AVERILL PARK — Relying on its potent transition offense, Averill Park defeated Scotia-Glenville 11-8 Tuesday to capture the Section II Class C girls’ lacrosse championship.
Averill Park led 4-1 after the opening 10 minutes, but Scotia-Glenville rallied with a 4-1 run of its own with a goal from Olivia Geniti and three scores from Abby Esperti to tie the score 5-5 at the half.
Scotia-Glenville’s Morgan Nichter scored the first goal of the second half, but Averill Park answered with a decisive 6-0 spurt, with much of it coming after gaining ground balls to fuel its lightning-quick transition attack.
“I feel like we maybe lost a little bit of momentum when they got a couple goals in a row. That may be where we fell short,” said Scotia-Glenville’s Katelyn Nardini, who coaches the team along with Kirsten Nichter. “I think our girls played a great game. Looking at our whole season, our sectional games were two of the best that we played all year.”
No. 3 Scotia-Glenville had defeated No. 2 Glens Falls 11-9 to secure a spot in the title game at No. 1 Averill Park, which had topped No. 4 South Glens Falls 12-7 in the other semifinal.
Averill Park senior Julie Gelder scored three goals and had three assists in the championship win.
“When we first started, our transition game was horrendous,” Gelder said. “During practice, we worked on it, we got a couple drills going for our transition and we really picked it up. Toward the end of the season, we got really good at our transition and being able to score goals.”
Esperti led the Tartans with three goals, and credited Averill Park for its strong passing in the second half.
“They always knew where each other were and knew what pass to get through, what person was open and how to get that pass through the defenders,” Esperti said.
A senior, Esperti missed her junior season when all spring sports in New York were canceled last year because of restrictions related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Even after a championship loss, she said she will never forget her senior season.
“It was just the best season I’ve ever had of lacrosse, no matter the circumstances,” Esperti said. “It was just unforgettable.”
Halftime score: Tied 5-5. Averill Park scoring: Gelder 3-3, Tessitore 3-1, Foster 2-0, VanDerKar 1-1, Geraci 1-2, Stern 1-1. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Esperti 3-0, Geniti 2-2, Nichter 3-4. Goalies: Averill Park, Garrison, 7 saves. Scotia-Glenville, Westbrook, 7 saves.
SCHUYLERVILLE WINS ‘D’ TITLE
Eliza Barton scored six goals as Schuylerville defeated Holy Names 16-9 Tuesday afternoon to capture the Section II Class D girls’ lacrosse title.
Macey Koval had three goals and two assists, while Sadie Tavares added three goals for the Black Horses.
Holy Names was led by Lauren Mesick’s three goals and assist. Susie Smith had two goals and an assist.
Halftime score: Schuylerville led 9-5. Schuylerville scoring: Barton 6-0, Koval 3-2, Tavares 3-0, Welsh 2-1. Holy names scoring: Mesick 3-1, Nichols 1-1, Seymour 1-0, Serio 1-0, Smith 2-1, Smith 1-0. Goalies: Schuylerville, Stortz, 4 saves. Holy Names, Szesnat, 14 saves.