AMSTERDAM — James Meier made a big save at one end, Daniel Macchiarella scored moments later at the other, and Guilderland was on its way to a Section II Class A boys’ lacrosse championship.
That quick sequence highlighted a four-goal run in the fourth quarter that propelled the Dutchmen past Shaker 11-6 and ended a decade-plus title drought.
“That was probably the biggest part of the game,” Macchiarella said of Guilderland’s late offensive flurry. “That carried us right to the end.”
Macchiarella, a junior midfielder, finished with three goals and an assist
Macchiarella and Caleb Jacobson both scored two goals in the run that made it 11-5 with 4:19 left, and Jacob Brooomhall — who quarterbacked Guilderland past Shaker in the Class AA football final during the Fall II season — collected the last two of his five assists.
Second-seeded Guilderland (12-3) won its last title in 2009, also against Shaker.
Guilderland never trailed after pulling away from a 2-2 tie with a 4-1 second-quarter spurt. Goals late in the third quarter and early in the fourth by Eric Hennessey had fourth-seeded Shaker (9-6) within 7-5. Jacobson began Guilderland’s key run afterward, and Macchiarella scored after Meier made the last of his seven saves.
“Our future is bright. We’re not crying poverty,” Shaker coach Shawn Hennessey said. “It’s, ‘What are the two or three things we need to do so we’re not finalists here again and we’re something else.’”
Kevin Gutknecht had three goals and an assist for Guilderland, Jacobson had two goals and an assist, and Thomas Tyksinski had two goals.
“We wanted to push the ball from the ‘X’ [behind the cage] and try to get good looks up top,” Macchiarella said.
Matt Calicchia had a hat trick for the Blue Bison, who won their last title in 2017. Shaker dealt top-seeded Niskayuna its first loss of the season in a 9-7 semifinal upset.
Shaker 2 1 1 2 — 6
Guilderland 2 4 1 4 — 11
Shaker scoring: Calicchia 3-0, Hennessey 2-0, LaCouture 1-0. Guilderland scoring: Tyksinski 2-0, MacKissock 1-0, Jacobson 2-1, Broomhall 0-5, Macchiarella 3-1, Gutknecht 3-1. Goalies: Mazzariello, 7 saves. Guilderland, Meier, 7 saves.