It hasn’t been a pleasant spring, weather-wise, but with so much artificial turf around, the lacrosse season hasn’t lost any time. Area players’ skill level continues to grow, helping teams have loftier postseason aspirations.
Greenwich is the defending Section II Class D boys’ champion, and should be favored again despite losing some notable players to graduation. Queensbury’s boys have been ranked in the early Class B state polls and hope to make it out of an always-difficult class. Glens Falls is the defending Class C champion and has a high amount of skill level to repeat.
On the girls’ side, Saratoga Springs is loaded with talent and looks like it could make a run at a Class A title. Queensbury hopes to finally get by Niskayuna for a Class B crown, and Schuylerville is the defending Class D champion and looks poised to repeat.
Glens Falls: The Indians’ attack is led by Hogan Fox and Nolan Hogan, both proven scorers. While the midfield is athletic and filled with potential, its newcomers need to develop quickly. Thompson Collins has good size and finishing ability at midfield. The defense is led by Mitch Montgomery, while Nick Danehy and Coleman Leland have length and size to make things difficult for opponents.
Queensbury: With one of the best faceoff men available in Nico Mattia, possession shouldn’t be a problem for the Spartans. How they finish plays will tell the story. Midfielder Alex Chirgwin should help there, along with attackman Dawson LaLuna. Defensively, junior Mitchell Jones, who committed to Le Moyne, leads the way. Cole Carpenter and Kellen Gannon will split time in goal.
South Glens Falls: The Bulldogs hope to improve upon last year’s record. It will have to start from the back and move forward, and that’s in the capable hands of goalie and captain James Linehan. Thomas Linehan is a senior who leads the midfield. He’s skilled at creating scoring chances. Also, Darwin Weller is a grinder at the midfield. Senior Jared Fisher has shown good stick skills on the attack.
Cambridge: The Indians would like to make it back to the Class D sectional final. Midfielder Gabe Sgambettera and attackman Zack Rowland should help lead the offense. Jonas Butz and Max Hoffer will also provide all-around play and leadership. Daniel Blanchfield is between the pipes.
Greenwich: The Witches lost high-scorers Hayden Stalter and Jack Pemrick to graduation, but the cupboard isn’t bare in Washington County. Luke Pemrick and Henry Gartner have shown good scoring ability early on. Luke Jordan is a big factor at the faceoff X, and Reese Cristaldi will help lead a strong defensive unit. Having a returning goalie always helps, and Gage Boddery is in his fourth year as a starter.
Glens Falls: Phoebe Fox and Sarah Blow should provide a spark on offense, while Kasi Johnson gets the start in goal.
Greenwich: The Witches are led by all-around athlete Emma Brophy, who recently scored 11 goals in a game, as well as Megan Steindl and Julie Kuzmich. Sophie Manera will be the starting goalie.
Queensbury: The Spartans have been runners-up to Niskayuna in Class B for three straight years, and they’re hoping to break the cycle of threes this year. UNH-bound Rachel Spaulding leads a talented offense. Fellow attack Lauren White, midfielder Maddie Montgomery and Jordan Bentley should also help add to the scoring. Taryn Kain takes over in goal.
Schuylerville: The Black Horses have the solid leadership and scoring ability of Amy Moreau and Morgan Gunter. Other players to watch include Alison Burnham, Claire Barton, Cassie Patrick, Grace Hanehan and goalie Katie Claps.
South Glens Falls: The Bulldogs are rebuilding this season, but hope to work hard and learn quickly. Annika Kreppein is a strong midfielder and leader. Attack Erica Paton has shown a great shot thus far.
Saratoga: The Blue Streaks are off to a solid beginning. The offense is led by Bucknell-bound Katie Wendell and junior Lindsey Frank, who has committed to the University of Richmond for both field hockey and lacrosse. Other players to watch include midfielder Katie Silver (Brown University), Sophia Burke, Grace Purdy, Reilly Hogan, Ella Payer and goalie Abigail Searles.