Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'Burgh lax wins first playoff game; Troy bows out to Burnt Hills

One year after Troy High won its first playoff game in school history, the Lansingburgh Knights, a second-year program, followed suit.

Lansingburgh's McKenzie Marois (left) fights for a loose ball with Cambridge's Mason Niles (2) and Jeremy Stevens (18) during Tuesday's Section II Class C opening round game against first-year program Cambridge. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Senior midfielder Josh Wangler tallied two goals and senior midfielders Charlie Casey and Josh Guilbeault each scored a crucial goal in the final six minutes as Lansingburgh held off Cambridge, 6-4 in a Class C opening-round sectional game on Tuesday.

"This is a huge game for us," Wangler said. "There’s four players on the team - me, Josh Gilbeault, Charlie has been here for a while and (defender) Garrett (Cassidy) - we’ve all been since the start of the program and brought it to where it is. This is huge for this team."

No. 4 Lansingburgh (6-9) advances to face top-seeded Glens Falls Friday at 5 p.m.

Lansingburgh's Josh Wangler (left) advances the ball against Cambridge long stick Mason Niles (right) during Tuesday's playoff game in Troy.

It was a monumental win for the Lansingburgh program, but it was also an eventful season for Cambridge, which finished 4-13. Lacrosse is one of the area's growing sports and it's starting to take off in small towns like Cambridge, which bodes well for the future and continued growth of the sport in Section II.

"Our guys ended the season well," Cambridge head coach Tom Pillsworth said. "We started as the smallest and newest school in Section II and we paid our dues early on. … I wish we played a little better and I concede the fact that they’re a good team and I wish them well in the playoffs."

To read the whole report written by our Chris Fitz Gerald, check out Wednesday's edition of The Record.

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Troy High traveled to Burnt Hills for a Class B playoff showdown against the Spartans.

It was a clash of two young programs, but the Spartans have grown by leaps and bounds this season and it showed as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake posted a 16-3 victory over the Flying Horses.

"We’re getting better but we couldn’t do the basics tonight; we couldn’t throw and catch," said Troy head coach Brian Benner. "We had a lot of turnovers. We threw it away a lot."

For the full story from Ed Weaver, check out Wednesday's edition of The Record.

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