Several Section II lacrosse coaches, including Dave Trahan of Schenectady and Mike Vorgang of Niskayuna, helped Team Easton defend its Masters III championship at the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament this past weekend.
Team Easton went 4-0 in the 38-and-over division for the second year in a row, and capped its title run with a 13-9 victory over Brown State. Team Easton beat squads from Philadelphia, Syracuse and New Jersey earlier in the tournament, and won its games by a 13-5 scoring margin.
“We’ve been e-mailing each other back and forth this week and everyone agrees that it came down to playing as a team,” said Trahan, a defenseman. “Everyone knew their role. Everyone knew what to do. We’ve been playing together for so long.”
Colonie coach Mike McCulloch and high school assistants Jason Gifford (Shenendehowa), P.J. Williams (Niskayuna) and Eric Williams (Shaker) were part of a roster that also featured former Section II standouts John Keller (Columbia), Tom Mahar (Columbia), Joe Gloeckner (Shaker), Darius Barber (Saratoga Springs) and Cort Kim (Guilderland).
Keller and Gifford both scored three goals in the title-game triumph, and Kim scored two.
Team Easton defeated Brown State for the 2011 championship, 5-2, to complete its first of two perfect showings.
The team was sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports. The company’s lacrosse division management group includes Kim and his brother, Blake Kim. Both played at the University at Albany following their careers at Guilderland.
Treanor key recruit
Niskayuna graduate Kayla Treanor is a big reason why Syracuse University is ranked No. 1 nationally for freshman recruiting classes by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.
Treanor is the No. 2-ranked player on IL’s Top 25 Rising Freshmen list, and one of four Syracuse newcomers on the list.
Syracuse — coming off its first NCAA title-game appearance — is ranked No. 1 for the first time for freshman recruiting classes ahead of Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida.
Treanor collected 213 goals and 110 assists in four seasons at Niskayuna, and three times was selected a United States Lacrosse All-American. She competed in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic in June.
Robbens to HOF
Saratoga Springs quarterback Matt Robbens, the 1995 Daily Gazette Offensive Player of the Year, will be among 12 inductees into the Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame next month.
Robbens led Saratoga to two Suburban Council championships, two Class A title games and a sectional crown as a junior. The following year he threw a school-record 18 touchdown passes, setting the stage for a superb career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in which he established many more all-time marks. He was honored as an RPI hall of famer in 2006.
The fourth class of the Blue Streak hall will also include Erin Porter Bembry, Amy Thelen DiPreta, Bernard “Benny” Fasulo, Ernest “Sonny” Gooden, Stephen Jones, Erin (Dennis) Kolligian, Kevin Mulligan, Patricia Sutton, Hutch Tibbetts, Marge Tibbetts and Jenny Whalen. Gooden was among the inaugural class inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Blue Streak induction ceremony will take place at Saratoga High School on Friday, Sept. 14.
Jack Brock was approved as the new Saratoga Springs varsity boys’ basketball coach Tuesday night. The school’s former junior varsity coach will be the Blue Streaks’ third lead man in three seasons following Frank Mahoney and Mitch Snyder. Saratoga went 5-14 last season which included wins over Shenendehowa and Class A runner-up Mohonasen.