Garden City would earn its ninth state championship a day later, fighting through overtime to beat Brighton (Section V) 12-10 for that title.
Halayko made the All-Tournament team, with Allison Pfohl earning the sportsmanship award. Pfohl and Halyako took home Brine Choice awards.
Even in defeat, Niskayuna could find plenty to be proud of. Melito said the work of 10 departing seniors, who propelled the Silver Warriors to its first-ever state final four, will have a long-term effect.
"This group of seniors have set the bar for every girl that plays lacrosse (at Niskayuna) from now on," he said. "This season was a tremendous experience.""