Lady Bills lose to Glens Falls

JOHNSTOWN – It was a game of ups and downs for the Johnstown girls lacrosse team Wednesday.

The Lady Bills scored the game’s first goal against Glens Falls and rallied from a 4-1 first-half deficit to take a 5-4 lead only to have the Indians outscore them 8-2 the rest of the way.

The end result was a 12-7 win for Glens Falls and a frustrating loss for Johnstown at Knox Field.

“We tried to rush it up too much and had some bad passes,” Johnstown coach Denise Benton said. “We couldn’t come up with big plays when we needed to.”

Lydia Knapp scored five goals to lead Glens Falls, while Lauren Stamatel finished with four goals.

Emma Morrissey scored twice for the Indians, while Monica Harvey scored once.

Skylar Swatt scored four goals to lead Johnstown, while Kendra McCoy scored twice. Mikaela Etherton also scored for the Lady Bills.

McCoy opened the scoring for the Lady Bills with 24:34 left in the first half on an assist from Swatt.

Glens Falls answered with four straight goals, getting two from Knapp and two from Stamatel to grab a 4-1 lead with 18:44.

The Lady Bills regrouped and responded with four straight goals of their own to regain a one-goal lead.

McCoy and Swatt each scored twice in the surge for Johnstown, while Morgan Coons and Megan Anagnostopulos each had an assist as the Lady Bills to a 5-4 lead with 8:11 left in the half.

Glens Falls closed out the half with four unanswered goals to take an 8-5 lead at the break.

Knapp scored twice for the Indians, while Stamatel and Morrissey each scored once.

Glens Falls continued its momentum after the half as it scored three straight goals to push its lead to 11-5.

Morrissey, Knapp and Stamatel all scored in the first 11 minutes of the half for the Indians.

Swatt scored for Johnstown with 9:57 to play, only to have Harvey answer for Glens Falls to make it 12-6.

Etherton scored the game’s final goal for the Lady Bills on an assist from Swatt with 7:08 to play, making the final score 12-7.

“I think our team is right where it needs to be,” Benton said. “Sometimes you get good breaks, and sometimes you don’t.”

Johnstown (1-3 overall) will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday.