Niskayuna girls win battle of champions

Kayla Treanor didn't look at the clock. She only looked at the goal.

Then, she unleashed a shot that gave her Niskayuna Silver Warriors the Section II Class A girls lacrosse title.

Treanor scored the go-ahead goal with 2:42 left in regulation to help Niskayuna defeat Guilderland 15-14 in Wednesday's championship game at the University at Albany.

\I didn't even realize that there was that much time left, said Treanor, who finished with five goals and three assists. "I just felt that I had to go, and I just wanted to finish my shot."

The game between the four-time defending Class A (Guilderland) and Class B champions (Niskayuna) lived up to the hype that preceeded it. There were four lead changes and eight ties, and neither team led by more than three goals.

"It was a great game to watch," said Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik. "Both teams answered each other."

The moment that shifted the momentum in Niskayuna's favor happened a short time prior to Treanor's game-winning goal. With the score tied at 14, Guilderland's Kendall Cietek was awarded an 8-meter free position shot, but Niskayuna goaltender Austen Radcliff made the save -- her 15th of the game.

"Austen played phenomenal," Niskayuna coach Pete Melito said of Radcliff. "She's a player who has grown so much over the last two months."

The Silver Warriors (15-4) cleared the ball off Radcliff's save and got it to the other end of the field, where Treanor charged in and shot the ball over Guilderland goalie Jess Madsen's shoulder.

Niskayuna then made sure Guilderland (18-2) would not get another chance to tie the game. Treanor won the ensuing draw control, and the Silver Warriors successfully kept the ball in Guilderland's half of the field for the remaining time.

"We worked on that all week," said Melito. "We'd set the clock and practice different situations, and practice paid off."

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