Sir Bills top Colonie in regular-season finale

Johnstown's Caden Mureness, left, is defended by Colonie's Zach Wroblewski (21) during Thursday's non-league boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

By PAUL WAGER

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN — Having lost for just the second time this season in its last outing, the Johnstown boys lacrosse team looked to bounce back and finish the regular season with a win Thursday.

The Sir Bills did just that, notching an 11-1 victory over Colonie in a non-league contest at Knox Field.

“This was a good bounce back for us,” Johnstown coach Scott Petrie said. “It was nice to have a Suburban Council team come out here and play us.”

On Tuesday, the Sir Bills dropped a 12-7 decision to Greenwich, a result that Petrie said provided a bit of a wake-up call for his team.

“I think that got our attention,” Petrie said. “I think we realized that we can’t have a let up.”

Johnstown had no such problem Thursday, scoring the first nine goals of the game on its way to its 14th win of the season.

Josh Hoyt finished with three goals and an assist for the Sir Bills, while Zach Serpa scored three goals.

Trevor Murphy registered a goal and three assists for Johnstown. Brandon Handy, MJ Heroth, Damian Waight and Noah Champlin all scored once for the Sir Bills.

“We finished a lot better tonight,” Petrie said.

Tyler McGue scored the lone goal for Colonie.

Serpa scored the only goal of the first quarter for either team, giving the Sir Bills a 1-0 lead with 9:26 left in the quarter.

After a slow start, Johnstown’s offense got going in the second quarter, netting three goals to extend the lead to 4-0 at the half.

Champlin scored on an assist from Hoyt with 10:45 left in the half to make it 2-0 before Serpa scored his second on the game on an assist from Murphy with 8:24 remaining to make it 3-0.

Murphy closed out the first-half scoring with an unassisted goal with 8:08 to play.

While the Johnstown offense mustered four first-half goals, the defense kept Colonie off the board for the first three quarters.

“We played well on defense tonight,” Petrie said. “It was nice to be able to make some adjustments and see them work.”

In the second half, Johnstown pushed its lead to 7-0 with three third-quarter goals.

Hoyt scored the first with 9:57 to play in the third, while Serpa scored to make it 6-0 on an assist from Murphy with 3:17 remaining. Hoyt made it 7-0 with 1:25 left in the quarter.

He also scored the first goal of the fourth quarter with 3:28 to play, giving the Sir Bills an 8-0 lead.

Heroth extended Johnstown’s advantage to 9-0 with 3:10 to play.

Colonie netted its first goal with 2:17 to play when McGue scored to make it 9-1.

Handy answered for the Sir Bills on an assist from Murphy with 1:04 to play before Waight scored the game’s final goal with 8.1 seconds left to make the final score, 11-1.

Kyle Salamack made 15 saves for Johnstown, while Justin Loudis made 11 stops for Colonie.

“We’ve had a good season,” Petrie said. “We want to keep it going for as long as we can.”

Johnstown (14-2 overall), which won the Wasaren League title with an 11-1 league mark, now awaits the pairings for the Section II Class D Tournament, which will be announced today.

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