"A great goalie save turns many games around, and the kids see that," said Chatnik.
Branchini doubled Guilderland's lead to four goals with a pair of late first half tallies " the first of which required the University at Albany-bound senior to use her field hockey skills. Branchini lost the handle on a shot in front of the Bethlehem goal, but she scooped the loose ball by Rae Mahon for a 4-1 lead.
"There's no turning back after that," said Branchini, who tallied again a couple of minutes after her first goal. "Once you have the momentum, you can't let it go."
Bethlehem stayed close through the first five minutes of the second half, but Guilderland pulled away for good with a three-goal spurt. Chelsey Newman got the run going with a free position tally to make the score 7-3. Best then scored from a tough angle, and Courtney Davis added a free position goal after being fouled by Mahon to put the Lady Dutch ahead by six goals.
"Nobody on this team is afraid to go to the goal, and nobody's afraid to take a shot," said Chatnik.
Best, Branchini, Fashouer and Newman all scored two goals to lead a balanced Guilderland attack. Ladouceur and Kayleigh Hynes each tallied twice for Bethlehem.
Though Guilderland locked up the league title and the top seed with the win against Bethlehem, both coaches acknowledged the Sectional championship is up for grabs, especially when Shaker and Saratoga are factored into the equation.
"We've been saying all year that you can't take anybody for granted," said Chatnik. "Any one of six teams could win it."
"We've split with Shaker, we've split with Guilderland and that's the way a tough league should be," said Austin.""