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Girls lacrosse: Shaker edges Guilderland for Class A title

Lennon's late goal lifts Blue Bison to first Sectional championship

— Five different players scored goals for Shaker (16-1) during its opening onslaught. Guilderland coach Gary Chatnik called a timeout with 15:47 left in the first half, and Kelly Camardo tallied less than one minute later to begin a Lady Dutch run. By halftime, Shaker was clinging to a 6-4 lead.

"We dug ourselves a hole. Give them credit -- they (Shaker) played great," Chatnik said. "During the timeout, I told them there was a lot of game left. But Shaker was winning a lot of draws and playing a lot of offense. We needed to control the ball and get it into the cage."

Anne Rehfuss gave second-seeded Shaker a little breathing room when she scored early in the second half. But Guilderland tallied the next four goals during a seven minute time span to take the lead. Morgan Hardt had three of the Lady Dutch's four goals in that stretch.

Morrison settled down after Guilderland grabbed the lead and made two key saves while Shaker was killing off two yellow card penalties. Those saves changed the momentum, as the Blue Bison rallied for the victory.

Smith had two goals and three assists to lead Shaker's offense. Devine and Lennon each contributed a pair of goals, and Morrison made nine saves.

Hardt's hat trick paced Guilderland, which suffered its second loss of the season.

Shaker advances to Saturday's Class A regional against Section I champion North Rockland at UAlbany.

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