Johnstown lacrosse teams to play for titles
Ringer nets 10 goals in Lady Bills 19-12 victory over Schuylerville
By JAMES A. ELLIS
JOHNSTOWN — After struggling in the first half of Tuesday’s Section II Class D semifinal match, top-seeded Johnstown turned it on in the second half.
Trailing Schuylerville 7-6 at the half, the Lady Bills made the most of a man-up situation just under five minutes into the second half with Taryn Ringer putting in four of her seven second-half goals in the back of the net in a span of just over two minutes to help Johnstown defeat Schuylerville 19-12 and advance the the Class D championship match.
“This will be the first time we will play for the Class D title,” Johnstown coach Denise Benton said. “We played for and won the Class C championship 12 years ago.”
The top-seeded Lady Bills (15-1 overall) will take on second-seeded Academy of the Holy Names at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mohonasen High School.
Holy Names advanced to the title game with a 16-7 victory over No. 3 Hoosick Falls. Grace Field led Holy Names with five goals and two assists, while Sydney neff and Bella Tronco had four goals apiece for Holy Names.
The fourth-seeded Black Horses got off to a fast start, with Eliza Barton putting in two quick goals before Ringer put is the first of her 10 goals in the match off an assist from Amber Tesi just under three minutes into the game and Tesi picked up a goal of her own to tie the game at two.
Schuylerville registered a pair of goals a minute apart to build the lead to 4-2 before the Lady Bills again tied the game at four apiece with a pair of quick goals. The teams exchanged goals over the final six minutes of the opening half with Schuylerville getting a goal from Izzy Reitano off an assist from Barton with 5.9 seconds left for a 7-6 halftime advantage.
“At halftime we called them out and said we have to go fast, got to work harder and got to go stronger,” Benton said. “It made the difference. It is hard when you are letting someone else defend you and you are not going hard enough to get around them. It was frustrating.”
Tesi tied the game at seven with her unassisted goal just over two minutes into the second half.
Claire Barton put the Black Horses back on top with her goal, but again the Lady Bills came up with the equalizer when Ringer finished a pass from Mango Delgado to tie the game at eight.
The Black Horses were hit with a penalty that opened the door for the Lady Bills and they made the most of the man-up advantage.
Ringer finished strong runs by the Lady Bills, hitting the back of the net four times in a span of two minutes and 12 seconds to take a 12-8 lead.
Reitano broke the Lady Bills scoring run with her goal with 15:51 left to play.
The Lady Bills answered the goal with two more from Ringer and another from Tesi to build a 15-9 advantage.
Schuylerville closed the gap to 16-12 with 7:26 left to play but could not get any closer as Ally Queeney, Maddie Etherton and Abbey Hollister scored to close out the 19-12 victory.
Ringer finished the game with a single-game team record of 10 goals to go with two assists, while Tesi finished with three goals and four assists and Etherton added three goals and an assist. Hollister added two goals and three assists, while Queeney added a goal and Delgado, Emily Fleming and Rachel Lee had assists.
Eliza Barton led Schuylerville with five goals and three assists, while Reitano and Claire Barton had two goals apiece to go with goals from Lainey Koval, Brooke Thomas and Chloe Kappa.
Looking forward to Thursday’s title game against Holy Names, Benton said, “We have watched them on film. We have a really good transition game and when we pass the ball we get it down field quickly and can move it. We just have to remember to put it all together on Thursday.”