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Guilderland gets off to a good start

Guilderland entered Saturday's non-league game off an equally impressive 17-3 win against Bethlehem in last Thursday's Suburban Council opener in Delmar. The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Eagles (0-1) 12-1 in the first half before cruising through the final 25 minutes to win the first meeting between the two traditional Albany County girls lacrosse powers.

"The transition game and the draw control is where we lost the game, and those are things that you can only do [in practice] outside," said Bethlehem coach Dawn Austin. "Guilderland has been outside, while we've been stuck inside."

Mossop and Shelby Iapoce each recorded hat tricks, while Hardt and Kendall Cietek both had two goals and two assists for Guilderland. Mackenzie Cietek and junior attacker Brianna Phillips also tallied twice.

Kaitlyn Ayres " one of only three seniors on Bethlehem's roster " led the Lady Eagles with two goals and an assist. Junior Tori McGrath also tallied, and freshman goaltender Elaine Kehoe made six saves in her first varsity start.

"We graduated 12 seniors from last year's team," said Austin. "We have only two girls with any starting experience at the varsity level, and we have five freshmen on the team."

"Don't discount Bethlehem at all," said Chatnik. "They have a good coach and good players."

Guilderland and Bethlehem were scheduled to play Tuesday, weather permitting. Guilderland was slated to meet Columbia, while Bethlehem had a match-up with Averill Park.

"It was a good win against a quality [Fayetteville-Manlius] team, but now we have to get ready for our next game," said Chatnik. "It's a long season, and the league is getting tougher."

"We played really well over the last several minutes of that [Guilderland] game," said Austin. "I think they now know what is expected of them, and they will be ready to go out there and compete.""

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