Shaker’s Sarah Cheney, left, looks for a teammate to pass to during the Blue Bison’s 15-6 semifinal victory over Saratoga Springs Thursday, May 15.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
Shaker’s offense — and specifically Julia Lennon — has been piling on the goals this season. Lennon leads Section II with 83 goals entering Wednesday’s final, the last seven of which came in the semifinal victory over Saratoga. Sarah Cheney has contributed 37 goals and 31 assists this season, while Kailyn Hart has added 36 goals.
However, Guilderland’s offense has been equally efficient this season. The Lady Dutch also boast three players with 30 or more goals, led by Morgan Hardt (73).
DePaula-Lynch said the Guilderland player she’s most concerned about is midfielder Cara Quimby. The junior has scored at least three goals in each of the Lady Dutch’s last eight games, including a six-goal afternoon in Guilderland’s 18-8 semifinal win against Shenendehowa May 15.
“They’ve had Cara Quimby come alive again,” said DePaula-Lynch. “Something turned around for them, and we have to figure it out.”
Ultimately, DePaula-Lynch said she expects another tight game between Shaker and Guilderland when they meet Wednesday.
“We are determined to win,” said DePaula-Lynch. “This group of seniors deserves it, at least.”