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Niskayuna girls lacrosse makes history

For the first time, the Niskayuna girls lacrosse team's exploits superceded those of the Niskayuna boys lacrosse team.

After winning their second consecutive Section II, Class B title, the Niskayuna girls edged Section I power Yorktown 13-12 and advanced through regionals to the state semifinals, where they lost to perennial state powerhouse Garden City 17-4 and finished with a 15-6 record.

Along the way, the senior-laden Silver Warriors showed they weren't just one of the best Class B teams in the state, but they were also one of the best overall teams in Section II. They finished third in the Suburban Council standings with a 10-5 record behind Class A champion Guilderland and Class A runner-up Shaker. And Niskayuna was limited to five or fewer goals only three times in 21 games.

Seniors provided much of Niskayuna's scoring punch. Leanna Pace led the way with 59 goals and 14 assists, while Allison Pfohl contributed 43 goals and 15 assists. Carly Richards (32 goals, 22 assists), Jennifer Primeau (38 goals, 11 assists) and Marie Mutryn (30 goals, 14 assists) also played key roles in the Silver Warriors offense.

Pace, Pfohl, Richards, Primeau, Mutryn and the rest of Niskayuna's 10 seniors will be remembered for bringing the Silver Warriors to the top of the Section II heap.

This group of seniors have set the bar for every girl that plays lacrosse (at Niskayuna) from now on," said Niskayuna coach Pete Melito. "This season was a tremendous experience. I'm proud and pleased with everyone on this team."

The Niskayuna boys lacrosse team also had a successful season. The Silver Warriors won their fourth consecutive Sectional title by beating upstart Shaker 8-4 in the Class A finals, but their run at a state semifinal appearance ended with a 9-6 regional loss to Yorktown.

Niskayuna (21-1) was perfect against Section II competition this season, but it wasn't easy. The Silver Warriors had several close victories over the likes of Guilderland, Shenendehowa, Ballston Spa, Colonie and Shaker. Still, those wins " plus non-league victories over John Jay-Cross River and Massachusetts power Duxbury " helped the Silver Warriors earn a top-20 national ranking.

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