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Olsen saves day for ShenClifton Park Brady Olsen is getting the hang of this playoff lacrosse thing. The senior goalie, in his first year as a starter at Shenendehowa, delivered when his team truly needed him most Tuesday night. Shaker senior attack Luke Julien, the program's No. 2 all-time leading scorer, charged forward looking to tie the score. Olsen was able to deny his shot attempt with 1:01 left and the Blue Bison never got another chance to score as the Plainsmen avenged a 2017 loss in the final with an 8-7 victory in the Class A semifinals. "It feels really good," Olsen said. "They are a really good team. We got the win in the regular season and we wanted to get this one as well." The second-seeded Plainsmen (13-5), ranked No.
Shenendehowa boys' lacrosse wins Class A quarterfinalSecond-seeded Shenendehowa raced out to an 8-0 lead at the end of the first period and cruised to a 16-5 win over visiting Saratoga Springs on Saturday in a Section II Class A boys' lacrosse quarterfinal contest in Clifton Park. Pat Nagy scored four goals and had two assists and Eric Makhatadze chipped in with three goals and four assists to lead the Plainsmen. Will Fox had two goals and an assist for the seventh-seeded Blue Streaks. More boys' lacrosse: Shaker built a commanding 7-2 halftime advantage and coasted to a 12-6 win in another Class A quarterfinal game. Luke Julien paced the Blue Bison with two goals and four assists.
Shen tops Shaker in rematch of last year's finalClifton Park The primary objective for the Shenendehowa boys' lacrosse team Saturday was to methodically attack Shaker's vaunted zone defense. Of course, in order to do that, you first must gain possession of the ball. That is where Justin Leblanc entered the equation. Leblanc, a senior midfielder bound for Stony Brook, is the face-off specialist for the Plainsmen. He did not always capture his draws cleanly in battles against Shaker standout Aidan Feurer, but Leblanc's tenacity - along with that from Jack Hyde and Duncan Hill - helped Shen secure eight wins in 11 attempts during the first half. That vital work allowed the Plainsmen to establish and execute its offensive game plan.
Shenendehowa lacrosse attack balanced in win over GuilderlandClifton Park The 2017 season concluded short of the desired destination for the Shenendehowa boys' lacrosse team in the form of a loss to Shaker in the Section II Class A final. For the players returning this spring, the message from coach Jason Gifford has been harped on during the offseason and reinforced through practice and during the early stages of this season: Move the ball, and move it often. "What we have been preaching with this group is the unit is going to be stronger than the individual," Gifford said. "They share the ball. They play hard. They look for each other and know where the others are on the field. When the ball is moving and we find the open guy, we're tough to stop.