DELMAR The Guilderland girls lacrosse team used an explosive offense and stingy defense to defeat Bethlehem 12-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council game.
Seven players scored for the undefeated Lady Dutch, and goaltender Jessica Madsen stopped three of Bethlehem's eight shots.
"We stuck to our game plan and succeeded," said Guilderland coach Gary Chetnick. "We are being aggressive, going hard to the goal and making good decisions."
"This is pretty much just what we expected of (Guilderland)," said Bethlehem rookie coach Tee Ladouceur. "They've got a lot of depth, and (they) are a good group of athletes."
Kendall Cietek, Kelly Camardo, Rebecca Golderman, Morgan Hardt and Shelby Iapoce each tallied two goals for the Lady Dutch. Ali Cardinal and Michaela Maybee also scored.
"We played well collectively. Everyone stepped up when they needed to," said Iapoce, a senior midfielder. "Today, we were really hungry to get to the ball. We were really focused, and our defense was there when they needed to be. There is always something new to learn. We must stay on our toes."
Tori McGrath scored both goals for Bethlehem, which dropped its record to 1-1 in Ladouceur's first season at the helm. Ladouceur graduated from Syracuse University last year after playing four seasons for the women's lacrosse team.
"This is a great group of girls that are hard working," said Ladouceur of her Lady Eagles roster. "If we lose, it's not going to be for lack of effort. This season, we will work on ourselves to be mentally tough. We must play as unit of 12 and not as 12 individual players."