Guiderland, Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse teams ousted

Guiderland, Niskayuna girls' lacrosse teams eliminated in state semifinals.
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Guilderland scored two quick goals midway through the second half to cut its deficit to 12-6, prompting the Lady Dutch fans to chant, “Not done yet! Not done yet!”

Farmingdale made sure that the game was, in fact, done. Still, the chant could prove to be prophetic.

The Lady Dutch (22-1) lost to the Dalers (16-2), 16-10, in the Class A state semifinal at SUNY Cortland on Friday afternoon, ending this season, but raising expectations for a team that will have almost all of its players back next year.

That’s next year, though. On Friday, the post-game emotion was raw because the Lady Dutch believed they had a good shot at a state championship this year.

“I’m kind of speechless at the end of it all,” junior Bridget Daley said, with a cracking voice and streaks of eyeblack on her cheeks. “[Next year], unstoppable. But the feeling right now, you just don’t ever want to feel that.”

The season also ended for Niskayuna (15-6), which couldn’t keep up with the fast-paced transition game of Garden City (20-1) and lost, 17-4. The Trojans are the ninth-ranked team in the country by Laxpower.com and the two-time defending Class B state champ.

Guilderland weathered a four-minute possession by Farmingdale at the start of the game, thanks to sophomore goalie Amanda Santandrea, who made several sparkling saves.

Then the Lady Dutch put two on the scoreboard, only to suffer a

6-0 run by the Dalers that included three goals by Johns Hopkins-bound senior Candice Rossi, who finished with six.

After over 18 minutes without a goal, Danielle Tetreault finally put the Lady Dutch in the scoring column with a rocket from the left side off a sharp feed from Daley, who started the break by sprinting to retrieve a loose ball in the defensive end, and continuing her run all the way to the crease.

That, and halftime, made for a temporary respite.

The 5-foot-10 Rossi, who used a deft one-handed maneuver to outreach Chelsey Newman for high balls off the draw, got the first ball of the second half, weaved her way to the net and scored, then came right back with another goal to make it 8-3, cutting diagonally to the right in front of Santandrea and ripping the ball back inside the left post with less than two minutes gone.

“No. 5 [Rossi] had height, and she was snagging those draws,” Tetreault said. “Being tall is a key to lacrosse, but you can be short and speedy or tall and grab balls. It goes both ways.

“Our defense played tough, but that swing of the goals is hard in any game. You get momentum, then it goes back the other way, and it’s hard to get back into it. We fought until the end, but it’s hard to catch up.”

“It was 6-3 at half, and we were OK with that,” Guilderland head coach Gary Chatnik said. “And we scored a lot of goals, but those two hurt. We had a couple runs, but not enough.”

Daley scored off a rebound

after Farmingdale goalie Lauren Maxsym stoned Abbey Fashouer and Amanda Best, but the Dalers scored the next four to take a 12-4 lead with 11:13 left.

The teams swapped pairs of goals the rest of the way, Guilderland clawing back within 12-6 and 14-8 with 7:10 left. Farmingdale never let it get away.

“We had a lot of good moments; we didn’t have enough of them

today,” Chatnik said.

Garden City, the two-time defending state champion, went full speed ahead into the Class B final against Brighton, which beat Carthage, 10-6. The Trojans displayed a nearly flawless transition game, beating Niskayuna down the field with crisp passing at a sprint.

North Carolina-bound senior Becky Lynch scored twice in the first six minutes, cutting up the middle to take a pass from 2007 tournament MVP Erin Brennan as Garden City took advantage of a turnover, then scoring on the fast break, which quickly became the theme of the day.

Brittany Wilton scored back-to-back goals over a span of 21 seconds to give Garden City a 6-0 lead with 15:11 left in the first half, the second on a pass from Lynch on the break.

“They were really good in trans­ition, absolutely,” Niskayuna senior Carly Richards said. “Their passing, assisting was . . . perfect. And our defense is outstanding, too, but, I don’t know, their passing was just great.”

“We expected them to come out very hard, and we just tried to match it,” Lynch said. “Ideally, once we get our groove going, it’s really hard to stop our transition.

“I don’t think there’s one person on our team, from our starting players down to our last sub that can’t catch and throw. Seriously, we have so many people that can do that.”

Niskayuna might have been able to stay with Garden City to that point, but they couldn’t connect on the run as efficiently as the Trojans could, and missed what good chances they had.

Richards missed the net, which started the break on Lynch’s second goal, and Garden City goalie Kelly Weis stopped Laura Plis on a free position shot.

“We practiced all week trying to slow down their transition, and we did a pretty good job of it, but unfortunately, what we didn’t do well was take care of the ball consistently throughout the game, and too

often we didn’t find the back of the net like we needed to,” Niskayuna coach Peter Melito said. “Garden City was able to capitalize on our mistakes, and that’s really a major reason why the scoring ended up the way it did.”

One of the big matchups was on the center draw, and Plis got the better of Lynch for most of the game, but it didn’t always result in a scoring chance for the Silver Warriors.

Garden City’s fourth goal started off a draw that Plis had won, but she lost it before Niskayuna could get moving, and Caroline McTiernan quickly made it 4-0.

Niskayuna got on the scoreboard when Marie Mutryn used a one-on-one move to get inside and beat Weis with 13:41 left in the half.

McTiernan answered with a fast-break goal less than two minutes later, and Lynch scored from a free position with 6:49 left to make it 8-1.

Richards, who had two goals, scored with 1:55 left, but Emily Norell got one with 58.8 seconds left to put Garden City ahead, 9-2, at halftime.

The Trojans scored four times, including two more by Lynch, who finished with five goals and two assists, in the first 5:05 of the second half to go ahead, 13-2, and pretty much put it away.

Beth Halayko had the other goal for Niskayuna, and was named to the all-tournament team.

FARMINGDALE 16, GUILDERLAND 10

Guilderland 3 7 —10

Farmingdale 6 10 —16

Guilderland scoring: Bridget Daley 2-1, Kristen Cagino 1-0, Jen Madsen 1-0, Abbey Fashouer 3-1, Danielle Tetreault 3-1. Farmingdale scoring: Melanie Raso 2-1, Candice Rossi 6-1, Kelly McPartland 1-0, Shannon Haas 1-0, Alyssa Kildare 2-2, Jamie Leone 1-2, Joanie Buczkowski 0-1, Janine Hillier 3-0.

Goalies: Guilderland, Amanda Santandrea; Farmingdale, Lauren Maxsym.

GARDEN CITY 17, NISKAYUNA 4

Niskayuna 2 2 — 4

Garden City 9 8 —17

Niskayuna scoring: Carly Richards 2-0, Marie Mutryn 1-0, Beth Halayko 1-0, Allison Pfohl 0-1, Keegan Kennedy 0-1. Garden City scoring: Becky Lynch 5-2, Erin Brennan 2-3, Dayna DeFliese 1-1, Brittany Wilton 2-1, Catherine Furman 0-1, Emily Norell 1-1, Lauren Terraciano 0-1, Shannon Mangini 1-0, Caroline McTiernan 2-1, Mikaela Rix 1-0, Gabby Nesi 1-0, Caroline Tarzian 1-0.

Goalies: Niskayuna, Karlee Blank, 8 saves; Garden City, Kelly Weis, 6 saves, Erin Mullins, 3 saves.

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