Girls lacrosse: Bethlehem hangs on to defeat Shenendehowa

Bethlehem took a 4-2 halftime lead and held on for an 8-7 victory over Shenendehowa Tuesday, May 7, in a battle of two of the top Suburban Council girls lacrosse teams.

Lauren Riker struck for four goals to lead the Lady Eagles, who moved into sole possession of second place in the league standings. Lindsey Ayres and Paige Halliday each contributed a pair of goals, and goaltender Amanda Koch stopped seven shots.

McKenzie Ballard, Grace Palowodzinski and Kira Tucker all tallied twice for Shen, which dropped to third place in the standings. Goalie Aislinn Sweeney made 12 saves.

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Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, league-leading Niskayuna got past Saratoga Springs 9-5. Sydney McPartlon notched four goals for the Silver Warriors, who led 7-2 at halftime. Sofie Mangino and Ella Payer each scored a pair of goals for the Blue Streaks, and goalie Abigail Searles had 15 saves.

MK Lescault turned in a five-goal performance as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake handled Shaker 15-8. Katie Julien led Shaker with four goals.

Columbia struck for 13 goals in the second half to pull away for a 19-7 victory over Averill Park. Ciarra Mazzone continued to be an offensive force for the Blue Devils, as she tallied six times and added five assists. Mazzone now has 68 goals on the season.

Gabby Rivera and Margaret Boyagian each contributed hat tricks for Columbia. Janey Adams and Julia Foster paced Averill Park with two goals apiece.

A dozen players scored goals for Guilderland in a 19-0 victory over Albany. Lauren Thompson led the Lady Dutch with four goals, and Amanda Nieman chipped in with two goals and two assists. Two Albany goalies combined to make 13 saves.

In the Colonial Council, Academy of the Holy Names jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first half and defeated Catholic Central 16-7. Lauren Mesick had six goals, Grace Field contributed five goals and Bella Tronco added a hat trick for Holy Names. Claudia Fountain tallied three times for Catholic Central.

Cohoes sailed past Emma Willard 15-4 behind six goals from Emily Walker.

Johnstown defeated Schenectady/Mohonasen 18-2. Maddie Etherton deposited four goals for the Lady Bills, while Abbey Hollister and Taryn Ringer each had hat tricks. Rachel Lee chipped in with a goal and four assists.

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