Lady Bills get past Schenectady

JOHNSTOWN – Playing for the third time in as many days, the Johnstown girls lacrosse team got off to a slow start Wednesday in its non-league game with Schenectady at Knox Field.

The Patriots scored the game’s first goal and led 3-2 with 17:45 left in the first half before Johnstown hit its stride late in the first half.

“I knew we would be tired today,” Johnstown coach Denise Benton said. “That’s why we substituted so often. The girls did a good job pushing through on tired legs.”

The Lady Bills outscored Schenectady 4-1 over the final 17 minutes of the first half and carried their momentum into the second half on their way to a 14-7 win over the Patriots.

Mikaela Etherton and Kendra McCoy each had four goals for Johnstown, while Emma Heroth scored all three of her goals in the second half. Megan Anagnostopulos finished with two goals and two assists for the Lady Bills while Emily Havlicek also scored.

“I think we finally executed what we needed to execute today,” Benton said. “We played well today.”

Dahneqah Henderson, Marjorie Drohan and Kristen St. Andrews all scored two goals for Schenectady (6-10 overall), while Samantha Suriano also scored.

It was a back-and-forth first half as there were nine lead changes or ties in the opening 25 minutes.

Henderson opened the scoring for the Patriots on an assist from Breona Richmond just 49 seconds into the game.

Etherton answered for the Lady Bills just 24 seconds later on a assist from Emily Smrtic before McCoy scored on an assist from Anagnostopulos to give Johnstown a 2-1 advantage.

Suriano brought the Patriots even on an assist from Kaylie DelGiacco with 19:18 left in the first half. DelGiacco also assisted on a goal by Drohan with 17:45 remaining to give Schenectady a 3-2 lead.

Johnstown pulled even again with 16:57 left in the opening half on a goal by Etherton before Anagnostopulos gave the Lady Bills the lead with 12:21 left in the half.

St. Andrews answered for the Patriots with 10:50 to play in the first half.

Anagnostopulos and McCoy ended the back-and-forth run, scoring with 10:19 and 45 seconds left in the half, respectively, to give the Lady Bills a 6-4 halftime advantage.

The Lady Bills continued their roll into the second half as Etherton and McCoy scored in the opening minutes of the first half to make it 8-4.

Henderson scored to half the four-goal run by Johnstown, making it 8-5 with 17:57 to play.

The Lady Bills then put the game out of reach with four straight goals, pushing their lead to 12-5.

Heroth scored twice during the surge, while Etherton and McCoy each scored once.

Heroth and Havlicek closed out the scoring for Johnstown, while Drohan and St. Andrews scored the final goals for Schenectady.

“We had a full team effort today,” Benton said. “We passed the ball well today.”

Alexis Livingstone finished with 12 saves for Johnstown, including seven in the second half.

“Stone {Livingstone] did a great job in the second half,” Benton said. “She made a lot of big saves that helped us keep our momentum going.”

Isabella Laugen made eight saves for Schenectady.

Johnstown (5-10 overall) will host South Glens Falls on Friday at 4:15 p.m. in its final regular-season game before learning who it will face in the Section II Class C Tournament on Friday night.

“We would like to come away with another win before sectionals,” Benton said. “We’re looking to finish the regular season on a high note.”