Seeds, pairings and the schedule for the Section II girls’ lacrosse tournament were released Wednesday.
The top seeds are Shenendehowa in Class A, Queensbury in Class B, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Class C and Johnstown in Class D. Queensbury and Burnt Hills are defending champions.
Here are several things to know.
The tournament begins Thursday and Friday with quarterfinal games, and ends with championship games next Wednesday and Thursday at Mohonasen High School.
Thursday’s Class A quarterfinal games send Shaker to Guilderland, and Colonie to defending champion Saratoga Springs. Thursday’s Class C quarterfinal games send South Glens Falls to Glens Falls, and Emma Willard to Scotia-Glenville.
A YEAR AGO
Katie Wendell’s sixth goal capped a late 3-0 run as Saratoga Springs rallied for a 14-12 win over Bethlehem in the 2018 Section II Class A championship game. Lindsey Frank notched five goals for the Blue Streaks. Lindsay Ayres had three goals for Bethlehem, with her last putting the Eagles up 12-11.
Jordan Bentley produced five goals, and Queensbury never trailed in its 9-8 Class B title-game win over Niskayuna. Annabelle Conover had a hat trick for Niskayuna, which had won eight titles before that — and four of them in games against Queensbury.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake beat Albany Academy for the second year in a row in the Class C final 14-7, with Burnt Hills athletic director Joe Scalise coaching the team in place of Jake McHerron, who had been put on administrative leave just before the sectionals. This year, John Battaglino is Burnt Hills’ coach.
Schuylerville put together three-goal runs to begin each half and soared past Hoosick Falls 17-7 for its second straight Class D title. Amy Moreau and Grace Hanehan paced the Black Horses with six and five goals, respectively. Hoosick Falls made its first title-game appearance.
ENDING TITLE DROUGHTS
Saratoga ended a 19-year title drought when it beat Bethlehem in the 2018 large-school championship game. Both Bethlehem and Johnstown will be looking to end 12-year title droughts as this season’s tournament unfolds, as both were last crowned Section II champions in 2006. Johnstown topped Emma Willard that year for the Class C top spot, and made its only other title-game appearance the season before and lost to Emma Willard.
COULD THIS BE THE YEAR?
Shenendehowa fielded many quality teams over the years yet none were able to go the distance in the Section II tournament. The Plainsmen are 0-6 in finals, which includes an 11-3 loss to Saratoga in the first Division I title game back in 1992, and most recently a 9-8 overtime loss to Guilderland in the 2017 Class A championship tilt.
Shenendehowa is favored to get past the Guilderland-Shaker quarterfinal winner in the semifinal round. That would set up a likely Class A title-game matchup with either Bethlehem or Saratoga. Shenendehowa beat Saratoga (14-10) and lost to Bethlehem (8-7) in the regular season.
Last year’s Class B final between Queensbury and Niskayuna was the fourth consecutive title game that matched the teams. That’s a long way off from the tournament record for consecutive title-game meetings between the same two teams. Scotia-Glenville and Albany Academy met in each of the first 11 Section II Division II girls’ title games from 1992-2002. Saratoga and Bethlehem played for seven straight Division I titles from 1998-2004.
More recently, Albany Academy played Glens Falls in four straight Class C titles games from 2009-12 and won them all.
6-Colonie at 3-Saratoga Springs, 4:15; 5-Shaker at 4-Guilderland, 4:15.
Shaker/Guilderland at 1-Shenendehowa, 4:15; Colonie/Saratoga at 2-Bethlehem, 4:15.
At Mohonasen, 6:30.
5-Columbia at 4-Albany Academy, 4:15.
Columbia/Albany Academy at 1-Queensbury, 4:15; 3-Ballston Spa at 2-Niskayuna, 4:15.
At Mohonasen, 6:30.
6-Emma Willard at 3-Scotia, 5; 5-South Glens Falls at 4-Glens Falls, 4:15.
South Glens Falls/Glens Falls at 1-Burnt Hills, 5:30; Emma Willard/Scotia at 2-Averill Park, 4:15.
At Mohonasen, 4:30.
5-Catholic Central at 4-Schuylerville, 4:15.
7-Greenwich at 2-Holy Names, 4:15; 6-Cohoes at 3-Hoosick Falls, 4:15.
Catholic Central/Schuylerville at 1-Johnstown, 4:15; Holy Names/Greenwich vs. Cohoes/Hoosick Falls, at higher remaining seed, 4:15.
At Mohonasen, 4:30.