SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ballston Spa boys’ lacrosse team had a rough start against Saratoga Springs, offering five different man-up advantages to the Blue Streaks, but survived each penalty kill as goalkeeper Dominick Zichelli was nearly impenetrable.
Zichelli turned back nine of the 10 shots he faced Tuesday afternoon as the Scotties cruised to a 15-1 Suburban Council win on the Saratoga Springs turf.
“We have a very good man-down defense, so they let me see shots,” Zichelli said. “When I see shots I was able to get them and we did well, that’s how our [man down unit] plays.”
The Scotties (4-3 overall) scored twice in the first quarter before tacking on five more goals in the second quarter and then cruising in the second half.
“The whole man-down unit, led by Dom, was there and we needed it in the first quarter, taking some aggressive penalties, pushes from behind, a slash here and there,” Ballston Spa coach Lucas Snow said. “It was something we needed [man-down success], picking each other up when you have opportunities to do that.”
With Zichelli near-perfect in the cage, Ballston Spa was led by Sean Dwyer’s six-goal performance.
“Our coaches do a good job of getting us on film, showing us where the open spots are,” Dwyer said. “My teammates found me in empty spots. It doesn’t matter who is putting them in the back of the net, I just happened to be the guy in that spot today.”
[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”27″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]This is the third time this spring Ballston Spa has put up 15 goals — all Suburban Council victories — led by different offensive stars.
“A couple of guys that have led us, Matt King and John Serina, early in the year,” Snow said. “Today, they deferred to him when he had the match-up and Sean was able to execute that.”
King had a goal and two assists in the win, Serina had two goals and three assists.
Saratoga Springs’ (3-4) lone goal game from Tobey Diulio from a Jacob Badar assist in the fourth quarter against Zichelli.
Ballston Spa is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, rebounding from a 1-3 start that included losses to West Genesee, Baldwinsville and Shenendehowa.
“It allowed us to find the mistakes we were making, see film and work on things we can improve, and put guys in the best position offensively,” Snow said. “Credit to [players] that they’ve been able to watch the film themselves, work with the coaches and each other and now show up defensively.
“We’ve grown into a defense, with Dom in the backstop, we want to continue to build on, something we’re happy with from where they started to where they are now.”
Ballston Spa 2 5 3 5 — 15
Saratoga Springs 0 0 0 1 — 1
Ballston Spa scoring: Serina 2-3, Siracuse 1-0, King 1-1, DeRubertis 3-0, Haight 0-1, Dwyer 6-1, Potter 2-1, Burmaster 0-1. Saratoga Springs scoring: Diulio 1-0, Badar 0-1. Goalie saves: Ballston Spa, Zichelli, 8 saves, Friedman 0. Saratoga Springs, Nacheman, 3 saves; Leary, 6 saves.