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Posted Thursday, June 11, 2009 by Albany Times Union

Guilderland falls to Yorktown

Dutchmen fell behind early and can't catch up in Section I matchup
By SEAN MARTIN, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Wednesday, June 10, 2009


ALBANY -- After a breakthrough season that featured its first Class A title in 11 years, a slow start in the state regional lacrosse final doomed the Guilderland Dutchmen Tuesday night.

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Guilderland ran into a buzz saw Tuesday night as Section I powerhouse Yorktown tallied seven goals in the game's opening period as claimed a 16-4 win over the Dutchmen at UAlbany's John Fallon Field.

Yorktown's John Ranagan won the opening face-off and quickly passed the ball to Remy Lieberman, who scored for the Cornhuskers just 12 seconds into the game as Yorktown (18-2) seized early control of the game.

After Ty Schuldt's goal at 1:02 gave the Cornhuskers a two-goal lead, Travis Moore put Guilderland (20-3) on the scoreboard to cut the deficit to 2-1.

"We were a little hyped-up, a little too overhyped, I guess," Guilderland coach Sean McConaghy said. "It's tough to play against this team with the firepower they have. We were running our offense in the beginning of the game but got away from that when we got behind by five goals. Their defense is great and their goalie played great."

Following Moore's goal, Yorktown responded with three goals in 78 seconds to increase the lead to 5-1. The Cornhuskers received man-up goals by Ranagan and Kevin Interlicchio during the spurt.

After Yorktown controled the time of possession throughout the early part of the quarter, Guilderland was able to mount a rally. Moore scored his second goal of the game and senior All-American Rory Nunamacher brought the Dutchmen within 5-3 with a man-up goal with 5:44 left in the first period.

"I thought we were going to make a run. I thought we were going to keep putting them away," said Nunamacher, who will play at the University of Hartford next year. "We were hoping to tie them up or go in down by one at halftime. But they kept putting them away. If we played them again, I think it would be a different story."

The momentum gained by Guilderland was short-lived as Justin Mabus and Schuldt scored to give Yorktown a 7-3 lead at the end of a wild first period. Tom Casey's two goals were the only goals of the second period as Yorktown took a 9-3 lead into halftime.

Yorktown, which has won 28 of the past 30 Section I titles, continued the onslaught in the second half, scoring the first six goals of the half before Nunamacher scored with 7:33 left to play in the game, ending a 34-minute, 11-second scoring drought for the Dutchmen.

Lieberman earned high-scoring honors with four goals and an assist while Interlicchio finished with three goals and an assist. Schuldt had three goals for the Cornhuskers. Rangan won 16 of 22 faceoffs for Yorktown.

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