NISKAYUNA: Warriors pass early test

If the Niskayuna boys lacrosse team is going to win its fourth consecutive Section II, Class A title, it will need more performances like the one it had last Thursday against Shenendehowa.

Three Silver Warriors scored two goals, and Niskayuna's defense frustrated Shen's attack all day in a 9-2 Suburban Council victory at the University at Albany's Fallon Field.

The win came two days after the Silver Warriors (3-0) downed Guilderland 14-2 on the same field.

We beat two of the better teams in the Suburban Council, so it was good, said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. "I don't think any of those teams had been on the field much before we played them."

"We are fairly young, and we need to experience some of the things that we saw against Niskayuna," said Shen coach Mark McQuade.

It took a while for Niskayuna to get its offense going against a stubborn Shen defense. Ben Romer got the Silver Warriors on the scoreboard with a goal off a feed from Nick DiSarro with 8:56 left in the first quarter, but it took more than four minutes before Rob Prendergast tallied to give Niskayuna a 2-0 lead.

The Plainsmen (1-3) cut Niskayuna's lead in half on Kevin Bloss' goal, but Dan McKinney scored with 1:26 left in the first quarter to put the Silver Warriors ahead 3-1. Romer and DiSarro then netted second quarter goals to extend Niskayuna's advantage to four goals heading into halftime.

Niskayuna had to remain patient on offense in the third quarter, but a pair of quick strikes helped put the game away. McKinney ripped a shot past Bob Wardwell from the top of the box midway through the period for his second goal of the game, and Steve Lefebvre tallied a minute later to make the score 7-1.

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