Spartans overpower Sir Bills

JOHNSTOWN – One day after posting its first win of the season, the Johnstown boys lacrosse team was back in action Thursday for its Foothills Council opener against Queensbury at Knox Field.

The Spartans quickly ended the Sir Bills’ hopes of a second straight victory, jumping out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter on their way to an 18-2 win.

“Queensbury is a different level of competition from what we’ve seen so far,” Johnstown coach Scott Petrie said. “We’re hoping to get to that level. We’re working on building a foundation for our program right now.”

The Spartans got six goals and two assists from Ben Willows, while Braden Kietzman finished with four goals and two assists as a total of seven different players scored for Queensbury.

Rob Pollaro had two goals for the Spartans, while Ted Nolan had a goal and an assist. Dylan Borkowski, Zoran Morrell, Kolin Kristel and Shay Benedetto all scored once for Queensbury, while Tyler Raymond had five assists.

“We try to spread it around. We’re a young team,” Orr said. “We’re trying to get everybody experience because it will only help us in the long run.”

Queensbury scored the first five goals of the game to open up a 5-0 advantage in the first eight minutes of play.

Willows and Keitzman each had two goals in the opening flurry for the Spartans, while Pollaro scored the game’s first goal.

Jeremiah Robinson scored Johnstown’s first goal with 3:42 left in the first quarter on an assist from Jeremy Mowrey.

Queensbury scored the next four goals to extend its lead to 9-1 with 9:08 left in the first half.

Mowrey scored the Sir Bills’ final goal of the game with 5:18 left in the second quarter on an assist from Austin Brand.

Queensbury ended the half with three straight goals to take a 12-2 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Spartans outscored the Sir Bills 6-0 to seal the 18-2 victory.

“I thought we held our composure,” Petrie said. “Our defensive zone looked good in the second half. This game was a learning experience for us.

The Sir Bills, who posted a 13-8 win over Voorheesville on Wednesday, played without goalie Zack Simone against Queensbury. Simone was injured late in Wednesday’s win over the Blackbirds.

In his place, Ethan Hale made seven saves in his first action in goal for Johnstown.

“Ethan [Hale] had never even put on the chest protector let alone play goalie before today,” Petrie said. “He stepped in there and did the best he could for us.”

Will Goody finished with five saves for Queensbury.

“It was nice to get outside on a nice day and play,” Orr said. “To actually be on a full field was great.”

Johnstown (1-2 overall, 0-1 Foothills) will host Utica-Notre Dame on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Queensbury (2-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills) will travel to Troy for a noon contest Saturday.

“We were a little shorthanded today,” Petrie said. “Hopefully, we’ll be restocked for Saturday’s game.”