BURNT HILLS — For most of the first half of Tuesday night’s Class D regional girls lacrosse game, Schuylerville played lights out.
By the time the lights actually did go out late in the second half, the momentum was decidedly in Millbrook’s favor.
Powered by Kaitlyn Daly’s seven-goal outburst, Millbrook pulled away from the Black Horses for a 15-10 victory — a first for a Section IX program in regional play.
It left Schuylerville’s opening salvo -- a 5-0 lead in the game’s first 13 minutes -- a distant memory in a crazy game that included an hour-late start because of thunder delays and an actual blackout of the field lights.
“It was a tough loss because in the beginning we really had our momentum,” said junior midfielder Ali Burnham, who led the Black Horses with four goals and an assist. “I think we thought we had it, and then we lost it -- they kept scoring and we got our heads down.”
“We started stronger, they finished stronger,” said Schuylerville coach Erin Lloyd, whose team finished its program-best season at 16-3 overall. “We definitely came out on fire -- maybe too much, too soon -- and then kind of sat back.
“I used the term lazy, because that’s what I saw, and they know it,” Lloyd added. “You hit that threshold so quickly, and then you kind of sit back -- and you can’t do that at this level, at all.”
After the Horses had sprinted out to a 7-2 lead late in the first half, Millbrook (14-1) had gathered its composure and began its rally. The Blazers scored the next seven goals, including four in the first 5:15 of the second half to seize a 9-7 lead.
Schuylerville tied the score at 9-9 on back-to-back goals by Burnham and Cassie Patrick, but Millbrook slipped away again. Sloppy play did not help the Horses in the second half.
With 12:42 left in the game, and the Horses trailing 11-9, the Centennial Field lights shut off, plunging the teams and fans into darkness.
About 15 minutes later, the lights came back and the game resumed. According to a Burnt Hills official at the field, the lights went out because of a miscommunication about what the time the game would be over. The start of the game had been delayed by two thunder delays during the first game, a Class C regional won by Burnt Hills.
“When the lights went out, we were like, ‘All right, this is our time,’” Burnham said. “Our coach didn’t have any more timeouts, so we were like, ‘Let’s go, we’re ready, we’re gonna come back.’ We played it out to the end, they just got us.”
The comeback never materialized, as Millbrook outscored the Horses 4-1 over the final 12 minutes.
“We did some things that didn’t help ourselves, but again, you have to take this as a learning opportunity for them,” Lloyd said. “We only have two seniors on the field (midfielder Alexa Goldenberg and goalie Brooke Carpenter), and the bigger piece for these returning players is the lessons to take away from it.
“They have nothing to be upset about -- this is the best season in our program history,” Lloyd added. “They are literally paving the way and making the stepping stones from where we got to last year, one step further this year.”
Class D Regional Final
Millbrook (14-1);5;10 -- 15
Schuylerville (16-3);7;3 -- 10
Millbrook: Kaitlyn Daley 7-3, Taylor Redl 2-0, Brooke Babbitt 2-1, Carrie Halpin 1-0, Stephanie Williams 1-1, Isa Rosenzweig 1-0, Kelly Waters 1-1, Catherine Halpin 0-1.
Schuylerville: Ali Burnham 4-1, Amy Moreau 2-1, Cassie Patrick 2-0, Hailey Abruscato 1-0, Claire Barton 1-0.