Section 2 girls lacrosse playoffs: Bethlehem, Shenendehowa advance to Class A finals with one-goal victories

Caroline Wise’s fifth goal of the game lifted No. 2 Bethlehem to a 12-11 overtime victory over No. 3 Saratoga Springs in the Section 2 Class A semifinals Monday, May 20.

The Lady Eagles led 6-4 at halftime and built a four-goal lead in the second half before the Blue Streaks rallied to tie the score at 11-11. Wise then tallied the game winner late in the first overtime period to propel Bethlehem into Wednesday’s Class A final.

Lindsey Ayres contributed three goals and two assists for Bethlehem, which defeated Saratoga Springs for the third time this season. Ella Payer had a five-goal afternoon for the Blue Streaks, and Lindsey Frank added four goals.

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Bethlehem will face top-seeded Shenendehowa for the Section 2 title Wednesday, May 22, at Mohonasen High School following the Plainsmen’s 10-9 semifinal victory over No. 4 Guilderland Monday.

Grace Palowodzinski led Shen with a four-goal performance, and goalie Aislinn Sweeny made 10 saves to help the Plainsmen advance to the final. Amanda Nieman paced Guilderland with six goals.

The Class C final is also set following Monday’s semifinal round. No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake defeated No. 4 Glens Falls 21-3, while No. 2 Averill Park got past No. 3 Scotia-Glenville 17-11.

Allie Connally notched eight goals to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s offense against Glens Falls. Carly Szczepanick recorded a nine-point afternoon with two goals and seven assists, and Sydney Fitzgerald added four goals.

Phoebe Fox, Grace Gohn and Kayla Quirk tallied for Glens Falls, and goalie Hannah Hawkins made nine saves.

Anita Reitano scored six goals and added three assists to guide Averill Park into Wednesday’s final at Mohonasen. Lauren Meyers provided four goals, and Mia Tessitore chipped in with a hat trick and two assists. Morgan Nichter led Scotia-Glenville with a four-goal performance.

The Class C final starts at 4:30 p.m. at Mohonasen, followed by the Class A final at 6:30 p.m.



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