Lacrosse honors spring up for Mike Leveille

Another Bethlehem grad, Halley Quillinan, also played a major role in Syracuse's success. The sophomore scored 63 goals and was named a first team All-American along with Rowan.

Rowan and Quillinan had the opportunity to show off their lacrosse skills locally when Syracuse visited the University at Albany in April. Quillinan netted five goals, and Rowan scored four goals and assisted on four more to help the Orange pull away for a 21-11 victory over the Great Danes.

"It's fun to come home and play here," said Quillinan. "We never played here in college before."

The game was as much of a Bethlehem lacrosse alumni reunion as it was a homecoming for Rowan and Quillinan. Three former Lady Eagles played on UAlbany's side " Tee Ladouceur, Tricia Primomo and Mackenzie Riegel. And standing on Syracuse's sideline as an assistant coach was John Battaglino, who coached all five players at Bethlehem.

"It's fun because they're great players," said Primomo of playing against Rowan and Quillinan. "It was a lot like high school, but they picked up a few new things since then."

While Bethlehem grads were making their mark on the national lacrosse scene, the Bethlehem Central High School baseball team was making its mark on the local scene. The Eagles won the Suburban Council Gold Division title and reached the Section II, Class AA semifinals before falling to eventual champion LaSalle 6-1.

Bethlehem accomplished all of this while watching assistant coach Pete Dorwaldt battle cancer.

"They wanted to win it for him, they really did," said Bethlehem coach Rob Helm, who played for Dorwaldt as an Albany Academy student three decades earlier. "They really wanted to win that Sectional title."

Bethlehem wasn't the only school to have a successful baseball team. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk won its first Colonial Council title in 39 years after compiling a 14-2 league record. And although the Indians fell in the first round of the Class B Sectionals, it was still a memorable season.

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