When the girls on the Scotia-Glenville lacrosse team begin to complain about another sprint or another drill next season, coach Ashleigh Mahoney just might pull out her regional trump card.
“It’s ammunition,” she said after Saturday’s 17-2 Class C setback against Bronxville. “I can tell them, ‘Remember that feeling.’ They may not want to, but it happened, and it’s something I can use.”
Scotia-Glenville’s best season in years ended at the University at Albany, just days after its 8-6 Section II title-game victory there against Albany Academy.
“It’s something we needed to see. We needed to experience that level of play,” said Mahoney. “We’ve got to continue to push, push, push to reach that level.”
Bronxville (Section I, 21-1) controlled the center draws and used its outstanding stick skill to build an 11-0 halftime lead. Scotia-Glenville got a second-half goal from Maddy Carroll and another from Myah Hughes, who will be among the players asked to step up next season.
“We made a lot of mistakes early in the game. Against a team like that, you have to be sharp,” said Mahoney. “What can we take from that? Make a mistake and you can’t get it back.
“We had a tough day,” the second-year coach added. “Bronxville has been here before, and for us it was new, but overall, our season was great.”
“You’ve got to look at the positives,” said Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake coach Jake McHerron, whose daughter, Abbie, was the Tartans’ standout Saturday with 10 saves. “You’ve got to look at how far you made it and think, ‘Why can’t we go further? Why can’t we be just as good or better?’ ”
The Academy win was the 16th for the Tartans, who prevailed 11 times last year and six times in 2013.
“This season was unbelievable. It’s going to motivate us to play in the winter, stick together, keep working hard,” said Abbie McHerron, a freshman who made several point-blank stops. “The goal is to come back and win again. We don’t want to be a one-hit wonder. We want to prove we’re good.”
“Look at Northwestern and Maryland at the college level. They never settle. They win, and they’re constantly looking to get better. It’s a journey,” said Jake McHerron. “How can we do something different to find the next great thing?”
Bronxville (21-1), the state’s top-ranked Class C team, and Section II Class B runner-up Queensbury (16-2) twice, were the only teams to beat Scotia-Glenville this spring.
“I have no words,” said Hughes, a sophomore. “This season was a great experience.”
“I’m so proud of the girls,” said Abbie McHerron. “They played with heart all year. Even at the end today, in the last minute, they never gave up.”
Mahoney made note of that.
“The girls that came off the bench played wonderful,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for more. They gave it everything they had.”
Bronxville got a quick goal from Lucy Hanrahan and Scotia-Glenville had an opportunity to answer soon after, but Cara Zanta piped a shot, and the Broncos began to pour it on. They held an 8-0 advantage before the regional championship was 10 minutes old.
“We couldn’t get that momentum going,” said Mahoney. “We got behind too quick.”
Scotia-Glenville will be losing eight seniors from a team that finished in front of the Section II pack for the first time since the 2004 season, including Carroll and Zanta, the offensive stars in the Academy game.
“Next year? You never know. Only one team in each class ends up winning their last game,” said Mahoney. “What I can say is the girls we have coming back are strong and fast.”
Bronxville defeated Albany Academy 14-4 in last year’s regional title game.
Bronxville 11 6 — 17
Scotia-Glenville 0 2 — 2
Bronxville scoring: Beth Finley 2-0, Mason Warble 2-0, Christina Brumbaugh 1-0, Lucy Hanrahan 2-1, Ellie Walsh 3-1, Lilly Grass 3-3, Allie Berkery 2-0, Caroline Chaney 2-1. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Maddy Carroll 1-0, Myah Hughes 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Bronxville, Chase Judkins, 5 saves. Scotia-Glenville, Abbie McHerron, 10 saves.