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Area athletes excelled in 2008

Spring

The Niskayuna boys lacrosse team kept its string of Section II titles going by beating Shaker 8-4 in the Class A finals. It was the Silver Warriors' fifth consecutive Sectional championship, and it completed an unbeaten run through the region.

While Niskayuna maintained its reputation as the Section's premier boys lacrosse program, Shaker became the Cinderella story of the spring sports season. After winning just four games in the regular season, the Blue Bison upset second-seeded Guilderland and No. 3 Shen to reach the finals.

The Guilderland and Niskayuna girls lacrosse teams reached the state final four in their respective classes for the first time. Guilderland defeated Shaker in the Class A Sectional finals and Kingston in the regionals before losing to eventual state champion Farmingdale 16-10 in the state semis, while Niskayuna cruised past its Sectional and regional competition before falling to Long Island power Garden City 17-4 in the Class B semis.

Bethlehem Central High School alumni Mike Leveille and Katie Rowan made their mark on the collegiate lacrosse world. Leveille helped the Syracuse University men's lacrosse team win the NCAA title with a six-goal, two-assist performance in the Final Four, while Rowan guided Syracuse's women's team to the Final Four with a school-record 73 goals and 69 assists.

Leveille picked up several honors for his efforts. The senior won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top collegiate player, along with the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, and he was picked third overall in the Major League Lacrosse's draft. Rowan was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist on the women's lacrosse side and a first-team All-American along with Syracuse teammate and fellow Bethlehem graduate Halley Quillinan.

Elsewhere at the collegiate level, Guilderland High School graduate Nicole Tetreault helped Hamilton win the NCAA Division III women's title with a goal and an assist in the championship game.

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