School lacrosse: Feisty Spartans and notes
A young Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake lacrosse team gave defending Section II Class A champion Shenendehowa a pretty good tussle Friday night in the rain at Steuerwald Stadium.
Down 7-1 early in the second quarter, the Spartans pulled within 7-5 in the third before the Plainsmen used a four-goal spurt to all but settle the issue.
Shenendehowa (2-1) prevailed, 13-7, after the teams traded goals in the final stanza
“We learned a lot in losing,” said BH-BL coach Tom Schwan, who has only two seniors in Marc Leveroni and Austin Clark. “We gained some confidence and figured some things out.”
Burnt Hills got second-quarter goals from Mike Leveroni and Max Charlton , and third-quarter goals from Jon Fitzgerald and Charlton, to claw within 7-5 with 8:40 left.
“Two things happened,” said Schwan. “We buckled down defensively, and we settled down offensively. We looked for matchups. Dodged. Moved the ball. We had long possessions, which is what we wanted so we could limit their transition.”
Pat Coll scored three goals in the first quarter for the Plainsmen and Pete Sacks’ tally made it 7-1 early in the second period.
“We made some mistakes early on and they capitalized, but we kept them from really running away,” said Schwan. “Defensively it was our best day as far as sliding. We did a good job in the second, third and fourth quarters.”
Shenendehowa struck for its four goals in less than four minutes to go up, 11-5, with Owen Putman, Brian Nelson, Coll and Sacks connecting, and Kyle Marr picking up two assists.
“They [Shenendehowa] did a really nice job of capitalizing and taking advantage of opportunities,” said Schwan.
Charlton led Burnt Hills (0-2) with three goals and Clark had two goals. Coll finished with four goals and an assist, Marr had a goal and three assists, Nelson delivered three goals, and Putman had two goals and an assist.
Goalies were not available for the game story in Saturday’s Gazette. Ben Robbins (2 saves) and Anthony Tebbano (8) shared duties for Shenendehowa. Burnt Hills played its freshman tandem of Jake Henk (2) and Dan Biesty (11).
MARR NEARS MARK
Marr had six goals and six assists and came within a point of the Shenendehowa single-game record in Tuesday’s 20-14 victory over Ballston Spa.
Ryan Weiss had 13 points for the Plainsmen on five goals and eight assists in 1991, in a 23-2 win against Colonie.
Marr tied the Shenendehowa one-game goal record with eight during the 2012 season against Saratoga Springs. Dan McAuliffe scored eight goals for Shenendehowa in 2004 against Guilderland.
Columbia has had two players score seven goals this season. Peter Herrick notched seven with an assist in the Blue Devils’ 12-2 win over Amsterdam. Gabby Childrose fired in seven goals for the Blue Devils in an 18-11 triumph against Colonie.
Albany Academy’s Matt Balter scored seven goals in a 20-2 win over Troy, and Guilderland’s Kevin Dyer amassed seven goals and two assists in a 19-9 win over Columbia.