The 2016 Section II lacrosse season may be in its infancy, but it hasn’t lacked for offensive punch.
Maria Patane of Greenwich, Albany Academy’s Niko Szel est and Taylor Safford of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake have each turned in double-digit point performances featuring a school-record 10 goals by Patane.
Patane also had a pair of assists for a 12-point effort — another school record for the Johnson & Wales-bound midfielder — in last Wednesday’s 20-11 non-league win against Hoosick Falls.
Szelest matched those 12 points, with the junior attackman scoring five goals and assisting on seven, in Saturday’s 21-2 Colonial Council victory at Lansingburgh.
The day before, Safford, a junior attacker, amassed 10 points on six goals and four assists to lift the Burnt Hills girls to a 16-3 non-league win over Schuylerville.
Here’s a few noteworthy double-digit point games from the past:
Last season, Shaker’s Stephen Rehfuss set a Section II boys’ single-game record with 15 points on six goals and nine assists in a 20-6 Suburban Council win over Columbia. The Blue Bison All-American finished the season with a school-record 128 points, which included a Section II record-tying 80 assists.
No player has ever accumulated more points in a boys’ Section II championship game than Johnstown’s Kevin Hunt, who, in a 17-14 2008 Class C win against Schuylerville, piled up 13 on five goals and eight assists. His points and assists still stand as school single-game records.
Greg Rogowski of Christian Brothers Academy was a double-digit machine as a senior in 2005, topping out with a pair of 12-pointers in wins against Vestal (6-6) and Amsterdam (5-7). He also had an 11-point game and three times collected 10 points. Rehfuss tied Rogowski’s 80 assist record last year, and Rogowski’s 147 points that 2005 season still stand as the most ever for a Section II boy.
Katie Rowan of Bethlehem put up some huge numbers in her scholastic career, including a Section II single-season record 76 assists in 2005. She had 10 of those helpers and six goals for an all-time area-record 16 points when the Lady Eagles slugged Kingston 25-2 in a regional game.
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Courtney Pierce of Schuylerville nearly matched Rowan’s performance in 2009 with 15 points on five goals and 10 assists in a 23-15 Foothills Council win over South Glens Falls.
Tara Akstull left her imprint on Shenendehowa’s 23-13 Section II Division I first-round win against Columbia in 2004 with 12 points, 11 of them coming on goals. Those 11 goals stood as the Section II playoff-game record for both girls and boys until Cara Quimby notched 12 last year in Guilderland’s 18-9 Class A semifinal triumph over Saratoga Springs.
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