The Shaker girls lacrosse team is still on course for another shot at the Section II, Class A title, but not before enduring a coaching change.
Head coach Carrie Britt and assistant coach Chad Staro resigned April 25 after the Blue Bison had gotten off to a 8-1 start. Junior varsity coach Leslie Carroll has moved up and has guided Shaker to a 2-1 record since then.
We're all trying to make it a positive experience, said Carroll following Friday's 16-3 Suburban Council victory over crosstown rival Colonie. "It doesn't seem to be an issue."
"It was obviously a difficult thing for her and " especially in the middle of the season " for us," said Shaker athletic director David Herman. "We were able to find some coaches (to fill in). We were fortunate to have those people to step in."
Britt offered no specific comment as to her reasons why she resigned. "I resigned for personal reasons, and I think that Leslie Carroll is a fine coach," she said.
"Carrie's record speaks for itself," said Herman. "Over her seven years coaching the program, she built it up to a successful level, and she worked hard to build up the youth programs in the community."
Carroll said the adjustment to coaching at the varsity level was a quick one for her.
"To be honest, I've coached every single girl on this team except for two," said Carroll. "So, this has been a pretty smooth transition."
Shaker (10-2 league, 10-2 overall) didn't look like it had skipped a beat when it played Colonie Friday. The Blue Bison scored the first seven goals and never looked back in beating the Garnet Raiders in their only regular season meeting.
"Coming into a team that was already (8-1), they were already doing what they needed to do," said Carroll. "I think we just have to clean up our play a little bit."