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Johnstown rolls past Voorheesville, 12-2

Johnstown's Ryan Hoyt (22) fires a shot on goal as Voorheesville's goalie Andy Feck (22) makes the save during Monday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Playing for the fourth time in six days, the Johnstown boys lacrosse team shook off a slow start to post a 12-2 victory over Voorheesville in a Wasaren League contest Monday at Knox Field.

The Sir Bills scored just five goals through the first three quarters against the Blackbirds before scoring seven times in the fourth quarter to break the game open.

“It’s tough to play four times in six days, especially when we haven’t had our usual preparation for the season,” Petrie said. “We definitely not in the kind of shape we would normally be in. I’m proud of the team for battling through it all though.”

Matt Wheelis finished with five goals to lead the Sir Bills, while Caden Mureness had three goals and an assist. Ryan Hoyt had two goals and two assists for Johnstown, Chase Benton had a goal and an assist, and Christian Gibson also scored. Damien Waight added an assist for the Sir Bills.

Wheelis, a freshman, has 22 goals for Johnstown through the first four games this season, while Hoyt had 13 goals and nine assists.

Johnstown's Chase Benton (8) and Voorheesville's Andrew Cillis (26) battle for control of a faceoff during Monday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Caden Mureness has seven goals and five assists for the Sir Bills, while Benton has six goals and nine assists this season.

Benton continued his dominance at the faceoff spot for Johnstown, winning 14 of 16 faceoffs Monday. In his last three games, Benton has won 44 of his last 50 faceoffs for Johnstown, which has outscored its opponents 60-5 in its first four games this season.

“Our rides, ground balls and faceoffs were dominant,” Petrie said.

Jack Barringer and Joe Tomlin scored for Voorheesville.

Having posted a 14-1 win at Voorheesville on Saturday, Johnstown got off to a sluggish start in Monday’s rematch.

Johnstown's Ryan Hoyt (22) is defended by Voorheesville's Trevor Guillmette (11) and Aidan Strauss (7) during Monday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The Sir Bills scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second quarter to take a 4-1 halftime lead.

“We were a little bit messy in the first half,” Petrie said.

Benton scored the game’s first goal with 8:42 left in the first quarter, while Hoyt made it 2-0 with 6:46 left in the opening quarter.

Mureness extended Johnstown’s lead to 3-0 with 9:32 left in the second quarter and Hoyt scored his second of the opening half with 3:55 remaining.

Barringer scored Voorheesville’s first goal with 2:48 left in the second quarter to make it 4-1 at the half.

Johnstown's Caden Mureness, left, and Voorheesville's Aidan Strauss battle for control of a loose ball during MondayÕs Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The Sir Bills outshot the Blackbirds by a 24-5 margin in the first half.

After the break, Wheelis scored on a Hoyt assist to make it 5-1.

Tomlin answered for the Blackbirds with 19.9 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 5-2 heading into the fourth quarter.

“They packed it in on defense,” Petrie said. “Their goalie has been on fire lately.”

Mureness got Johnstown started quickly in the fourth quarter, scoring just 1:08 into the frame to push the Sir Bills’ lead to 6-2.

Johnstown's Bryce Mureness (3) is defended by Voorheesville's Trevor Guillmette during Monday's Wasaren League boys lacrosse game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Wheelis then scored three straight goals for Johnstown.

The first came on an assist from Mureness, while Benton assisted on the second.

Hoyt made it 10-2 with 22:27 to play before Wheelis scored his fifth of the game on an assist from Hoyt with 45.3 seconds remaining.

Gibson capped the scoring, netting his first goal of the season on an assist from Waight with just one second left to make the final score 12-2.

Johnstown outshot Voorheesville by a 23-10 margin in the second half and by a 47-15 margin for the game.

Kyle Salamack made nine saves for Johnstown.

Andy Feck made 17 saves for Voorheesville.

“Our senior leadership has been huge for us,” Petrie said. “They’ve really been solid for us.”

Johnstown (4-0 overall, 4-0 Wasaren) is scheduled to travel to Stillwater on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

“That’s a big game for us,” Petrie said.

Foothills Council

South Glens Falls 20, Amsterdam 1

AMSTERDAM –Jacob Ring scored five goals to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam on Saturday.

Logan Carruthers finished with three goals and seven assists for the Bulldogs, while Jayden Derush had three goals and an assist.

Phil Viger posted two goals and four assists for South Glens Falls (1-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills), Orion Delisle had two goals and two assists, and Jack Walter had two goals and an assist. Trey Marcil, Joe Johnson and Richie Anderson also scored for the Bulldogs.

Andy Welch scored the lone goal for Amsterdam.

Alexander Germain and Erik Reynolds each made four saves for South Glens Falls.

Dom Blair made nine saves for the Rams.

Wasaren League

Johnstown 14, Voorheesville 1

VOORHEESVILLE — Matt Wheelis finished with six goals to power Johnstown to a 14-1 victory over Voorheesville on Saturday.

Ryan Hoyt had five goals and three assists for the Sir Bills, while Chase Benton had two goals and two assists. Benton also won all 17 of his face-offs.

Jordan Fox also scored for Johnstown, while Bryce Mureness had three assists. Caden Mureness added one assists for the Sir Bills.

Non-league

Amsterdam 15, Troy 0

AMSTERDAM — Nick Covey finished with three goals and two assists to lead the Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth boys lacrosse team to a non-league victory over Troy at Lynch Literacy Academy on Monday.

Brady Naish netted three goals for the Rams, while Andy Welch had two goals and an assist. Christian Bottist had two goals for Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth, and Nate Bohm recorded a goal and an assist.

Mason Crounse, Alex DiCaterino, Ryan Welch and Chris Miller also scored for Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth, while Dom Blair made just one save to post the shutout in goal.

Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth (2-1 overall) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville today for a 5 p.m. contest.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 15, Johnstown 6

SCOTIA — Morgan Nichter finished with seven goals and two assists to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Johnstown on Monday.

Olivia Geniti recorded five goals and two assists for the Tartans, while Abby Esperti had two goals and three assists.

Taryn Ringer scored twice for Johnstown, while Emily Fleming had a goal and two assists. Molly Sweeney, Sadie Blowers and Nicole Simon also scored for the Lady Bills, while Kalena Eaton added an assist.

Maya Westbrook made nine saves for Scotia-Glenville.

Lindsay Lamori made 11 saves for the Lady Bills.

Johnstown (1-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) is scheduled to host Glens Falls on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Knox Field.

Greenwich 21, Amsterdam 2

GREENWICH — Faith Hewitt finished with six goals and two assists to lead Greenwich to a Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth on Monday.

Marley Smith had five goals and one assists for Greenwich (1-2 overall, 1-2 Foothills), while MacKenzie Dixson posted three goals and two assists. Lilly Peck scored twice for the Witches, while Liz O’Konski, Hayley Zanella, Molly Abate, Tess Merrill and Emily Scieszka also scored.

Annika Fedullo and Olivia Fraser scored for Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth.

Ryan Skiff made seven saves for Greenwich.

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