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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 24, 2008

Fantastic 4 minutes not enough for Dutch laxmen

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Tuesday, for four minutes of the boys’ lacrosse contest at Niskayuna, the Guilderland Dutchmen looked marvelous.

Unfortunately for the Dutchmen, it was the only good four minutes of offense they played.

The good news for the Guilderland laxmen was that the defense played well and they lost by just one goal, 5-4.

“We didn’t turn the ball over for four minutes,” Guilderland Coach Sean McConaghy said. “Every other time, we turned the ball over. That’s something you can’t do against a great team let alone any team. They had the ball the whole game.”

It was the first loss of the season for the Dutchmen.

Niskayuna led, 2-0, thanks to two first-period goals by Jared Franze.

Moment of glory

The Dutch went on a run midway through the second quarter that was the most impressive stretch of lacrosse in the entire game.

Senior attackman Quinn Connell scored an unassisted goal with 8:18 left in the second stanza to put the Dutchmen on the scoreboard.

Connell assisted on the second goal the Dutch scored.

Connell got a pass on a fast break and passed the ball to senior midfielder Aaron Cahill who finished the play with a goal.

The play started when senior defenseman Paul Malamood scooped up a loose ball to start the fast break.

Junior midfielder Rory Nunamacher scored the third goal on a laser shot from the top of the restraining box. Connell assisted on that goal as well.

Junior attack E.J. Genzano scored the fourth goal for the Dutchmen with 4:24 left until halftime.

Genzano got a pass from sophomore Paul Jones and with a quick stick, got the ball past Niskayuna goalie James Manchester.

“We passed the ball and created transition,” McConaghy said. “That was the only time we did that all day.”

Eagles soar

But Niskayuna answered with two goals to tie the game before halftime.

Steve D’Amario, who will play next year at the University of Massachusetts, scored an unassisted goal with 2:21 left in the half.

D’Amario assisted on the next goal, feeding Will McPartlon who got the ball past Guilderland goalie Nick Koss.

“They got a couple of them back,” McConaghy said. “If we stop them there, it’s a different story.”

The two teams, which have high-powered offenses, combined for one goal in the second half.

Seth Berggren scored for Niskayuna with 7.6 seconds left in the third quarter.

The unassisted tally gave the Silver Warriors a 5-4 lead.

Niskayuna did a good job of running time off the clock, but Guilderland had some opportunities at the end of the game to send it into overtime.

Junior defender Kip Stillman checked the ball out of a Silver Warrior player’s stick on the defensive end of the field.

Stillman scooped up the loose ball and the Dutchmen moved the ball up the field and took a timeout.

After the timeout, Brian Linehan took a shot that was blocked by a Niskayuna defenseman and Stillman took a shot that went wide.

After another timeout, the Dutchmen did not get another shot off and Niskayuna was able to hold onto the win.

“We didn’t take care of the ball today,” McConaghy said. “Niskayuna did. We had a couple of chances and we turned the ball right over.”

Koss was the star of the game for the Dutchmen. He turned away 21 Niskayuna shots in goal.

Manchester made nine saves for the Silver Warriors.

Niskayuna took 34 shots in the contest and Guilderland had 20. The battle for ground balls was fairly even with the Silver Warriors grabbing four more, 27-23.

Up next

The two teams will meet again in about a month. The Dutchmen will host Niskayuna for their senior night on May 20.

Guilderland is 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Suburban Council. The Dutch hold big wins over Lakeland of Section I and Shenendehowa as well as Saratoga and Shaker.

Up next for Guilderland is a contest against Columbia at home on Thursday. The Dutchmen play at Bethlehem on Friday then get a little break before hosting Shenendehowa on Thursday, May 1.

McConaghy hopes that the Dutchmen will bounce back from what he called his team’s worse performance of the season.

“It was the worst display of passing and catching all year,” he said. “There’s no explanation other than maybe we were nervous. I don’t know. This is not the first big game we’ve played this year.”

Eagles’ sharp talons hand Dutchmen first loss

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland baseball coach Doug LaValley hopes that Friday’s game against Bethlehem is a learning experience.

The Dutchmen played their sloppiest game of the season and it cost them in an 11-8 loss to the Eagles at Guilderland High School.

The three-hour contest was the first loss of the season for the Dutchmen.

Bethlehem scored three runs in the top half of the seventh inning and held the Dutch scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to get the win.

The Eagles scored three runs on two hits and two errors.

“We didn’t play defense,” LaValley said. “You can’t win games when you don’t play defense.”

“We don’t deserve to win”

Mike Bellizi led off the inning with a walk. He advanced to second when C.J. Sohl’s pick-off attempt sailed high and glanced off first baseman Jake Colavito’s glove for the first error of the inning.

But Sohl got Alex Sobliecki to pop up to second baseman Ivan Plata, who had a brilliant day in the field. Sohl then struck out Chris Riedel.

The inning continued when Mike Fish sharply hit a ground ball that was misplayed by shortstop Jimmy Quinn.

Will DeRuve then singled to center field to drive in the first run of the inning. Lucas Nitsche then cleared the bases with a two-run triple to give the Eagles a three-run lead.

Guilderland had tied the game, 8-8, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With one out, Colavito reached first on an error by the Bethlehem shortstop. Andrew Simpson then worked a walk to put runners on first and second. 

Steve Anderson then singled and Colavito motored around the bases and looked like he was going to score. But a strong throw from the Bethlehem outfield beat Colavito, who was tagged out in a close play at the plate.

The next hitter, Matt Roth hit a ball that was misplayed by DeRuve at shortstop and loaded the bases. Jason Sherwood drew a walk to drive in Simpson and tie the game at eight runs apiece.

But the Eagles answered with their three runs in the seventh inning to win the game.

“We don’t deserve to win when we give up 11 runs,” LaValley said.

Eagles soar

Bethlehem took the lead early against Guilderland starting pitcher Jason Westervelt.

The Eagles scored one run in the first inning and one in the second.

Westervelt then shut out Bethlehem in the third and fourth innings.

The senior left-hander, who will play at the University of West Virginia next year, left with one out in the fifth inning. He gave up three runs including one in the fifth inning before relief pitcher Kyle LeClair took over.

“Jason pitched well,” LaValley said.

Bethlehem scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game, 4-4.

Guilderland scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Ivan Plata reached first base on an error and then stole second base. Plata stole third base and scored when the throw from the catcher was high and ended up in left field.

Jimmy Quinn walked and later Nick Ranalli singled to drive in Quinn. Ranalli stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch. Josh Lochner drove in Ranalli with an RBI ground out.

The Dutch scored a run in the fourth inning.

Plata led off the frame with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Quinn.

After Bethlehem tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, Guilderland responded with three runs in the bottom of the stanza.

Jake Colavito hit a double to lead off the inning. He advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

Steve Anderson, who was intentionally walked, had Pat Quinn pinch run for him. Quinn advanced to second base on the passed ball that allowed Colavito to score.

Quinn scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-4.

Matt Roth, who walked, scored later on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Quinn.

Bethlehem regained the lead in the top half of the sixth inning as LeClair, who was pitching in his third straight game, was taken out and C.J. Sohl came in.

Sohl, who is Guilderland’s ace starter, struggled with his control and Bethlehem took advantage.

Sohl walked two batters and gave up four hits that led to the four runs and gave the Eagles an 8-7 lead.

 “When you put up eight runs,” LaValley said. “You are supposed to win the game.”

“We’ll learn”

The Dutchmen bounced back the next day, beating Central Square of Section I, 13-3, at Colonie High School.

Sherwood and Andrew Simpson drove in three runs each. Sherwood had a triple and two singles and Simpson hit two singles.

Ranalli added three singles and an RBI for the Dutch.

Ethan Slupski, C.J. Lozano, and Simpson pitched for the Dutch with Slupski getting the win in his first start of the season.

The Dutchmen improved their record to 4-1 overall and are 3-1 in the Suburban Council. Guilderland played Colonie on Tuesday in a league contest.

LaValley hopes his players will learn from their first loss as they face a tough part of the schedule.

“You never expect to go undefeated in baseball,” the coach said. “Momentum is the next guy on the hill and you go from there. We’ll learn from it and get better.”

Westervelt heading to West Virginia

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland High School senior pitcher Jason Westervelt will be signing a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of West Virginia.

Westervelt is a 6 foot, 4 inch left-handed pitcher. He is a two-year member of the Guilderland varsity team.

Westervelt also played for the New York Capital District Knights 18-and-under travel team as well as the South Florida Bandits 17-and-under and 18-and-under tournament teams during the summer.

Westervelt will pursue a degree in business in the fall.

Lady Dutch shining on the diamond

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland girls’ softball team has gotten off to a strong start this spring.

The Lady Dutch have won their first five games this season, some in resounding fashion.

Guilderland opened the season with wins over Voorheesville and Albany High School and then won four more games in a row to start this campaign, 6-0.

The most recent win was a 13-0 triumph over Schenectady last Thursday.

Eighth-grader Morgan Ten Eyck had two hits in two at bats. She hit a double, a single, and had a sacrifice fly. She collected five runs batted in and also scored a run for the Lady Dutch.

Deb Schildt pitched the entire game to earn the shutout.

Win over the Warriors

Last Wednesday, the Lady Dutch were involved in a much closer game as they edged out Suburban Council foe Mohonasen, 3-2.

Ten Eyck had another big game for the Lady Dutch. She had two singles including the game-winning single in the seventh inning.

Jenn McCutcheon pitched a complete game to earn the win. She struck out 11 Warrior batters in the contest and gave up just six hits.

Guilderland banged out 11 hits and committed just one error in the contest.

Flogging the Falcons

The Lady Dutch beat Albany for the second time this spring last Tuesday, April 15.

Guilderland pounded the Falcons, 15-0, in the non-league contest.

Schildt got the win in the pitcher’s circle, throwing another complete game shutout.

Senior catcher Sara Heller had the big bat as she went four-for-four with a home run, two doubles, and a single. Heller knocked in three runs, stole two bases, and also scored three runs.

Ten Eyck had two hits with a double and a home run. She drove in four runs and also scored three times.

Skunking the Scotties

Guilderland beat Ballston Spa, 9-0, last Monday, April 14.

McCutcheon and Schildt combined on the two-hit shutout of the Scotties.

Lauren Napoli had two hits to lead the Lady Dutch at the plate. Napoli hit a double and a single and drove in one run and scored three runs of her own. She also stole two bases.

The Lady Dutch played at Colonie on Tuesday and hosted Voorheesville on Wednesday. Guilderland plays at Columbia today (Thursday) and then travels to play in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Tournament on Saturday.

Guilderland then plays at Niskayuna on Monday and hosts Saratoga on Wednesday.

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