland/Panas scoring: Chelsea Robinson 2-1, Jessica Curran 1-0, Caitlin Collins 1-0, Megan Bozek 0-1. Guilderland scoring: Bridget Daley 1-0, Courtney Davis 3-0, Kristin Cagino 1-0, Amanda Best 1-1, Chelsey Newman 2-2, Jen Madsen 3-1, Abbey Fashouer 1-0, Danielle Tetreault 1-2.
Goalkeepers: Lakeland/Panas, Alex Fitzpatrick, 10 saves. Guilderland, Amanda Santandrea, 5 saves.
NISKAYUNA 13, YORKTOWN 12
Yorktown 5 7 — 12
Niskayuna 7 6 — 13
Yorktown scoring: Lindsay Scott 0-1, Brianna Concialdi 1-0, Kaitlyn Connell 1-1, Patricia Kaishian 1-0, Jamie Morrison 5-2, Brittany Passarelli 2-0, Amanda Trendell 1-0, Brittney Mabus 1-0. Niskayuna scoring: Allie Pfohl 5-2, Carly Richards 2-0, Marie Mutryn 1-0, Beth Halayko 1-0, Shannon Pfohl 1-0, Leanna Pace 1-0, Jenn Primeau 2-1.
Goalkeepers: Yorktown, Lauren Hayes, 8 saves. Niskayuna, Karlee Blank, 12 saves.
ALBANY ACADEMY FOR GIRLS 6
Nanuet 12 7 — 19
AA for Girls 5 1 — 6
Nanuet scoring: Hannah Frey 4-1, Lisa Hattori 1-0, Sophia Patrikis 1-0, Courtney McGrath 2-0, Lauren Kahn 2-2, K.C. Jentzen 6-0, Kelly Fanshawe 3-6. Albany Academy for Girls scoring: Kathleen Tucker 0-1, Caroline Gersuk 4-1, Lauren Kopp 1-0, Nicole Borisenok 1-1.
Goalkeepers: Nanuet, Brianna Straut, 9 saves. Albany Academy for Girls, Alexis Deeb, 12 saves.
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