CLIFTON PARK — Shaker senior goalie Ryan Mazzariello made 13 saves as the Blue Bison offense gave its defense a four-goal lead and reached .500 on the year with a 10-7 road win against Shenendehowa on Tuesday night.
Shaker (5-5) turned a slim one-goal lead after the first quarter into a four-goal lead at halftime 7-3.
“It puts a little more pressure on them, especially with the zone that we play,” Shaker coach Shawn Hennessey said. “They’ll take a little more uncharacteristic shots, so it does help us. The lacrosse ball gets a lot bigger for Ryan. It just makes it easier for us.”
Shaker senior Michael Lacouture led the Bison with three goals with Colin Devoe and Eric Hennessey each adding a pair of scores.
The Plainsmen (9-3) battled back in the second half, outscoring Shaker 4-3, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
“They had a hot goalie, we missed some opportunities,” Shenendehowa assistant coach Chad Hagner said. “We broke down in transition at times. It was a hard-fought battle, they came to play today.”
Hagner filled in for head coach Jason Gifford, who was unavailable for Tuesday’s contest due to the school’s health and safety protocols.
Just as Hagner was given the opportunity to step-up, so were his players.
“It was pretty neat seeing the captains step up, especially with Colin [Bullock] on offense calling plays and we echoed on the sideline for him,” Hagner said, “including guys like Greg [Sweet] and Calvin [Hicks] on defense helping everyone to settle in.”
Hennessy credited Hagner with the Plainsmen’s second-half play.
“They gave us fits in the second half,” Hennessey said. “I thought coach Hagner did a really good job making second-half adjustments because we weren’t getting the looks that we had in the first half.”
Mazzariello turned back six shots in the second half, including four in the final stanza.
“Their offense started moving the ball really well, getting the ball off the ground really quick,” Mazzariello said. “They didn’t give up. We stayed strong. The defense held their ground and everyone knew what the goal was in the end.”
Sophomore Nathan Wolfe led the Plainsmen with two goals and two assists. Drew Bullock had two goals and an assist, and Drew Canterbury had two goals.
Shaker 3 4 3 0 — 10
Shenendehowa 2 1 3 1 — 7
Shaker scoring: Devoe 2-0, Wilson 1-1, Hennessey 2-0, Brant 1-1, Lacouture 3-0, Fort 1-0. Shenendehowa scoring: Canterbury 2-0, Carroll 1-1, Wolfe 2-2, Bullock 2-1, Hicks 0-1. Goalies: Shaker, Mazzariello, 13 saves. Shenendehowa, Stocker, 5 saves.