The area’s highest-scoring girls’ lacrosse team is quite stingy, too.
While Guilderland’s offense reached double digit goals for the fifth straight game, its unheralded cast at the other end turned in another superb performance in Friday’s 16-4 Suburban Council victory over host Saratoga Springs.
The Lady Dutch have surrendered 20 goals in their five games, all league wins, and only 12 in their last four outings.
“Our offensive and defensive groups, we keep each other in check,” said Guilderland junior defender Casey Gerety. “We push each other to get better every day in practice, and that influences what happens on the field.”
The Lady Dutch gave up one first-half goal Friday while building a
12-1 lead, and the two-time defending Section II Class A champions kept the Blue Streaks (1-2, 2-3) at bay the rest of the way with their man-to-man, zones and combination defensive sets.
“The nice thing about this team is we are able to put in a lot of variations with our offense and defense,” said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. “We have smart kids and athletic kids, so if there is a mistake, we can recover in time.”
Guilderland’s veteran defensive unit, which also includes senior Corinne Chatnik, senior Amy Branchini, junior Ali DeRizzo and junior Marissa Page, committed few mistakes in front of 11th-grade goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea (four saves) as the Lady Dutch prevailed for the 27th time in 28 games going back to the start of last season.
“A lot of the mistakes we made last year have not come up,” said Corrine Chatnik. “We learned from them.”
Guilderland opened its season with a 19-8 win against Shaker in a rematch from last year’s sectional final before downing 2008 Class B champ Niskayuna (19-3), Averill Park (16-3), Shenendehowa (18-2) and Saratoga. The Blue Streaks had scored in double figures in two games leading up to Friday’s matchup with the Lady Dutch, in an 11-10 loss to Bethlehem and in a 12-6 triumph over Shenendehowa.
Saratoga also lost to Baldwinsville, the state’s top-ranked Class A team, 16-6, and defeated Kingston, 9-7.
“They use a pressure defense, and they’re relentless with it,” Saratoga coach Sue Hoffman said of Guilderland, a 2008 state semifinalist. “They’re similar to Baldwinsville in that respect. Both of them play excellent defense.
“When you play teams of that caliber, your ball carriers have to be confident and keep their feet moving.”
Co-captains Danielle Tetreault and Bridget Daley sparkled at Guilderland’s offensive end with five goals and two assists, and five goals and one assist, respectively. Courtney Davis notched two goals, and Jen Madsen collected three of the 10 assists accumulated by the state sportswriter’s No. 11-ranked Class A team.
“We’ve been playing with each other since the third or fourth grade,” said Madsen, a senior attacker who will compete next year for Vermont. “We all know each other so well. We know where everyone is going and what their doing.”
Sarah Campbell had two goals and one assist for Saratoga. The junior tallied the Blue Streaks’ lone first-half goal with 9:45 left, making it a 6-1 game, and registered the last goal of the contest in the final seconds.
“Defensively, I think it was our best game,” said Gary Chatnik. “I liked our slides and our help. They really played together and backed each other up.”
“Everyone was paying attention to their cutters,” Corinne Chatnik said. “We were on top of what was going on.”
Guilderland reached double-digit goals before the first half ended for the fifth consecutive game. Harvard-bound Tetreault scored three of Guilderland’s first four goals, and Syracuse-bound Daley scored three of its last four goals in the opening half to extend the Lady Dutch advantage to 12-1.
“Our offense is very good. We practice against them every day, and that makes our defense better,” said Corinne Chatnik. “They try to make things difficult for us defenders, and it’s good for us.”
Guilderland 12 4 — 16
Saratoga 1 3 — 4
Guilderland scoring: Bridget Daley 5-1, Danielle Tetreault 5-2, Amanda Best 0-2, Jen Madsen 0-3, Jenna Crupi 1-0, Kat Keegan 0-1, Courtney Davis 2-0, Hannah Scott
1-0, Kelly Camardo 1-0, Kristen Cagino 1-1. Saratoga scoring: Sarah Campbell 2-1, Morgan Powell 0-1, Maggie Deloria 1-0, Casey Harkins 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Guilderland, Amanda Santandrea, 4 saves. Saratoga, Katie Hannan, 3 saves; Stephanie Luce, 1 save.
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