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Girls lacrosse: Lennon leads Shaker past Niskayuna

Bison take over sole possession of second place

— Julia Lennon felt like it would be her day, and it was.

The sophomore scored four goals including the eventual game winner to lead the Shaker girls lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory over Niskayuna in Saturday's Suburban Council game.

"I really felt I was going to have a big game today," Lennon said. "I was really pumped up and came to play."

Lennon scored twice in the first half to help Shaker (8-1 league, 8-1 overall) a 3-1 halftime lead. Niskayuna (8-2, 8-3) rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the second half before goals by Lauren Smith and Lennon turned the tide for the Blue Bison.

"Offensively, we just tried to keep possession of the ball as long as we could," said second-year Shaker coach Courntey Hill. "As long as we have the ball, they (Niskayuna) can't score. We did a good job of controlling the ball and were patient."

"We had some shots we just didn't capitalize on," Niskayuna coach Peter Melito said. "Defensively, we played great. Shaker had the ball for 20 minutes that first half, and we allowed them just three goals. We go up 5-4, and then we miss a few (scoring) opportunities and Shaker comes right back."

Lennon scored her first goal two minutes into the first half to give Shaker a 1-0 lead. Emily Ryan tied the game for Niskayuna with a free-position goal, but Katie Cheney tallied off a pass from Smith with 11:29 left to put the Blue Bison back in front. Lennon finished the half by scoring off a feed from Cheney with 23.3 seconds left.

The second half started much like the first half did, as Lennon scored less than two minutes in to give Shaker a 4-1 lead. Niskayuna's offense got going, though, and scored the next four goals. Kelly Schlansker started the rally with a goal off Ryan's pass. Kayla Treanor and Ritchie Assini tallied within 27 seconds of each other to tie the game at 4, and Treanor capped the run with her second goal of the day.

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