Shenendehowa wins first-ever Section II girls’ lacrosse championship

Shenendehowa’s Josie Bullock with the ball against Saratoga’s Clare Wendell during the high school lacrosse Section II Class A championship at CBA in Colonie on Friday.
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Shenendehowa’s Josie Bullock with the ball against Saratoga’s Clare Wendell during the high school lacrosse Section II Class A championship at CBA in Colonie on Friday.

COLONIE — The Shenendehowa girls’ lacrosse program had been in this spot, but never was able to walk away happy.

The smile on Kelly Augeri’s face — which never left after the final horn — showed that was a thing of the past.

Shenendehowa won its first Section II girls’ lacrosse title by topping archrival Saratoga Springs 12-8 in the Class A final Friday at Christian Brothers Academy.

It was Shenendehowa’s first title in nine finals appearances.

Augeri led the Plainsmen with four goals and one assist. Paige Adams added four goals, while Emily Speck scored twice.

“We played like a team today,” Augeri said. “Honestly, this was the best experience we’ve had all season. I’m so proud of us. . . . We’re on top of the world right now; first team in [school] history, it’s awesome.”

Third-seeded Shenendehowa (11-6) was able to take the title by never giving up its lead. Goals by Speck and Adams in the first five minutes turned out to be big, as the Blue Streaks tied it on tallies by Sydney Closinski and Morgan Brooking. But Shenendehowa regained the lead and never let Saratoga take it. Three times fourth-seeded Saratoga (8-8) closed the gap to one goal.

Shenendehowa took advantage of a Saratoga Springs yellow card in the middle part of the second half, scoring two extra-woman goals by Augeri and Adams.

It was heady stuff for first-year Shenendehowa coach Bobby Karl.

“The girls bought in, which is really nice,” Karl said. “It’s easy when they buy into the system and trust us. They did. We couldn’t do it without them. They’re the ones out on the field.”

Shenendehowa would have had an easier time of things if not for the stellar play of Saratoga Springs freshman goalie Jenna Amodio, who made 11 saves, many of them impressive.

Offensively, Carly Wise and Closinski led the Blue Streaks with two goals each. 

Friday’s game occurred amid a controversy in which parents representing 16 of the 22 members of the Saratoga Springs girls’ lacrosse team have formally requested that head coach Katie Hannan be fired for allegedly verbally abusing and body shaming players.

In the most disturbing of the allegations, parents claim Hannan, who has been the head coach since 2019, called one player a “whore” and told players they needed to lose weight by saying she wanted to see more space between their thighs.

The parents signed a May 18 letter sent to the Saratoga Springs City School District’s superintendent and athletic director requesting that Hannan be fired, but the administration has stuck by Hannan, saying the coach has apologized and that officials have been working with the coach and parents to address the concerns.

When asked if she would talk about Friday’s game, Hannan declined comment.

Shenendehowa plays Section IX champion Kingston in a state regional game at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rondout Valley High School.

QUEENSBURY CRUISES PAST NISKAYUNA

Undefeated Queensbury used its quick-strike capabilities early and often in defeating Niskayuna 24-6 in the Class B final. It was the Spartans’ fourth consecutive Section II title.

West Point-bound Brigid Duffy scored the first goal 10 seconds into the game. Twenty-five seconds later, Kaitlyn Barton added the second one, and the script was mostly unchanged from there.

Niskayuna (10-8) rallied and closed Queensbury’s lead to 8-4 with 5:56 left in the first half before Queensbury closed out the half on a 7-1 run.

Duffy led Queensbury with seven goals and four assists. Liberty University-bound Delaney Donahue added six goals and three assists.

Ashley McPartland led Niskayuna with three goals. Mary Kate Cestaro scored twice, and Jacquelyn Reffelt had a goal and an assist.

“They’re a solid team, and I would not be surprised if they won the whole thing, won states,” Niskayuna co-coach Alexis Licht said of Queensbury. “They never slow down.

“It was tough in the beginning, but our girls rallied. It was, like, ‘All right, let it go.’ ”

CLASS A FINAL

SHENENDEHOWA 12, SARATOGA SPRINGS 8

Halftime score: Shenendehowa led 6-4. Saratoga Springs scoring: Wise 2-0, Closinski 2-0, Shamberger 1-2, Burke 1-2, Brooking 1-0, Wendell 1-0. Shenendehowa scoring: Augeri 4-1, Adams 4-0, Speck 2-0, Bullock 1-0, Shanahan 1-0, Scanlan 0-2, Wilders 0-1. Goalies: Saratoga Springs, Amodio, 11 saves. Shenendehowa, Tucker, 2 saves.

CLASS B FINAL

QUEENSBURY 24, NISKAYUNA 6 

Halftime score: Queensbury led 15-5. Niskayuna scoring: McPartland 3-0, Cestaro 2-0, Refelt 1-1. Queensbury scoring: Br.Duffy 7-4, Donahue 6-3, Ballard 4-2, K.Duffy 3-2, Barton 2-1, Montgomery 2-0, Ba.Duffy 0-1. Goalies: Niskayuna, Daley, 13. Queensbury, Bauer, 2 saves; Johnson, 1 save.

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