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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Section II Lacrosse Update: Weather, Bracket Chaos Reign Supreme


Chaos has reigned supreme so far in the Section II lacrosse tournaments. The thunderstorms that introduced themselves to the area earlier this week wreaked havoc on the schedule, especially Wednesday, when all three girls finals at UAlbany were postponed.

Here, now, is a quick analysis of the six brackets, three for each gender.


Class A: This is about the most normalized bracket you could have imagined. The lone upset came when No. 9 La Salle topped No. 8 Columbia in a play-in game, we haven't had any weather issues to speak of, and we're left with the top four seeds contesting the two semifinals on Thursday. Shen hosts Guilderland in the 1-4 game, while CBA welcomes Shaker in the 2-3.

Class B: Weather forced audibles in two quarterfinal games. BH-BL had to wait until Wednesday to play the final minutes of their 11-4 win over Queensbury, while Scotia and Albany Academy saw their entire game pushed back 24 hours. Meanwhile, juggernaut Niskayuna looked flat-out unbeatable in their first playoff game against Troy. The Silver Warriors scored 29 goals, 18 in the first quarter, and have not been beaten this year. The winner of Thursday's Ballston Spa-Burnt Hills game likely has a huge task on their hands Saturday at UAlbany in the final.

Class C: Glens Falls rolled Lansingburgh in their 1-4 semifinal, and Schuylerville is heavily favored in theirs this evening against a Cambridge team they beat twice this year. That would set up a rematch of Schuylerville's lone Class C loss all year, a one-goal defeat at the hands of the Indians late in the year that cost them the No. 1 seed.


Class A: Guilderland has looked every bit the part of the No. 1 seed this year, and they'll battle another very strong A team in Shaker, one that demolished No. 3 Shenendehowa in their semifinal round. These two teams have built up quite a rivalry, and the vibe after Shaker's semifinal win was that this game was going to come down to the final minutes and whoever made more plays.

Class B: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake beat perennial powerhouse Niskayuna in one of the best high school games I've seen all year. Now, they get Queensbury, who they were tied with late in their season opener before yielding five consecutive goals to end the game. Coach Jake McHerron has said his squad is a much better unit than they were that night at Union College, so this should be a fun game to watch Thursday.

Class C: Albany Academy has been rolling all season long. Their losses have come to bigger schools, and in the one I was in attendance for (against Shen), the Bears kept the game close with pressure defense. At this level, their offense can be very potent. They go up against Emma Willard, who sprung an upset over Glens Falls on the road in their semifinal and are, to an extent, playing with house money at this point.

I'll definitely be at the BH-BL/Queensbury girls game, which at this point is still set for 5:30 p.m. at UAlbany. Additionally, I'll definitely be at the Class B boys final Saturday, and will be at the A and/or C finals if Shen and/or Schuylerville win their semifinal games. You can follow me on Twitter for all the latest updates from those games at @AndrewChampagne.


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