Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ lacrosse season comes to an end

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ lacrosse head coach Tom Schwan’s career came to an end Wednesday in a 16-5 loss to Manhasset in the state Class C semifinals.
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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ lacrosse head coach Tom Schwan’s career came to an end Wednesday in a 16-5 loss to Manhasset in the state Class C semifinals.

ALBANY — The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ lacrosse team never saw an opponent pass the ball with such precision as Manhasset did Wednesday evening.

Or shoot it as well and play defense as well, either.

The Indians went on a pair of four-goal runs in the first half and gave up little to set the tone for what was a 16-5 state Class C semifinal win over the history-making Spartans at UAlbany’s Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

That history was not lost on retiring Burnt Hills coach Tom Schwan, who guided the Spartans to their first regional title and state final four berth in his 13th year with them.

“We’re the last one standing. We made it to the 13th week,” Schwan said. “To win the [Section II] semifinal, final and regional final the way we did, I am extremely proud of these guys.”

Burnt Hills (17-3) made it to the state semis for the first time with a 12-5 regional win over Pelham Memorial, and in doing so, joined Niskayuna and Shenendehowa as Section II’s only boys’ teams to reach state final fours. Niskayuna is the only team to taste final four success which includes a New York championship run in 2015.

“All good things come to an end, but I’m so glad I was able to go on this ride,” said Jack Scalise, one of 12 seniors on the Spartans’ roster. 

In 2010, Schwan took over a Burnt Hills program that had recorded one Suburban Council victory in its first three seasons and turned it into a consistent winner.

“Just a wonderful, wonderful experience,” Schwan said, and then added. “I couldn’t ask for a better group to end my career with.”

Schwan’s final edition set program records for overall wins (17) and regular season wins (14), and earned its first overall Suburban Council championship. The Spartans topped Averill Park 21-7 and South Glens Falls 17-4 in Section II tournament games to capture the program’s fourth area title and second in a row. In all, Schwan guided nine of his teams to Section II title games with other triumphs in 2011 and 2016. Both of those editions were derailed by Yorktown in regional play before this year’s group got over the hump.

“We all worked so hard for this, to do something like this,” Burnt Hills senior Kevin Carney said. “To do something never seen before.”

Burnt Hills’ season was ended by the state’s No. 1-ranked Class C team, an extremely talented and deep group from Long Island that put together 5-1 runs in each of the first three quarters.

“They’re a great team,” Carney said of Manhasset, which got four goals and two assists from Jack Petersen, four goals from Matt Perfetto and a goal and six assists from Virginia-bound Joey Terenzi. “On offense, they moved the ball so well. Hyper speed. Their defense played well, too.”

Carney gave the state’s No. 4-ranked team an early boost when he cut a 2-0 Manhasset lead in half with a goal midway through the opening quarter. Manhasset (Section VIII, 16-4) responded with a four-goal run that spilled into the second quarter, and after Carney clicked again, the Indians scored four unanswered goals again to close out the half.

“They started off hot, and for us to get on the board was huge,” said Carney, who led the Spartans with his two goals. “We thought we could ride that momentum, but it didn’t happen.”

Scalise, Colden Swisher and Ryan Lussier scored the other goals for Burnt Hills, which lost its other games to Shenendehowa and Niskayuna, the Section II Class A and B champs.

“We came in with the right energy. We came in with the right attitude. We were ready to compete,” Schwan said. “We got beat by a better team. It wasn’t nervousness or anything like that. We ran into a better opponent.”

Manhasset handed Mount Sanai its first loss in 19 games when it scored the last four goals in a 12-7 victory in the Long Island regional.

“They are one of the best teams in the country. Very solid. We knew that coming in,” Scalise said. “I have a lot of respect for them.”

Manhasset will try for its fifth state championship Saturday at Hofstra University against Westhill (Section III, 17-2). Westhill beat Lake Shore/Silver Creek (Section VI, 17-2) in the other state Class C semifinal 11-3 at SUNY Cortland.

Manhasset 5 5 5 1 — 16

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 1 1 1 2 — 5

Manhasset scoring: Girard 1-0, Panzik 2-1, Petersen 4-2, Terenzi 1-6, Connor 2-0, Perfetto 4-0, Cargiulo 2-0. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake scoring: Swisher 0-1, Scalise 1-0, Carney 2-0, Mareno 0-1, Lussier 1-0, McClernan 1-0. Goalies: Manhasset, Im, Godfrey, saves unavailable. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Manning, saves unavailable.

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