Can the Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team make another deep run; maybe make it back to the Section II Class A title game for the seventh year in a row?
“I never make predictions, but I like our team makeup. There’s a lot of upside,” said Lady Dutch coach Gary Chatnik. “They have to grow and develop. Whether they can do it or not, that’s up to them.”
Guilderland graduated 12 seniors from last year’s team that went 18-0 before losing to Shaker, 9-8, in the Class A final. Guilderland took a 17-1 record into the 2011 title game and lost to Niskayuna, 15-14. The Lady Dutch captured championships in each of the four previous years, and also made an appearance in the 2005 final.
“We’d like to win it,” said Chatnik. “If they work hard and everything goes right, I think we’ll reap the benefits. A lot of teams can say the same thing.”
Guilderland, the six-time defending Suburban Council South Division champ, is a team in transition. Although several standouts return, including James Madision-bound attacker Morgan Hardt, midfielder Ali Cardinal and defenders Chrissy Bolognino, Jenna Walsh and Kara Carman, many others will be asked to take on lead roles for the first time. Goaltender Kaitlyn Hess is among the group.
“This is their chance,” said Chatnik. “Let’s see what they can do. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Shaker (13-1, 17-2) will be looking to claim another SC North Division crown and to get back to the Section II final with a veteran lineup featuring five Division I-bound players in Sarah Cheney (Georgetown), Maddie Devine (Siena), Julia Lennon (Harvard), Maddy Smith (Holy Cross) and Eva Torncello (Towson).
The league’s cast of star athletes also includes Kelly Wall and Kristen Connors of Shenendehowa; Kelly Schlansker, Janeen Bell and Asa Goldstock of Niskayuna; Nicole Beardsley of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake; Bri Sirianni of Saratoga Springs; and Kim Carr of Colonie.
Federation champion Albany Academy and state public school titlists Lake George and Argyle are No. 1 in Class A, Class C and Class D, respectively, in the final set of boys’ basketball rankings released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Albany Academy (16-4) became just the second Capital Region boys’ team to win a Federation tournament crown when its beat Nazareth on Jack Morrow’s last-second three-pointer, 43-40, and then topped John Adams with a brilliant defensive effort, 50-34.
“This still hasn’t hit us yet. It hasn’t hit me that this is my last game,” Cadets senior Darrien White, the Class A Most Valuable Player, said after the John Adams win in which he had 10 points, four assists and three steals. “Maybe it will tomorrow.”
Lake George (24-2) and Argyle (24-0) captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association banners. Argyle ended the season as the state’s only unbeaten team.
Watervliet (18-9, five forfeit losses), the NYSPHSAA Class B champ and Federation semifinalist, closed with a No. 3 rank. Troy (20-4), a NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinalist, ended up at No. 8.
Section II’s other state-ranked teams are Green Tech (No. 18, 17-4), Christian Brothers Academy (No. 21, 18-3) and Shaker (No. 28, 18-3) in Class AA; Scotia-Glenville (No. 9, 22-1) in Class A; Schuylerville (No. 15, 20-2), Catskill (No. 19, 19-2) and Cairo-Durham (No. 20 tie, 17-4) in Class B; Hoosic Valley (No. 11, 19-3) in Class C; and Loudonville Christian (No. 11, 19-2) in Class D.
The Troy girls (21-6) earned the No. 2 rank in Class A after winning the NYSPHSAA title. Long Island Lutheran took the No. 1 spot after beating the Flying Horses for Federation championship.
Fort Edward (22-1), a NYSPHSAA semifinalist, gained a No. 3 ranking.
Section II’s other state-ranked teams are Albany (No. 10, 20-2), Bethlehem (No. 12, 20-1), Shaker (No. 23, 18-2) and Colonie (No. 25 tie, 14-5) in Class AA; Holy Names (No. 13, 20-1) and Averill Park
(No. 18, 14-6) in Class A; Watervliet (No. 12, 21-3), Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (No. 24, 15-7) and Tamarac (No. 25 tie, 19-2) in Class B; Hoosic Valley (No. 6, 20-4), Berne-Knox-Westerlo (No. 15, 20-3) and Maple Hill (No. 19, 19-2) in Class C; and Fort Ann (No. 10, 18-3), Argyle (No. 22, 14-6) and Heatly (No. 24, 14-6) in Class D.
Chris Rockefeller and Kyle Casamiro both had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as Gloversville beat Ichabod Crane, 9-2, Monday to open its baseball schedule.
Michael Murray also had three hits and scored three runs for the Dragons.
The Dragons also beat Chatham, 9-4, as Rockefeller drove in three runs.
Andrew Morano drove in the winning run with two out in the seventh inning as Wallkill beat LaSalle, 2-1, in the first round of the Ed Mills Memorial baseball tournament.
Seamus Kelley had a double, and Jake Bernardo had two singles for LaSalle, playing its season opener. The LaSalle run scored on a wild pitch.
ICHABOD CRANE 2
Gloversville 420 100 2 — 9 14 1
Ichabod Crane 001 010 0 — 2 2 3
Rockefeller, Oathout (4), Putman (7) and Murray; Reeves, N.Ferrera (7) and Barnes.
GLOVERSVILLE 9, CHATHAM 4
Gloversville 130 102 2 — 9 11 3
Chatham 001 110 2 — 4 3 3
Casamiro and Murray; Gregg, LeClair (5) and Cox.
WALLKILL 2, LaSALLE 1
LaSalle 000 010 0 — 1 8 2
Wallkill 000 001 1 — 2 8 2
Razzano, Carmel (5) and Kelley; Pillitteri, Villifane (7) and Connors.
Alina Germinerio’s two-run double in the first inning helped Troy beat Scotia-Glenville, 4-3, in a non-league softball game.
Kaitlin DelSignore added a single, double and triple for the Flying Horses, who got a three-hitter with eight strikeouts from eighth-grader Hunter Levesque.
Hannah Angelo hit a triple for the Lady Tartans.
Scotia 100 010 1 — 3 3 0
Troy 202 000 x — 4 6 1
Meyete and Melanson; Levesque and Hallett.