"It's the kids. Every year, you've got a fresh new crop of faces coming in, and that's really what it's all about," said Shen coach Juan de la Rocha.
April through June
A new era in girls lacrosse began when Shaker eliminated eight-time Sectional champion Bethlehem with a thrilling 16-15 double overtime victory in the semifinals. That meant for the first time in Section II girls lacrosse history, neither Bethlehem nor Saratoga Springs would play for the title. Instead, Shaker met Guilderland on May 31 for the title.
"What I love about this year's final is you have two brand new teams, which is nice," said Shaker coach Carrie Britt following her team's semifinal win. "And you know it's going to be a close game."
Britt's words proved to be prophetic, though the outcome wasn't what she hoped for as Guilderland defeated Shaker 9-7 for its first title. Danielle Tetreault tallied five times to lead the Lady Dutch.
"She was smart enough to get the right match-ups," Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik said of Tetreault. "On three of her goals, she made some great cuts to get to the net."
Niskayuna also won its first Sectional title in girls lacrosse as it defeated Averill Park 20-5 in the class B final. Leanne Pace scored a school-record eight goals to lead the Silver Warriors.
On the boys' side, Niskayuna's Sectional championship streak continued as the Silver Warriors knocked off Guilderland 11-9 in the class A finals. It was the third consecutive year that Niskayuna defeated Guilderland for the title, but this one was much closer as the Silver Warriors rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, built an 11-5 lead and then fended off a late Dutchmen charge.
"I think it was really important (to win this title)," said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. "We only had a few guys coming back who played a lot last year, so we needed some of the newer players to step up."