Shaker slows down Guilderland, but doesn't stop Dutchmen

Guilderland discovered what other Suburban Council boys lacrosse teams knew about Shaker: the Blue Bison may be down, but they are not out.

Shaker played Guilderland tight in three of the four quarters of Friday's Blue Division game in Latham, but a 3-0 third quarter helped the Dutchmen pull out a 7-4 victory.

The've got 16 kids who work hard and are pretty good ball players, said Guilderland coach Sean McConaghy. "They knew what they wanted to do, and they did it well."

What Shaker (1-6) wanted to do was slow down Guilderland's offense, and the Blue Bison ac-complished that with solid de-fense and good goaltending from sophomore Ken O'Connor, who finished with 11 saves.

"The thing we pride ourselves in is ... we don't give up fast breaks," said Shaker coach Shawn Hennessey. "We try to slow the game down because of our numbers, and we prevent fast breaks with our defense."

To its credit, Guilderland (6-0) didn't get frustrated with Shaker's defensive tactics through the first half. The Dutchmen kept passing the ball around and waited for an opening to take a shot.

"I felt we played well," said McConaghy. "We worked hard on ground balls, and our defense only gave up four goals. Our offense didn't get a lot of shots off, but their defense made certain we didn't get a lot of shots off."

It looked like Guilderland had found a way to beat Shaker's defense in the third quarter when it scored three times to take a 5-2 lead, but the Blue Bison were able to slow the pace down again in the fourth quarter.

"They had the ball pretty much for the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter," said McConaghy. "That was pretty frustrating."

Travis Moore scored two goals, and Quinn Connell contributed a goal and two assists for Guilderland. Mike Gifford tallied twice for Shaker.

Guilderland and Shaker returned to action Tuesday. Guil-derland traveled to three-time defending Section II champion Niskayuna, while Shaker hosted Shenendehowa.""

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