Burnt Hills Just when Shaker thought it had the momentum, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake took it right back.
The Spartans scored three consecutive goals late in the fourth quarter to thwart Shaker's comeback bid and beat the Blue Bison 12-10 in Thursday's Suburban Council boys lacrosse game in Burnt Hills.
"It's a big win," said BH-BL coach Tom Schwan. "It's nice to go 3-0 (to start the season)."
Shaker (1-1) rallied from a 9-5 deficit to tie the game at 9 midway through the fourth quarter before Trevor Hiss scored the go-ahead goal for BH-BL with 5:10 left in regulation. Austin Clark made the score 11-9 a short time later, and Hiss added another goal to seal Shaker's fate.
"The nice thing is at 9-9, our guys gathered themselves and scored the next three goals," said Schwan.
"You've got to play all 48 minutes," said Shaker coach Shawn Hennessy. "We weren't very sharp today, and they're a very athletic team and very well coached."
BH-BL goaltender Lucas Carter was a big factor early on. Carter made several saves in the first quarter to help the Spartans build a 3-2 lead.
"He's stepped in and done a great job," Schwan said of Carter, who finished with 18 saves. "Lucas has definitely shown himself to be very capable."
Tom Kenneally scored less than one minute into the second quarter to increase BH-BL's lead to 4-2. Joey Chiara pulled Shaker within a goal a short time later before Logan Ball, Eric Dillon and Tom Ruppell tallied to put the Spartans ahead 7-3 at halftime.
Shaker dominated the time of possession in the third quarter, but the Blue Bison were only able to trim the deficit to 9-6 thanks to several more saves from Carter. Shaker put together a strong run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9 before fading down the stretch.
"We knew at halftime that they would fight their way back into this game because they are a good team," said Schwan.
Clark finished with a hat trick to lead a balanced BH-BL attack. Hiss contributed two goals and three assists, and Nick Vincent added two goals and two assists.
Chiara recorded three goals and four assists, and Stephen Farrell chipped in with two goals for Shaker.