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Bethlehem makes a statement in win against Niskayuna

Niskayuna made another run at Bethlehem late in the second half. Marie Mutryn tallied on a free position shot with 5:47 left. Then Primeau was fouled on a breakaway after winning the ensuing midfield draw, and the senior midfielder capitalized on the free position shot to make the score 6-5 with 5:06 left.

Niskayuna's rally effectively ended less than two minutes later when goaltender Karlee Blank fouled O'Donnell as O'Donnell tried to stuff a shot home. With Blank sent behind on the free position shot, O'Donnell easily got the ball into the open net to give Bethlehem a two-goal cushion. After that, the Lady Eagles controlled the ball for much of the remaining 3:19 to seal the victory.

The win didn't improve Bethlehem's playoff seeding as that was determined before the game. The Lady Eagles are the No. 4 seed in class A and will host No. 5 Columbia in next Monday's quarterfinals.

"It'll be a nice, needed rest because we only have 15 (healthy) players," said Austin. "We'll do some game planning and (go over) fundamental skills.""

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