School lacrosse: Lady Dutch storm past Eagles into final
Morgan Hardt fired in five goals, and Guilderland qualified for its seventh straight Section II Class A girls’ lacrosse title game with a 17-3 semifinal win over Bethlehem on Wednesday.
Guilderland (No. 1 seed, 15-1) soared to a 12-0 halftime lead, and beat Bethlehem (No. 4, 6-10) for the third time this season.
Cara Quimby and Katie Becker both scored three goals for the Lady Dutch, Rebecca Golderman continued her fine sophomore season with two goals and three assists, and Kaitlyn Hess made nine saves.
Guilderland and Shaker (No. 2, 15-1) will meet in Wednesday night’s 7:30 championship game at the University at Albany, with the Blue Bison defeating Shenendehowa behind Julia Lennon’s six goals and one assist, 15-6.
Sarah Cheney had two goals and an assist for Shaker, Abby Leahey struck for two goals, and Maddie Devine had a goal and three assists. Kristen Connors paced Shenendehowa (No. 3, 13-4) with three goals, and Maddie Shea added two.
Guilderland won four consecutive Class A titles before losing one-goal finals to Niskayuna in 2011 and Shaker in 2012. Lennon scored the game-winning goal in 9-8 triumph last spring when Shaker secured its first championship.
“We’ve come out on the short end the last couple of years. Hopefully, we’ll have a different ending,” said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. “We expect a close game.”
Guilderland beat Shaker, 14-11, in the lone meeting between the teams this season. Shaker has won 10 consecutive games since then. Guilderland has won nine in a row since its 13-10 setback against Longmeadow, Mass.
GUILDERLAND 17, BETHLEHEM 3
Bethlehem 0 3 — 3
Guilderland 12 5 — 17
Bethlehem scoring: Abby Seymour 1-0, Kaylee Rickert 1-0, Maeze Owens 0-1, Kim Granito 1-0. Guilderland scoring: Shannon Mackesey 1-1, Cara Quimby 3-0, Morgan Hardt 5-0, Rebecca Golderman 2-3, Ali Cardinal 2-0, Katie Becker 3-0, Isabella Sericola 0-1, Hannah Gower 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Bethlehem, M.K. McDonough, 2 saves; Lanie Kehoe, 4 saves. Guilderland, Kaitlyn Hess, 9 saves.
SHAKER 15, SHENENDEHOWA 6
Shenendehowa 1 5 — 6
Shaker 8 7 — 15
Shenendehowa scoring: Kristen Connors 3-0, Maddie Shea 2-0, Kaitlyn Curley 1-0, Kelly Wall 0-1. Shaker scoring: Sarah Cheney 2-1, Aubrey Conti 1-2, Maddie Devine 1-3, Kaitlyn Hart 1-1, Abby Leahey 2-0, Julia Lennon 6-1, Maddy Smith 1-0, Eva Torncello 1-1.
Goalkeepers: Shenendehowa, Sheeva Massoudi, 4 saves; Sarah Arnold, 2 saves. Shaker, Julia Maloney, 13 saves.