Scotia-Glenville’s Eric Denny, left, and Jake Trainor, right, converge on a loose ball as Glens Falls’ Jared Strong tries to knock it away during last Saturday’s Section II Class C championship game.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
Amsterdam Matt Mender slammed the door shut on the Scotia-Glenville boys lacrosse team.
The Glens Falls goaltender stopped eight of the 10 shots he faced in the second half to help the Indians defeat their Foothills Council rivals 8-5 in Saturday's Section II Class C championship game in Amsterdam.
"That's not the first time he's done this to us," Scotia-Glenville coach Darren Van Heusen said of Mender, who finished the afternoon with 15 saves. "I think he made 21 saves the (last) time we played them."
The game started well for Scotia-Glenville. Everett Ackerman and Ben Connelly scored 90 seconds apart early in the first quarter to give the Tartans a 2-0 lead.
Glens Falls clawed its way back in the second quarter. McGuirk tallied off a pass from Matt Parsons with 8:01 left to get the Indians on the scoreboard. McGuirk then added a goal with 4:57 on the clock to tie the game at 2.
Nick Leffler briefly put Scotia-Glenville in front again when he scored on a breakaway 2:30 before halftime, but Carl Sopczyk tallied for Glens Falls 15 seconds later to tie the game at 3.
The seesaw battle continued early in the third quarter as the teams traded goals. But after Scotia-Glenville's Matt Renko tied the score at 5 with 5:42 left, Tyler Mello scored a fast break goal 17 seconds later to give Glens Falls a 6-5 lead.
Mender made certain that Scotia-Glenville never pulled even again. After Parsons scored for Queensbury, Mender made two key saves in the final 1:50 of the third quarter to maintain a 7-5 lead. Mender added four saves in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Zack Gerard turned away six shots for Scotia-Glenville, which finished the season with a 9-9 record.