Scenes from Section 2 girls lacrosse finals: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake claims Class C title

ROTTERDAM – Isabell Adams and MK Lescault led Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a 13-5 victory over Averill Park in the Section 2 Class C girls lacrosse final Wednesday, May 22, at Mohonasen High School.

Adams and Lescault each tallied once to give the Lady Spartans a quick 2-0 lead. The Warriors got one goal back on a breakaway by Anita Reitano, but Adams struck again to make it a 3-1 game for BH-BL.

Adams finished with five goals and two assists, while Lescault contributed a hat trick and three assists for BH-BL, which won its third consecutive Sectional title and its first under head coach John Battaglino. Carly Szczepaniak and Ella Blesi each added a pair of goals. Reitano tallied twice for Averill Park.

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Battaglino’s former high school team, Bethlehem, ended a 13-year title drought by defeating Shenendehowa 15-12 in the Class A final. Avery Jones had a five-goal game, and Caroline Wise chipped in with three goals and three assists for the Lady Eagles. Lindsey Ayres also had a hat trick in the victory.

McKenzie Ballard paced Shen’s attack with four goals, and Grace Paolowodzinski recorded a hat trick.

Bethlehem’s last title came in 2006, which capped a string of six consecutive Section 2 championships under Battaglino. Shortly thereafter, Battaglino moved on to the collegiate coaching ranks, working at Syracuse University and the University at Albany before departing after the 2017 season.

Photos by Rob Jonas. Copyright 2019 by Capital Region HS Sports.

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