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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 3, 2007

Dutchmen bounce back from first loss of the season

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, but bounced back in resounding fashion.

The Dutchmen lost to Shaker, 6-5, on Saturday, but bounced back to beat Ballston Spa, 12-2, on Monday.

On Saturday, Guilderland gave up four runs in the fifth inning and gave up a 4-0 lead. The teams traded runs in the sixth inning, but Shaker took the lead in the top half of the seventh inning and this time the Dutchmen did not have any late-inning magic.

On Monday, the Dutchmen bounced back behind the pitching of Nick Polsinelli and Greg Barcomb for the 12-2 win.

Guilderland banged out 14 hits and took advantage of six Ballston Spa errors.

The Dutchmen broke a 2-2 tie in the top half of the second inning with four runs and cruised from there as they shut out the Scotties for the rest of the game.

Guilderland also beat Averill Park last Thursday, 10-4.

Sophomore Kyle LaValley got his first varsity win on the mound for the Dutch.

The Dutchmen are now 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the Suburban Council. They hosted Burnt Hills on Wednesday.

Guilderland will be preparing for the home stretch of the season in the next couple of weeks. After Wednesday’s game, the Dutchmen play at Shenendehowa on Friday, at Columbia on Monday, and at Bethlehem next Wednesday.

Guilderland finishes the season with games at Queensbury, and at home against Columbia, Niskayuna, and Biship Maginn.

Up and downs continue for young Dutch

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — It will be just a matter of time before the young Guilderland softball players will make the team one of the top in the Suburban Council again.

Until then, the Lady Dutch will take their lumps as they did in a 15-5 loss to Shaker on Friday. The loss came a day after Guilderland beat Averill Park.

"We played a pretty good game last night," said Guilderland Coach Jessica Allen on Friday. "And the girls did pretty well today."

Allen is taking over the reins as head coach for Jennifer Ficarra, who is waiting to give birth to her first child. Allen is also the daughter of long-time Berne-Knox-Westerlo softball coach and Section II softball chairwoman, Cathy Allen.

The Lady Dutch beat Ballston Spa, 2-1, on Monday.

Backing each other up

"We made a couple of errors," Jessica Allen said. "But we played well defensively for the most part. We were backing each other up and we were calling plays out. They were just hitting the ball."

Shaker batted around the order in the first and third innings. The Blue Bison scored five runs in the first inning and six in the third. Shaker also scored two runs in the second stanza and led, 13-2, heading into the bottom of the third frame.

Laura Napoli and Sara Heller scored runs in the first inning for Guilderland. Deb Schildt drove in Napoli with an RBI groundout.

Heller scored after a passed ball on a strikeout. The ball was misplayed by the Shaker catcher, Kayla Koumjian, and was thrown to first to complete the strikeout; Heller then dashed for home and beat the return throw to the plate.

The Lady Dutch chipped into the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Napoli and Heller led off the inning with back-to-back walks. And, after a flyout, Jen McCutcheon walked to load the bases.

Meryl Kremer grounded out, but Napoli was able to score on the play. Rachel Vein singled to drive in Heller.

After Michelle Giwerc walked to load the bases, Nicky Marcucci hit a ball that was misplayed by the Shaker second baseman and allowed McCutcheon to score from third base.

But those would be the only runs the Dutch would score in the game. Guilderland only gave up two runs in the final four innings.

"We had some bright spots," Allen said. "Lauren had a beautiful hit. You can’t do much when the other team is hitting. Shaker has good hitters and good fielders. We can bring only what we can bring to the game. It is out of our control what the other team does."

McCutcheon and Schildt pitched for the Lady Dutch.

After Monday’s game, the Dutch have a 4-3 record in the Suburban Council and are 4-5 overall.

"Improved a lot"

Allen, however, has seen some good things.

"They’ve improved a lot," Allen said of her team. "They are coming together as a team and they support each other. We are a young team and we spend a lot of time getting experience. It’s fun and exciting to see that improvement. When they make a good play, I feel their joy."

The cold and rainy weather has made it difficult for the Lady Dutch to get on the field and work on getting experience.

"We’ve played one game on this field," Allen said on Friday. "We’ve practiced on it twice.

"We’ve had days where we are rained out and can’t get outside," Allen said. "Then there is no gym space, and it’s tough to get practice, so you tell them to just go home. It doesn’t help us to do anything that we can build on."

After Monday’s game, the Lady Dutch were scheduled to play Burnt Hills on Wednesday. Guilderland is then scheduled to play at Shenendehowa on Friday and at Columbia on Monday. The Dutch will then host Bethlehem on Wednesday.

Guilderland has six new varsity players on the team this spring and has only one returning senior.

"We knew that this team had to learn how to come together," Allen said. "They are improving the way they should be."

The improvements will be subtle as the younger players grow into varsity players. But Allen likes what she has seen in the team’s recent play and thinks her players will only get better.

"I thought we played well today," she said on Friday. "They [Shaker] played a little bit better than we did. But we’re getting there. What it comes down to a lot of times is us playing together. And we have been throughout the year; that is always good."

Dutchmen making one-goal games a habit

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — After picking up its biggest win of the season, there wasn’t much of a letdown for the Guilderland boys’ lacrosse team.

The Dutchmen split a pair of one-goal games — their fourth in a row — this past week.

Guilderland beat Columbia, 7-6, last Thursday but lost to Lakeland of Section I, 8-7.

Uriah Myrie led the scoring with three goals in Saturday’s contest. He also added an assist.

Aaron Cahill and Jordan Dubose each scored two goals for the Dutchmen. Quinn Connell, Chris Conway, and Matt Stillman had assists in the contest. Stillman has two helpers for Guilderland.

Dutch goalie Nick Koss made 12 saves in Saturday’s contest.

Against Columbia last Thursday, Myrie was again the big gun. He scored three goals to lead the Dutch. Travis Moore and Rory Nunamacher each scored two goals. Nunamacher also had an assist.

Also picking up assists for Guilderland were Connell, Conway, and Stillman.

Koss made seven saves in goal for the Dutchmen.

Guilderland now has a 7-4 record overall and a 6-1 mark in the Suburban Council.

The Dutchmen played Ballston Spa on Wednesday. Guilderland next plays Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Friday night and then travels to Burnt Hills on Tuesday.

Tuesday night lights shine bright for Dutch

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The lights of John Fallon Field on the University at Albany campus shone on the four senior members of the Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team.

The only thing brighter than those lights, were the smiles on their faces.

The Lady Dutch had just beaten Suburban Council rival Saratoga, 15-9, to remain at the top of the league standings.

The four upperclassmen — captains Nikki Branchini, Lynn Tran, Julie Malkowski, and Jen Kaye — were very happy with Tuesday’s night win that improved the Lady Dutch’s record to 9-2 overall and 8-1 in the Suburban Council.

"We played a good all-around game," Branchini said. "We have some girls coming back from injuries."

"Or we have some girls with pre-existing injuries," Tran added.

Surge ahead

The Dutch broke open a close game by scoring the first five goals of the second half.

Guilderland led 6-4 at halftime, but got goals from Abbey Fashouer and Danielle Tetreault in the first minute-and-a-half of the second 25-minute period.

Fashouer scored at the 24:09 mark of the half and Tetreault scored her goal with an assist from Amanda Best with 23:42 left in the game.

Tetreault scored again with 18:35 left in the game off another assist from Best.

Tetreault and Best hooked up again for the next goal, but this time Best scored with the assist from Tetreault.

Fashouer scored on a free position after a Saratoga foul and the Dutch led 11-4 with 16:13 left in the game.

Katherine Sutton ended the Guilderland scoring streak with a free position goal for Saratoga.

But Guilderland scored again as Bridget Daley scored an unassisted goal with 12:04 left and Tetreault scored with 8:54 left with an assist from Jen Madsen.

Guilderland scored two more goals to hold a 10-goal advantage with 6:09 left in the game. Best scored an unassisted goal at 6:30 and Courtney Davis scored a few seconds later with an assist from Madsen to go up 15-5.

Sutton scored her second goal of the half with 5:01 left. It was only the second goal scored by Saratoga in the first 20 minutes of the half.

The Blue Streaks added three more goals down the stretch, but couldn’t get any closer to the Lady Dutch.

"We knew we had to pick it up," Malkowski said of the second-half surge.

"We knew they could come back," Branchini said. "We didn’t let them. It was a great effort; they couldn’t slow our momentum."

Guilderland got goals in the first half from Tetreault; Chelsey Newman; Fashouer; Newman, again; Fashouer, assisted by Tetreault; and Tetreault, again.

Jen Kaye made eight saves in goal for the Lady Dutch. Saratoga goalie Erin Delancy made 11 saves but faced a lot more shots.

"We’re passing the ball well and finding cutters," Kaye said. "It was an all-around effort. Everybody played a big part."

"Our team defense was good," said Tran, a defender along with Malkowski. "We ride a lot on that. And from there we cleared the ball well."

"Turning point"

The Lady Dutch had a couple of tough games to make it to Tuesday’s big contest.

Guilderland defeated Shaker, 12-11, in five overtimes last Tuesday.

Fashouer won the game for the Lady Dutch with a goal after receiving a pass from Tetreault.

Tetreault and Best led the scoring with three goals and two assists each. Branchini scored two goals. Newman, Madsen, Meera Chapiddi, and Fashouer each tallied a goal.

Kaye made 15 saves in goal for Guilderland.

"We never would have gotten to overtime, no less five overtimes," said Guilderland Coach Gary Chatnik, "if Meera had not scored to tie up the game with 17 seconds to go in regulation. Meera had played an excellent game up to that point, but, when we stole the ball and got it down the field, Meera got the ball and got fouled.

"She then made a terrific shot," Chatnik added, "and it was the shot of adrenaline that we needed. We were on the verge of a tough loss, but her shot may have been the turning point for our season."

The win was great but exhausting for the Lady Dutch.

"Everyone played hard, us and Shaker," Chatnik said. "It was a great game to watch. Jen Kaye had her best game of the year and kept us in it until we could win it. When Abbey scored, we basically all collapsed, but we were happy. I was pleased with our effort especially since Courtney Davis and Daley were out with injuries."

Chatnik said that the win was a total team effort and said that every player "left it all on the field."

"We clicked"

On Saturday, the outcome wasn’t tense as Guilderland beat Niskayuna, 10-6.

Newman led the scoring with three goals and one assist. Branchini had two goals and one assist. Tetreault and Fashouer each had two goals, Madsen had a goal. Best and Chappidi added assists.

Kaye made 10 saves in goal for the Lady Dutch.

"We played well against an excellent team," Chatnik said. "It took awhile for us to get our shooting on target, but we clicked in the second half. "

The score was tied 4-4 at halftime.

"We controlled the draws in the second half and our midfield of Bridget Daley, Nikki Branchini, and Chelsey Newman really took over," Chatnik said. "They got the ground balls and figured in seven goals. We scored quickly in the second half and then Jen Kaye made a great stop on a free perfect pass. Then Abbey, Chelsey, and Nikki scored and we were up 10-5. It was pretty much over then. Our defense held them to two goals in the second half. Julie Malkowski, Lynn Tran, Lauren Cagino, Corinne Chatnik, Amy Branchini, and Laura Decker had excellent games."

"The young girls on the team are really good," Tran said. "They are going to be good for the next couple of years."

"Out with a bang"

The seniors on the team are good. Branchini will be playing Division I lacrosse at Albany next spring. Tran will be playing at the State University of New York College at Cortland, and Kaye will be playing field hockey and lacrosse at Hartwick College. Malkowski will be going to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. and will play on the club team there.

Guilderland also beat Colonie on Monday, 20-3. The Lady Dutch have lost just one game in the league against rival Bethlehem.

"I wish we could take a couple of games back," Kaye said, referring to the Bethlehem game and a loss to Lakeland. "We’ll just win them when it counts."

"That will feel so much better," Branchini added.

The Lady Dutch played Shenendehowa at home on Wednesday. Guilderland plays Ballston Spa today (Thursday) and then travels to play Shen on Monday and Columbia on Wednesday.

The Lady Dutch seniors hope to continue the early success and capture that elusive Section II banner.

"We want to go out with a bang," Malkowski said.

"We want to be remembered for the next couple of years," Tran added.

"We just want to put a plaque up," Branchini concluded.

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