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COLONIE: Lady Bison earn important win

The Shaker girls lacrosse team registered a historic victory last week.

The Lady Bison built a 6-3 half-time lead and held on for an 11-9 Suburban Council win against Bethlehem Friday at Union College.

It was the first time in nearly a decade that Shaker had beaten Bethlehem, which has won the last eight Section II championships.

That was a pivotal game for us this season, said Shaker coach Carrie Britt. "We made beating Bethlehem a goal this year."

The Lady Bison (3-2 league, 3-3 overall) led by scores of 4-0 and 10-5 before Bethlehem rallied late in the second half.

"We knew that if we had let up for one second, that game could have gone the other way," said Britt. "So we knew we had to play the second half even harder than the first half, which we did."

Abi Rehfuss led the Shaker attack with three goals and two assists. Devan DalCol also notched a hat trick, while Lexi DalCol and Katherine Thomas each added two goals.

"You have seven players up front, and there aren't any teams whose seven defenders can match up with my seven players on attack," said Britt.

The victory highlighted a good week for the Lady Bison. Two days earlier, they defeated Shenendehowa 16-8 behind four-goal performances from Thomas, Lexi DalCol and Caroline Rehfuss. They also beat Niskayuna 11-8 April 9, with Lexi DalCol leading the attack with six goals. Their lone loss was a 14-6 setback against Section I power Yorktown Saturday.

"I have a very talented group of players who are playing very well together," said Britt.

The Lady Bison have another tough non-league game ahead of them this week when they visit CBA of Syracuse Friday.""

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