Guilderland didn’t take too kindly to Adrianne Devine’s goal to start off Wednesday night’s Section II girls’ Class A championship lacrosse game.
The Lady Dutch answered with four goals of their own in a five-minute stretch, and went on two more offensive spurts before the first half was through in what would be a fourth straight title-winning performance.
“After they scored, we knew we needed to come back and get some goals,” sophomore midfielder Kelly Camardo said after Guilderland’s 18-10 triumph over Shaker. “We got a couple, and we all got really excited. We got pumped, and then we scored some more.”
Jenna Crupi and Kristen Cagino notched goals 22 seconds apart to tie it and give Guilderland the lead, and Camardo registered four goals as the Lady Dutch completed a season sweep of area competition at the the University at Albany’s John Fallon Field.
“They finally grew up tonight,” said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. “As a coaching staff, we’ve been harping on them all year to see what they’re giving you, and go at it. There was very little or no hesitation tonight.”
Eight different Guilderland (No. 1 seed, 17-1) players ended up scoring goals in the second win over Shaker (No. 2, 14-3) this season, and the third victory against the Blue Bison in title games. Guilderland knocked off Shaker for the 2007 and 2008 championships before overwhelming Bethlehem in last year’s final.
“We were concerned coming into the year because we had some experience, but we lost too much,” said Chatnik, who graduated the nucleus from his 2009 state runner-up edition. “We have a wonderful senior class, and they jelled so well with our juniors and sophomores.”
Guilderland jelled offensively after the first of Devine’s four goals 1:37 into the contest.
“When they scored that first goal, we were, like, no way,” said Cagino, a senior midfielder who fired in two goals.
“We came back hard. We were disappointed with that goal [by Devine], and we came back strong. We showed that we were in it to win it.”
Crupi deliverted at the 22:44 mark, and Cagino beat Shaker netminder Victoria Bulson at 22:22 before Shelby Iapoce and Camardo made it 4-2. After Lauren Smith tallied for Shaker, Camardo, Erin Mossop and Kelsey Michele found the net.
Goals by Crupi, Cagino and Camardo in quick succession boosted Guilderland’s advantage to 10-3 at the break.
“That was great. This is a great group of kids, a young group of kids,” said Chatnik. “They came out and played right from the start, and went at it.”
Mossop finished with three goals and an assist, and Crupi had a hat trick, while Guilderland’s defense held Shaker without a goal for over eight minutes spanning the halves. Devine ended that stretch on a goal with 22:17 left, making it 13-4.
“It was an amazing feeling, being up by 10 goals at one point, but we knew we had to keep playing,” said Cagino. “Shaker’s a good team.
We knew they wouldn’t go away.”
Guilderland is one of only three Section II teams to win large-school championships, with Saratoga Springs taking seven straight banners from 1992 through 1998, and Bethlehem claiming eight in a row before the Lady Dutch’s run.
Guilderland will meet the Section I-Section IX winner a week from Saturday at 4 p.m. in a state regional championship game at John Fallon Field.
Shaker 3 7 — 10
Guilderland 10 8 — 18
Shaker scoring: Kaitlyn Cheney 2-1, Adrianne Devine 4-0, Lauren Smith 2-0, Maddie Devine 1-1, Charlotte Rehfuss 0-1, Maddy Smith 1-0. Guilderland scoring: Kendall Cietek 1-1, Jenna Crupi 3-0, Kristen Cagino 2-0, Hannah Scott 0-1, Kelly Camardo 4-0, Erin Mossop 3-1, Shelby Iapoce 2-0, Taylor Mead 2-0, Kelsey Michele 1-0.
Goaltenders: Shaker, Victoria Bulson, 4 saves; Ann Morrison, 1 save. Guilderland, Amanda Santandrea, 6 saves; Jess Madsen, 1 save.
Wednesday afternoon’s Class B title game pitting Niskayuna against Queensbury was postponed due to extreme heat, and will be played today at 3:30 at the University at Albany.
Caroline Gersuk produced four of her five goals in the second half as Albany Academy for Girls defeated Glens Falls, 15-7, to capture its third straight Class C championship and Section II record-tying eighth.
The Northwestern-bound Gersuk scored twice in a three-goal run to start the second half, helping the Bears open up a 10-4 lead. The senior midfielder later answered goals by Tess Hooker with two of her own as the state’s No. 6-ranked team maintained its advantage.
Gersuk added an assist for a six-point game. Kaitlin Pericak notched three goals for the Bears (No. 1 seed, 18-0), Bridget Malicki had two goals and two assists and Leddy Sullivan made eight of her 14 saves in the opening half, most of them them on point-blank drives.
Albany Academy used a pair of three-goal runs to open up a 6-1 first-half lead. Glens Falls (No. 2, 14-4) got within 7-4 on a goal by Knapp with 6.1 seconds left in the half.
Albany Academy joined Bethlehem and Scotia-Glenville as eight-time sectional champions, with the Bears winning their first crown in 1992.
Albany Academy also beat Glens Falls in the 2009 sectional title game, 12-8, and defeated the Indians earlier this season, 19-7, behind Malicki’s six goals and six assists.
The Bears will meet the Section I-Section IX winner a week from Saturday at 8 p.m. in a state regional final at UAlbany. The Bears are among four unbeaten and untied teams remaining in the state.
Glens Falls 4 3 — 7
Albany Academy 7 8 — 15
Glens Falls scoring: Lydia Knapp 4-0, Tess Hooker 2-0, Emily White 0-1, Chloe Knapp 1-0. Albany Academy scoring: Julia Baldwin 1-0, Bridget Malicki 2-2, Kaitlin Pericak 3-0, Polly Grey 2-0, Emma Malicki 2-0, Caroline Gersuk 5-1.
Goaltenders: Glens Falls, Mackenzie Waterson, 2 saves. Albany Academy, Leddy Sullivan, 14 saves.