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Niskayuna field hockey no longer undefeated, but still in control

The Niskayuna field hockey team's dream of an undefeated Suburban Council season is over, but its dream of a league title is alive and well.

Shenendehowa ended the Silver Warriors (14-1) undefeated run through the league with a 2-1 double overtime win last Friday in Clifton Park. Niskayuna bounced back by beating Bethlehem 1-0 Monday on Megan Wittner's goal.

Monday's victory gave the Silver Warriors a season's sweep over Bethlehem, one of the tougher teams in the league.

Between Saratoga and Bethlehem, they're the two toughest teams for us, said Niskayuna coach Alison Broomhead. "We played very hard and very aggressive, and everything seemed to click for us."

With a victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday, Niskayuna will clinch its second Suburban Council title in the last three years. Five players from that 2007 squad are still playing for the Silver Warriors.

"I have a really great group of starters who I can trust on the field," said Broomhead. "They've been playing together since middle school."

A win over BH-BL would also assure Niskayuna of a No. 1 seed for the Section II, Class A playoffs, which begin next week.

"It would definitely be a confidence booster for us," said Broomhead. "But nothing is ever a sure thing. We can get knocked over if we don't play well.""

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