A quick left cross didn’t get it done, but another one later on did.
Shenendehowa answered a substantial run by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s feisty lacrosse team with its own scoring burst and forged a 13-7 Suburban Council win in the wind and rain Friday night at Steuerwald Stadium.
“You’ve got to give credit to them,” said Shenendehowa attackman Pat Coll. “We were up, 7-1, and they came back.”
Burnt Hills struck for four unanswered goal spanning the second and third quarters to get within 7-5. The reigning Section II Class A champions responded with four straight goals by four different players to gain control in their second league win after a season-starting loss to Lakeland/Panas.
“It was nice,” said Shenendehowa coach Jason Gifford. “The 4-0 run gave us separation and gave us energy.
“Guys finished plays. There were a lot of plays out there we didn’t finish.”
The Plainsmen were sharp in the first quarter, though, building a 6-1 advantage behind Coll’s three goals. Pete Sacks padded the lead early in the second frame.
“Burnt Hills did a good job of changing their defenses,” said Gifford. “They gave us some different looks.”
The Spartans also employed a patient, ball-control offense that chipped away. Mike Leveroni and Max Charlton scored before the first half was through, and third-quarter tallies by Jon Fitzgerald and Charlton made it 7-5 with 8:40 left.
Shenendehowa’s counter punch included superb feeds from Kyle Marr on goals by Owen Putman and Sacks to start and finish the flurry that took less than four minutes. Brian Nelson and Coll had unassisted goals in between.
“When we got the four goals, we did a good job of spreading the ball around, settling down and finding cutters,” said Coll.
That was just part of it.
“When you get runs going, you’re doing the little things like riding well and getting ground balls,” said Gifford.
Coll had an assist with his four goals, and Marr notched Shenendehowa’s final goal to make it 13-6 after the Johns Hopkins recruit picked up three assists.
“He’s just a great player,” Coll said of Marr. “He can beat his guy. It makes it easier when you have a great player like that.”
Marr came within a point of the Shenendehowa one-game record when he piled up six goals and six assists in Tuesday’s 20-14 win over Ballston Spa.
Shenendehowa 6 1 4 2 — 13
BH-BL 1 2 2 2 — 7
Shenendehowa scoring: Kyle Marr 1-3, Owen Putman 2-1, Pat Coll 4-1, Mitch Turiel 0-1, Pete Sacks 2-0, Dakota Rainville 1-0, Brian Nelson 3-0. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake scoring: Austin Clark 2-0, Mike Leveroni 1-0, Max Charlton 3-0, Jon Fitzgerald 1-0.