While Niskayuna was denied in its bid to make Section II lacrosse history in the state tournament, the Silver Warriors did so off the field, in terms of season-ending awards.
Niskayuna’s prolific attack unit of Luke Goldstock, Lucas Maloney and Mike D’Amario has received US Lacrosse All-America honors after leading their team to the state Class B semifinals and 21 victories.
“It’s never happened,” said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. “Three guys from the same school at the same position, that’s a first.”
Niskayuna also had three first-team All-Americans last year, with faceoff specialist Tanner MacIvor and attackman Matt Sexton joining Goldstock. Niskayuna also had three first-team All-Americans in 2009 with midfielder Dan McKinney, attackman Jared Franze and defenseman Steve Abba, and in 2005 with goaltender Noah Fossner and midfielders Mark Bryan and Basil Daratsos.
“The biggest thing is they had good chemistry. They genuinely like each other, and you could see that when they played,” Vorgang said of his standout trio, who combined for 331 points. “They were about winning games, and they did it together.”
Section II’s top-three point producers helped Niskayuna average over 17 goals per game, and win Suburban Council, Section II and regional championships before a 10-9 state semifinal loss to Garden City. That was the only loss for the Silver Warriors, who had hopes of becoming Section II’s first state titlist.
Goldstock, a North Carolina-bound senior, amassed 76 goals, 42 assists and 118 points. D’Amario, a junior who has committed to Virginia, totaled 72 goals, 44 assists and 116 points. Maloney, a Penn State-bound senior, finished with 73 goals, 24 assists and 97 points.
“They all bring different things to the table. Mike is a righty and Luke is a lefty, and they’re outstanding handling the ball. Lucas can handle it, too, and he’s very good working inside,” said Vorgang. “What they have in common is all three are great mid-range shooters, and they shot really well this year.”
Goldstock scored seven goals twice to go with a six-goal effort. Maloney had an eight-goal game and D’Amario twice notched six goals. D’Amario scored a team-high four goals in the Garden City game.
“Having three guys like that is super difficult to defend,” said Vorgang. “It was tough to guard all three.”
The attackmen many times gave up a chance to shoot in order to make an extra feed. Moreover, the guy who caught that pass would many times dish the ball to one of the others, or to an open midfielder.
“We talked a lot about making the extra pass, and they did. They didn’t care how we got our goals, as long as we got them. They shared the ball,” said Vorgang. “That often left one of them and the goalie one-on-one.”
Goldstock set the Section II single-season record in 2012 with 83 goals. He is the fifth two-time All-American from Niskayuna following Dan Newman (1996-97), Bryan (2004-05), Fossner (2005-06), Dan McKinney (2008-09).
Senior midfielder Brian Rogers of state Class A semifinalist Shenendehowa and senior defenseman
Peter Reilly of Big 10 champ Christian Brothers Academy are Section II’s other US Lacrosse first-team All-Americans.
Rogers scored five goals including the overtime game-winner when Shenendehowa beat Yorktown early in the season, 12-11, and struck for seven goals when the Plainsmen topped Shaker, 18-10, in the Section II final.
Urys fourth at nationals
Mekeel Christian Academy senior Jacob Urys placed fourth in the Emerging Elite mile Friday at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University.
The top four runners all came from the same section, with Urys clocking a 4:18.52. Billy Bund of Lake Forest (Illinois) won the race in 4:15.47, followed by Matthew Novak of Glen Allen (Virginia) in 4:16.88, and Will Shafer of New Gloucester (Maine) in 4:18.31.
It was a bounce-back performance for Urys, who placed ninth among Division 2 1,600 runners at last Saturday’s state meet. The Mount Olive (North Carolina)-bound Urys also placed third in the state D2 800.
Bethlehem’s 3,200-meter relay team of Zach Flagler, Alex Carlson, Connor Armbruster and Steve Booker placed eighth in their Emerging Elite section (8:18.11) and 29th overall Saturday.
In Emerging Elite field competition, James Steck of Shaker tied for fourth in the pole vault at 14-8 1⁄4,
Brian Greenberg of Bethlehem went 44-1⁄2 for eighth and Jordan Crump-King of Shaker went 44-0 for ninth in the triple jump and Isaiah Turek of Ichabod Crane placed 13th in the high jump with a 6-2.
Chanel Thomas of Gloversville was 12th (2,468) after three events in the Championship Division heptathlon. The junior took seventh in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the high jump, but finished 16th in the shot put.
In the Freshman Division, Leah Moran of Stillwater placed sixth in the long jump (16-10).
What they’re doing
Johnstown graduate Cody Cooper was recently selected to the United States men’s under-20 field hockey team.
Cooper was a member of Johnstown’s Section II Class B championship team as a senior in 2011 and was tabbed a Foothills Council first-team all-star.
Cooper was one of 27 players chosen for the national U20 team following the invite-only California Cup late last month. After that tryout competition, the United State’s men’s senior, development and
under-17 teams were also picked.
The U20 and U17 teams will attend a training camp June 18-22 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cal. . . .
Niskayuna graduate Kayla Treanor closed out her freshman year at Syracuse University as the second-leading goal scorer among NCAA Division I lacrosse players with 71. Treanor was also sixth
nationally with 95 points.
She became the first Syracuse freshman to earn first-team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Treanor made the All-Northeast Region and Big East first teams, and was named the Big East tournament MVP. While in high school, Treanor was a three-time US Lacrosse All-American.
Syracuse (18-4) went unbeaten in the Big East before claiming its tourney title, and advanced to the NCAA semifinals before losing to Maryland by a goal.