BALLSTON SPA – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake got tested like it hasn’t yet this season on Tuesday, but the cream rose to the top, as the Spartans pulled out a 13-12 overtime Suburban Council boys’ lacrosse win over Ballston Spa.
Ballston Spa — ranked eighth in the Class B state poll — led by four goals twice in the third quarter, 10-6 and 11-7, before Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake — ranked fourth in the Class C state poll — scored the next five goals.
The Scotties (8-2 league, 8-4 overall) tied it at 12 with 36 seconds left on Peter Siracuse’s goal from Matt King. Once in overtime, the Spartans went to the player who’s worked for them all season and especially Tuesday. Rocco Mareno fed Kevin Carney, and the senior attackman scored his eighth goal of the game 46 seconds into overtime to keep the Spartans unbeaten at 9-0 in the Suburban and 12-0 overall.
As hot as Carney was in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring five of the team’s last six goals, he wouldn’t have gotten the chance were it not for the play of goalie Tyler Manning, who made 11 of his 16 saves in the second half, with seven coming in the fourth quarter.
[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”78″ display=”basic_thumbnail”]“Tyler’s great,” Ballston Spa coach Lucas Snow said. “We’ve known Tyler — his dad’s a teacher at Ballston Spa — so we know the family. Happy for him playing so well this year. He’s an excellent goalie and he kind of stepped up, made four, five, six saves in a row when we were trying to extend the lead from three goals.”
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake took a 4-2 lead after one quarter, but the Scotties rallied on the strength of their transition game and advantage in unsettled situations, taking a 7-6 lead just before the halftime horn on the third of Sean Dwyer’s team-high four goals.
Ballston Spa led 11-8 after three quarters. The Spartans chipped away in the fourth, with Carney scoring two of their goals on man-up situations. But even at full-strength, Carney was a handful for the Scotties.
“What we as coaches put into place, we couldn’t cover him and he just got shots off,” Snow said.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake coach Tom Schwan was especially proud of how his team didn’t panic, noting it was the first time it had trailed in the second half this season.
“It’s a big deal when you take the eighth-ranked team in Class B and trail them by four goals, twice, in the third quarter and then work your way back into it and then win it in overtime,” Schwan said.
Manning said trust is what caused the Spartans not to show any signs of panic when trailing.
“I think everybody is able to lean on one another,” Manning said. “When you’re able to be confident in every one of your teammates and be confident that they’ll make a play when you don’t, and you’ll make a play when they don’t. It’s just great to be able to have players like that on the team. That helps me just be that much smoother in net.”
Schwan credited defensemen Bernie Townsend, Joey Spade, Santino Mareno and long-stick midfielder Jake Pausley with taking Ballston Spa out of its offense just enough in the second half to allow the comeback.
After Carney, Jack Scalise had two goals and one assist for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Nick Bailey added two goals, and Colden Swisher had a goal and three assists.
For Ballston Spa, Matt King had two goals and two assists, Geno DeRubertis had two goals and one assist, and Siracuse had two goals. Dom Zichelli made 12 saves.
BH-BL 4 2 2 4 1 – 13
Ballston Spa 2 5 4 1 0 – 12
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake scoring: Carney 8-0, Scalise 2-1, Bailey 2-0, Swisher 1-3, R.Mareno 0-3, S.Mareno 0-1, Lussier 0-1. Ballston Spa scoring: Dwyer 4-0, King 2-2, DeRubertis 2-1, Siracuse 2-0, Christiansen 1-0, Potter 1-0. Goalies: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Manning, 16 saves. Ballston Spa, Zichelli, 12 saves.