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Monday, April 12, 2010

Saratoga boys lax routed by Niskayuna, no one happy

It's hard to imagine after a 16-5 boys varsity lacrosse contest that BOTH coaches would be steaming...

Saratoga Springs coach Jon Coons had plenty of reason to be seeing red, well not the red of the Niskayuna Silver Warriors, but at the disappointing play of his Blue Streaks. The squad just couldn't connect with one another, lost the ground ball battles and were schooled by Niskayuna, 16-5.

So what about the other side? Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang also lit into his squad after the contest and probably with good reason. Fellow sportswriter from the Gazette, Jim Schiltz, who agreed that the Silver Warriors didn't look as sharp as they did the last game he covered him.


If there is any positive it's that the Blue Streaks won't see Niskayuna until May 20 and have a lot of time to get their timing together and with the Silver Warriors in Class B for classification, the Section II Class A title remains in the air.

Field notes: Monday's contest was held at Gavin Park in Wilton, moved from the Blue Streak's former home at East Side Rec. According to Saratoga Springs Athletic Director Peter Sheehan the demolition of the grandstands adjacent to the football/lacrosse field and timing of it was too close to the scheduled contest.

Saratoga will host Guilderland Friday afternoon once again at Gavin Park before moving the remainder of its games to the high school and under the lights on the football field.

Also the Blue Streaks game versus Shenendehowa on April 30th will now be on the road, under the lights on the Shen turf. In turn, the May 18 contest versus Shen will be at home under the lights at 7 p.m.

The May 18 date is the Suburban Council track championships at Shen and the chances of that finishing prior to a night lacrosse game was too close for anyone's comfort.

-- Stan Hudy

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