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Guilderland gets off to a good start

Here is a scary thought for the rest of the Suburban Council:

The Guilderland girls lacrosse team has scored 35 goals in its first two games, and the Lady Dutch aren't at full strength yet.

Guilderland's latest outburst came Saturday with an 18-14 victory over Section III power Fayetteville-Manlius at Herkimer Community College. The Lady Dutch (1-0 league, 2-0 overall) jumped out to a 12-6 halftime lead and held on for the four-goal victory.

Offensively, we're very pleased, but we have a lot of work to do defensively, said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. "The good thing is things are falling into place for us."

Erin Mossop had the game of her life for Guilderland. The senior attacker scored a school-record 10 goals and added two assists.

"She had an outstanding performance," said Chatnik. "Erin is a great team player, but everything set up perfectly for her."

But as Chatnik pointed out, Mossop wasn't the only player contributing for Guilderland against Fayetteville-Manlius. The Cietek twins " Kendall and Mackenzie " each had two goals and an assist, while freshman Morgan Hardt chipped in with a pair of goals.

"Even though Erin scored 10 goals, we had six other kids score goals," said Chatnik. "That's how we play."

Guilderland has been scoring goals in bunches without junior attacker Kelly Camardo, who suffered a leg injury prior to the start of the season.

"I think when Kelly comes back, that's going to be a big boost for us," said Chatnik.

The defense has also been solid for Guilderland, even though Fayetteville-Manlius found the net 14 times. Junior goaltender Jessica Madsen had seven saves to help the Lady Dutch hold on for the win.

"I think Jess is the top goalie in the area, and she hasn't let us down yet," said Chatnik. "The goals she gave up were point-blank shots."

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