Colonie, Shaker advance in lacrosse playoffs

"We knew we weren't playing our best," said Colonie attacker Garrett Dollard, who led the Garnet Raiders with three goals and two assists. "We had to start playing our style because we played their style for most of the first half."

"We knew they were going to keep coming," said CBA coach Tom Schwan. "They picked up their level of play in the second half, and I think we dropped our level of play."

Schwan said the turning point came in the final 30 seconds of the second quarter when CBA (14-6) fired a quick shot at Colonie goaltender Matt Hamilton and missed. The Garnet Raiders capitalized by quickly charging to the other end and scoring to close the deficit to 6-5.

Colonie took its first lead midway through the third quarter. CBA pulled even on Andrew Vivian's fourth goal of the game, but D.J. O'Connell tallied less than a minute later to give the Garnet Raiders an 8-7 lead. Colonie went on to score the last five goals of the game.

"Nobody outworks our team in practice, so when the second half comes around, we wear teams down," said Colonie coach Mike Joyce.

"They were the better team tonight," said Schwan. "In the overall scheme of things, they played better than we did, and they deserved to win."

O'Connell and Dan Sofia both had hat tricks, while John Charton and Brian Sleasman each tallied twice for Colonie, which met top-seeded Niskayuna in Tuesday's second semifinal.

In girls lacrosse action, top-seeded Guilderland won its second consecutive Section II, Class A title with an 18-10 victory over No. 2 Shaker in last Thurs-day's final at Union College. Lexi DalCol scored three goals, and Kat Thomas added two goals and three assists for Shaker.""

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