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Nusbaum sparks BH-BL to tournament victory

Nusbaum sparks BH-BL to tournament victory

Evan Nusbaum had a hand in six of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s eight second-half goals to lead the Sp

Evan Nusbaum had a hand in six of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s eight second-half goals to lead the Spartans past Queensbury, 13-9, in a Section II Class B semifinal lacrosse game Friday.

Held without a point in the first half, Nusbaum scored five times and assisted on a goal in an 8-4 BH-BL run after the teams played to a 5-5 tie.

“In the first two quarters we had a lot of flurries. We had a lot of opportunities, but we missed some shots and hit several pipes,” said first-year Burnt Hills coach Tom Schwan. “After we settled down, we really started to click.”

Connor Nash made 13 saves, and Alex Lewek had two goals and three assists for BH-BL (No. 3 seed, 10-8), which avenged an early-season 8-7 loss to Foothills Council champion Queensbury (No. 2, 14-4), and advanced to its second title game in three years.

Liam Forcier led Queensbury, the 2009 Class B runner-up to Niskayuna, with four goals and three assists.

Burnt Hills will meet Niskayuna (No. 1, 14-4) Tuesday night at 7:30 at the University at Albany, following the Class C final at 5 pitting Glens Falls (No. 1, 10-6) and Greenwich (No. 2, 11-4). Niskayuna advanced with a 17-5 triumph over Albany Academy (No. 4, 14-4).

Glens Falls piled up seven goals in the opening quarter and nine more before the halftime break in a 20-1 semifinal win over Lansingburgh (No. 4, 6-10).

Ryan McFee scored four goals and set up three, and Adam Durrin and D.J. Fowler both had three goals and two assists as Greenwich eliminated Johnstown, 14-2. Jeff Roth scored both goals for the Sir Bills (No. 6, 4-14).

CLASS B

BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE 13, QUEENSBURY 9

BH-BL 3 2 5 3 — 13

Queensbury 2 3 3 1 —  9

BH-BL scoring: Evan Nusbaum 5-1, Alex Lewek 2-3, Frank Emmer 2-0, Trevor Hiss 2-1, Marc Cerrone 1-0, Tom Tom Keneally 1-0, Brendan Nally 0-1. Queensbury scoring: Liam Forcier 4-3, Sam Thompson 2-1, Brad Willows 0-2, Joe Hulbert 1-0, Matt Varney 1-0, Jeff Boss 1-0.

Goaltenders: BH-BL, Connor Nash, 13 saves. Queensbury, Pat Herlihy, 19 saves.

CLASS C

GLENS FALLS 20, LANSINGBURGH 1

Lansingburgh 0 1 0 0 —  1

Glens Falls 7 9 3 1 — 20

Lansingburgh scoring: Charles Casey 1-0. Glens Falls scoring: Carl Sopczyk 5-1, Paul Bennett 2-3, Brendan Bulmer 3-1, Tim Graham 3-1, Christian Root 2-2, Connor Abess 1-2, Mike Cronin 1-1, Alex Rios 1-1, Matt Parsons 0-1, Jaryn DeShane 0-1, Sean Shaughnessey 1-0, Matt Girard 1-0.

Goaltenders: Lansingburgh, Joe Harrison, unavailable. Glens Falls, Matt Mender, 2 saves; Scott Nelson, 3 saves.

GREENWICH 14, JOHNSTOWN 2

Johnstown 1 0 0 1 —  2

Greenwich 5 3 0 6 — 14

Johnstown scoring: Jeff Roth 2-0. Greenwich scoring: Ryan McFee 4-3, Adam Durrin 3-2, D.J. Fowler 3-2, Adam Gren 2-0, Jesse Horn 1-2, Travis Owens 1-0, Collin Graves 0-1, James VanDewater 0-1, Jeff Norton 0-1.

Goaltenders: Johnstown, Ethan Tinker, 18 saves; Devin Green, 5 saves. Greenwich, Will McFee, 16 saves; Jason Perry, 5 saves.

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