QUEENSBURY — In a see-saw Class B semifinal Tuesday, Burnt Hills scored the final two goals for a wild 13-12 victory over Queensbury.
The loss denied Queensbury a return trip to the Section II boys lacrosse finals and ended its season at 12-5.
“It was nip and tuck all the way,” Queensbury head coach Adam Orr said. “It was a typical Burnt Hills-Queensbury game. It’s tough to swallow. Our goalie did a great job.”
In this battle of the Spartans — the teams share the nickname — Burnt Hills got goals from brothers Caden and Darien LaPietro to take the lead. Caden LaPietro scored the tying goal with 1:51 left in regulation, then assisted on his brother’s go-ahead goal with 1:08 to play.
Queensbury had taken a 12-11 lead two minutes into the fourth quarter as Grant Riley scored on a feed from Connor White.
White, a sophomore, also scored three goals to finish the season as Queensbury’s scoring leader with 62 points.
“A sophomore with a hat trick in a game like this — that’s big-time,” Orr said.
Paul Wright, who led the team in goals with 43, and Alex Chirgwin each had two goals and two assists, and Sam Benedetto scored twice.
Kellen Gannon made 14 saves in goal for Queensbury.
Caden LaPietro finished with five goals to lead Burnt Hills, which also got four goals from Ty McHerron and two from University at Albany-bound Darien LaPietro.
The loss was the final game for seven Queensbury seniors — Chirgwin, Gannon, Liam O’Mara, Nate Shine, Jordan Ziegler, Aiden Cunningham and Sean Collins — who finished four seasons of Foothills Council play with a remarkable 39-1 record. Chirgwin is headed to play lacrosse at Division II Saint Michael’s in Vermont, and Collins will play at Oswego State.
“They’re an outstanding group of kids,” Orr said. “They’re all very high-impact players — we’re losing a lot of good leadership. They pulled the team together midway through the year. The message was simple: get back to the sectional final.”
Queensbury came up just short of that goal, but did win the Foothills for the fourth straight year and seventh time in eight seasons. Queensbury split with Schuylerville this season to share the league title.
“The Foothills was not a cakewalk,” Orr said. “There are a lot of good teams.”