Sir Bills improve to 8-0 with 16-2 win

Johnstown's Noah Champlin (55) is defended by Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane's Thomas Cooper (26) during Thursday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Playing for the second time in as many days, the Johnstown boys lacrosse team avoided any kind of letdown against Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane on Thursday at Knox Field.

The Sir Bills, who rolled to a 19-0 victory over Lansingburgh on Wednesday, used another strong start to post a 16-2 victory over the Hillriders.

“We didn’t have a letdown. Our intensity always has to be there,” Johnstown coach Scott Petrie said. “Playing on back-to-back days is never easy and our performance was solid in both games.”

Johnstown led 12-0 at the half on their way to the win.

“We played pretty well today,” Petrie said. “We moved the ball well.”

Johnstown's Charlie Gagliardo (8) carries the ball past Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane's Tai Ryan during Thursday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Zach Serpa led the Johnstown offense with four goals, while M.J. Heroth had three goals and one assist.

Trevor Murphy posted two goals and five assists, Chase Benton and Noah Champlin each had two goals, and Josh Hoyt had a goal and two assists. Skyler Bronson had a goal and an assist for the Sir Bills, Alec Yerdon scored once and Cayden Mereness added an assist.

Jack Sherwood and Nolan Wilson scored for Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane.

The Sir Bills outscored the Hillriders, 7-0, in the first quarter.

Heroth opened the scoring for Johnstown with 9:20 left in the first quarter.

Johnstown's Chase Benton (27) is defended by Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane's Thomas Cooper (26) during Thursday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Serpa made it 2-0 with 8:09 left in the first quarter on an assist from Murphy before Murphy made it 3-0 on an assist from Hoyt with 6:46 remaining in the opening frame.

Serpa pushed the advantage to 4-0 just 12 seconds later and Heroth struck again with 6:11 left in the first quarter on an assist from Murphy to make it 5-0.

Murphy scored on a Hoyt assist with 4:06 to go in the opening frame before Heroth scored with just 00.1 remaining to close out first-quarter scoring.

Yerdon scored the first of five second-quarter goals for the Sir Bills on an assist from Murphy to make it 8-0.

Murphy dished out his fourth assist of the first half on a goal by Serpa with 7:58 to play giving the Sir Bills a 9-0 lead.

Champlin scored his first of the game on an assist from Mereness with 6:11 to play in the second quarter before Serpa scored his fourth goal of the first half on an assist from Murphy with 3:00 to play.

Benton capped the first-half scoring on an assist from Bronson to make it 12-0 at the break.

Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane scored its first goal of the game and the first goal of the second half when Sherwood scored with 9:19 left in the third quarter.

Bronson scored the lone third-quarter goal for the Sir Bills with 3:55 left to make it 13-1 after three quarters.

Champlin opened the fourth-quarter scoring on an assist from Heroth with 11:26 remaining.

Wilson scored the final goal of the game for the Hillriders with 7:17 to play.

Johnstown netted the game’s final two goals as Benton scored with 5:54 to play and Hoyt scored with 2:00 remaining.

“That was a young team we played,” Petrie said. “We worked on some different rides and clears today.”

The Sir Bills outshot Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane by a 32-5 margin.

Kyle Salamack made three saves to post the win in goal for Johnstown.

Karsen Randall made nine saves for Maple Hill-Ichabod Crane.

Johnstown (8-0 overall, 7-0 Wasaren) is off until April 27 when it is scheduled to host Amsterdam in a non-league contest at Knox Field at 6:30 p.m.

“This was a good way to go into break,” Petrie said. “We’re excited about the Amsterdam game.”

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