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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

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The Saratogian
TROY -- Its been more than 2 1/2 months since the Schuylerville boys lacrosse team took the field for the first time as a varsity unit.
On Thursday afternoon all that time, effort and practices paid off as the Black Horses dismissed Greenwich-Cambridge, 10-4, in the Section II Class C semifinal at RPI's Ned Harkness turf lacrosse field.
The Black Horses dominated every category Thursday, leading the Witches in ground balls, 40-19, and shot attempts, 37-18. Witches goalie Matt Bartuck held the lone advantage, turning back 16 shots while Schuylerville stopper J.P. Gove was credited with four stops.
"They out-hustled us, outuplayed us the whole game," Greenwich coach Bob Sipperly said. "Greenwich-Cambridge played one of the worst games of the year in that category."
Schuylerville was led by Tony Casimano's four goals on the day along with Jake Zakrzewski and Colton Barber firing in two each. Dave Ferris and Sean Jason each tallied a goal for the Black Horses.
"This was a challenge, but a fun challenge," Tony Casimano said "This team is full of hard workers that want to come to lacrosse practice each day."
The control that Schuylerville showed in the semifinal wasn't by chance.
"You have to credit my volunteer assistant coach Jim Gilman, he put together a great game plan," Schuylerville coach Bill Battaglia said. "The last time we played they surprised us with a couple things. Me, I could have been a little over confident in that game too."
With Gilman's scouting report, the Black Horses executed their game plan to perfection.
"Our goalie, J.P. Gove is such a leader, he knows what to do on the field. On offense Dave Ferris and Colton Barber are a great 1-2 punch," Battaglia said. "Shane Larkin has been hurt, but plays so tough. Last year he was a tough kid, now he's a tough kid with skills."
Schuylerville advances to face No. 1 Johnstown 3 p.m. June 6 at RPI and the Black Horses have unfinished business.
"This was just like football, do it or go home," Casimano said. "We have a lot of winners on our team and the Section II final has been a target for us.
"We've lost in the boys soccer and football Section II finals," Casimano said. "We want to win, we want that sectional title, that's our common goal."
Sipperly reminded his players about their future, not to dwell on Thursday's outcome.
"Most of these players have two to three years left to play," Sipperly said. "Our future looks good. On another day we might beat them, not today. They did all the right things today.

Greenwich-Cambridge (4)
Conor Dans (3 goals, O assists), Ryan McFee 1-0, Jordan Fortier 0-1.
Schuylerville (10)
Tony Casimano (4 goals, 0 assists), Jake Zakrzewski 2-0, Colton Barber 2-0, Dave Ferris 1-0, Sean Jason 1-0.
Greenwich 1 1 2 0 - 4
Schuylerville 2 3 3 2 - 10
Goalie saves: Greenwich -- Matt Bartuck, 16 saves. Schuylerville, J.P. Gove 4 saves.

Section II Class B semifinals
South Glens Falls 10, Glens Falls 5
TROY -- It took three attempts and an early season rout by a rival but a mature, in control South Glens Falls squad enacted its revenge when it counted the most, in the Section II Class B semifinal with a 10-5 win over Glens Falls at RPI.
The Indians routed the Bulldogs, 15-2, in their first meeting and the two squads battled into three overtimes with Glens Falls escaping with an 8-7 win.
On Thursday the South High defense withstood an early Indians attack in the first half and pushed Glens Falls to its limits in the second half, scoring five goals and advancing to the June 6 championship final.
"I'm glad we had that second game," South High coach Scott Comstock said. "They gained a trmendous amount of confidence. The guys knew they could beat them. If this is after the 15-2 game they may have a few doubts."
South High senior Chris Mach led the Bulldogs with four goals with Adam Barber adding two more. Chris Lee, Andrew Leege, Tim Howe and Anthony Delzotto each tallied a score.
"We all kept coming at them," mach said. "Everyone helped me with good assists and clears."
Glens Falls held a one-goal advantage five times, but South High found an answer each time.
In the second half the Indians became frustrated with their inability to score and it showed.
Glens Falls committed 10 penalties in the second half compared to Sout High's single infraction.
"We out worked and played smart," Comstock said. "I've got nice guys on my team, they're respectful and play the game with intelligence and control. That might have been part of it today."

South Glens Falls (10)
Chris Mach (4 goals, 0 assists), Adam Barber 2-0, Chris Lee 1-1, Tim Howe 1-2, Anthony Delzotto 1-0, Andrew Leege 1-0, Bryan Baker 0-1.
Glens Falls (5)
Tim Graham (2 goals, 1 assist), Ian Saunders 1-0, Beau Knapp 1-1, Jared Woodell 1-0, Matt Mason 0-1.
South Glens Falls 2 3 2 3 - 10
Glens Falls 3 1 1 0 - 5
Goalie saves: South Glens Falls, Scott Morgan, 5. Glens Falls, Matt Besan, 13 saves.

Section II Class B semifinal
Burnt Hills 9, Scotia-Glenville 5
TROY - One of the smallest players on the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys varsity lacrosse team came up the biggest as the Spartans overcame their own penalty woes in the first half and stormed back in the second half to a 9-5 Section II Class B semifinal victory over Scotia-Glenville.
Junior goalie, Collin Whiteford, turned back 18 shots in goal for the Spartans, advancing the sophomore program into the Class B semifinal in only its second year of varsity competition.
"The defense did an amazing job," Whiteford said. "They shredded No. 21 (Kevin Wentworth) with double teams and they really wanted to win."
The Tartans fired 40 shots on the Burnt Hills cage, keeping the second-year goaltender busy.
"I play better like that, when I don't get a break," Whiteford said. "I see the ball more clearly and the 'D' gave me a break."
Scotia-Glenville's biggest lead was by two goals, 4-2, in the second quarter before Burnt Hills went on a 6-1 scoring streak through the third quarter, establishing an 8-4 lead.
The Spartans were led by Mike Eddy and Alex Stewart with two goals and an assist each.
"This week I just wanted to emphasize what we did well," Burnt Hills coach Paul Fedoroff said. "I think we play the best scrappy game of any team in the section."
Burnt Hills will now face South Glens Falls June 6 at RPI in the Section II Class B final.

Burnt Hills (9)
Mike Eddy (2 goals, 1 assist), Alex Stewart 2-1, Ian Schwan 1-1, Ryan Kissane 1-1, Cole Godfrey 1-0, Nucci Lauria 1-0, Matt Fittz 1-0.
Scotia-Glenville (5)
John Zabin 2-0, Jason Restina 1-2, Eric Landry 1-0, Matt Strenk 1-0, Kevin Wentworth 0-1.
Burnt Hills 2 1 5 1 - 9
Scotia-Glenville 2 2 0 1 - 5
Goalie saves: Burnt Hills, Collin Whiteford, 18 saves. Scotia-Glenville, 10, saves.
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