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Niskayuna wins sixth straight title, but not without a battle

The Niskayuna boys lacrosse team won its sixth consecutive Section II title, but not before meeting resistance from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans.

Guy Waltman scored four goals, and Matt Sexton added two goals and four assists to lead the Silver Warriors past the Spartans 14-4 in Tuesday's Class B championship game at the University at Albany.

I'm just happy for the guys, said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. "For me, it's great to win another Sectional title. For some of these guys, it's their fourth, and for others it's their first."

BH-BL (10-9) didn't roll over for top-seeded Niskayuna (15-4), though. Goaltender Connor Nash stopped 17 of the 31 shots he faced, and the third-seeded Spartans played as physical as the Silver Warriors.

"We had a new defense out there, and I thought they buckled down and played great," said Nash. "They only really allowed outside shots."

"He's an excellent goalie without a doubt, and I'm psyched that he got to show that tonight," said BH-BL coach Tom Schwan. "It's not just the 17 saves he had. He's improved greatly in terms of communicating with his defense."

Waltman got things going quickly for Niskayuna. The first two shots he took got past Nash to put the Silver Warriors ahead 2-0 less than three minutes into the game.

"It was just a motivational thing," said Waltman. "We just wanted to come out fast and play hard."

Nash settled down quickly, stopping three point-blank shots before Sexton scored off a pass by Justin McKinney with 5:07 left in the first quarter.

It wouldn't be the last time that Sexton and McKinney teamed up to score a goal for Niskayuna. Three of the Silver Warriors' next seven goals involved passes between Sexton and McKinney.

"With Mark Panneton being out [with an injury], Matt Sexton's really stepped up for us," said Vorgang.

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