BURNT HILLS — The seventh-grader has seen her older, more decorated sister be in the spotlight a lot. When given the chance to experience it for herself, she took to it like it’s in her blood.
Maggie Lescault provided the go-ahead goal for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on a free-position shot with just under five seconds left in its 8-7 win over Tappan Zee in a Class C state regional girls’ lacrosse final on Saturday.
The Spartans (18-3) are now in the state semifinals. They’ll play Section VIII’s Manhasset at 1 p.m. Friday at SUNY Cortland’s White Field, with the winner to face the Fulton/Honeoye Falls-Lima winner at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cortland’s Red Field for the championship.
The lacrosse world knows junior MK Lescault quite well. The Johns Hopkins commit was an All-American as a sophomore, is likely to be named one this season and scored a school-record 11 goals in an 18-8 win over Niskayuna earlier this year. She led the team with four goals against Tappan Zee.
But as some teams have found out the hard way, they can’t sleep on Maggie, either. She had two goals in the Spartans’ 20-9 regional semifinal win over Saugerties, five goals in the team’s 17-7 Section II championship win over Albany Academy and has had her share of big games in her first season. Still, the free-position chance — actually, her second chance — was the biggest moment she’s been in.
On the first try at the free position, Tappan Zee was whistled for a false start.
“‘OK, I get another shot at it,’” Maggie remembered thinking. “It was scary a little bit, but having the second chance was a relief.”
The Lescault sisters come from an athletic family. Dad OJ was a Corinth High School star, went on to play baseball at Saint Rose and has coached many sports over the years.
While MK also started playing varsity lacrosse as a seventh-grader, she thinks her experience was different from Maggie’s.
“When I was in seventh grade, I think I had a lot of guidance from the seniors,” MK said. “But I don’t know if Maggie’s had a lot of the guidance I had.”
“I think it’s because I’m so close to you and the other girls,” Maggie quickly interjected.
“When I was on [the team] in seventh grade, I knew, like, no one, and Maggie knows me and she knows Ella [Blesi], so she has people to talk to.”
Ah, yes, the comfort of having an older sister on the team. Right?
“Definitely in the beginning it was a rough start,” Maggie said.
“It’s still pretty rough,” MK added.
“It is still rough,” Maggie admitted. “We’ve definitely gotten better, but it’s still rough sometimes. Just sister stuff.”
“I just get really annoyed with her a lot, but the team needs her, so I guess she can stay,” MK added before cracking a smile and chuckling.
As for providing some elder-sister wisdom, MK drew the line there.
“No. I’m going to let her figure it out,” she said.