Clifton Park Despite a slow start, the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team continued its string of Suburban Council victories by defeating Bethlehem 17-9 Thursday night.
Mike Jenkins had four goals and five assists, and Kyle Marr added four goals for the Plainsmen (5-1 league, 5-2 overall), who haven't lost a league game since falling to Niskayuna in the season opener.
"Credit my teammates," said Jenkins. "When I was open, my teammates found me. My assists were my teammates filling the lanes. They did the work. They caught it (the ball) and put it in the net."
Bethlehem (1-5, 1-6) led 4-3 late in the first quarter before Joe Romano struck for a pair of goals to put Shen ahead to stay.
"We got off to a slow start," said Shen coach Chuck Holohan. "We are so young that sometimes we come out trying not so hard to play. We come out taking things for granted. That's a sign of youth."
Brian Rogers tallied the first and last goals of the second quarter to help Shen extend its lead. Jenkins scored twice, and Marr added one as the Plainsmen built an 11-6 halftime advantage.
Bethlehem refused to go away. Brad Bettinger and Liam Christensen scored in the first minute of the third quarter to cut Shen's lead to 11-8.
The Eagles ran out of steam after that flurry, though. The Plainsmen closed out the game on a 6-1 run to pull away.
"We played a pretty solid game tonight," said Bethlehem coach David Rounds, whose team was depleted by the absence of several players who were performing in a school concert. "We were down on our bench, and we just ran out of steam. Give them (Shen) a lot of credit. They buried us in transition. To me, that was the game."
"This team is very young, so every quarter of every game is like a roller coaster ride," Holohan said. "When they play hard and keep to the basics, they play well."
Christensen and John Gosstola each had hat tricks for Bethlehem, which has won once in its first seven games. Goaltender Dan Comber made 35 saves.
"We've been competitive in every single game. We do not have a big bench, so we are going to get tired," said Rounds. "Our record may make people look at us and take us lightly. That's okay."