Adirondack came close to proving Motsiff correct. The Lynx defeated the Laurels 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals last Friday at Clifton Common before losing to Long Island 2-0 in Sunday's conference final at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. A victory over Long Island would have placed Adirondack in the WPSL semifinals this weekend in Salt Lake City.
"When you set an expectation and you have players who buy into it, anything can happen," said Motsiff. "These guys aren't in it for themselves. They're in it for the team."
Several Section II players had a hand " or a foot " in Adirondack's success. Shenendehowa graduate Ashley Moore led the Section II contingent on Adirondack's roster with five goals, including a four-goal effort in a 5-3 win over New York Athletic Club June 24. Niskayuna's Brooke Knowlton notched two goals and two assists in four games, and Guilderland graduate Deanna Wachtel contributed two goals. Bethlehem's Vanessa Patry also reached the score sheet in a game against Boston June 10.
"It's great soccer out here," said Knowlton, who is entering her senior year at Niskayuna High School. "Everyone plays college soccer, and I'm still in high school. So, this is getting me ready for college."
Other current or former Section II players that were on Adirondack's roster included Colonie's Caitlin Colfer, Heather Hahn and Erin McGarry of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Scotia-Glenville's Katelyn Bosy and Shen's Ashley Clinton, Erinn Flaherty and Chelsea Maguire.
The players will go their separate ways now that the inaugural season is over, but the foundation they built will raise the expectations for future Adirondack Lynx teams.
"Just coming near .500 this year would have been nice because we would have known what to do for next year," said Wirfel.""