Monster second half sees Manhasset beat BH-BL in women’s lacrosse semifinal

CORTLAND — Running into a deficit multiple times in the first half isn’t how the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake women’s lacrosse team wanted to operate, but when the first 25 minutes of action came elapsed, the Spartans found themselves at an impasse with Section VIII champion Manhasset.

“We came back twice losing four. The girls showed their fight,” said BH-BL coach Katie Kerner.

The rallies were certainly impressive. It would take a lot more. Manhasset fabricated another quick flurry of goals and this time it proved too much for BH-BL to overcome.

Six minutes into the second half, the Spartans’ superlative closeout of the first half had been overwhelmed by a flurry of goals from the Indians. Manhasset, the same school that eliminated the BH-BL boys’ lacrosse team in the Class C state semifinals at the University of Albany, saw their girls’ lacrosse team score 11 of 12 goals scored after intermission to reach Saturday’s final with a 20-10 decision over the Spartans.

The Indians performed a tour de force in the last 25 minutes, keeping possession of the ball for most of the second half.

“They have the depth on their side that we just don’t have,” Kerner said.


Manhasset (14-2) scored four goals in 52 seconds to break a 9-9 halftime tie and take a 13-9 lead with 22:13 remaining. The Indians’ biggest star on Friday, Richmond forward Alexis Morton, scored twice to make it 15-9. Morton led the offense with six goals and two assists

“We have worked hard all season and we have something to be proud of,” said BH-BL junior midfielder Ella Blesi. “Of course we would have liked to go further. When we lost two or three goals in the second half, I think we always thought we could come back. When it came to five or six, we kind of got it. so lost.”

“When it got to 15-9 they started holding the ball. If you go out to challenge they pass out and run away and then you chase and get out of position,” the junior midfielder said BH-BL MK. said Lescault.

The Lescault sisters combined to score six times as MK Lescault scored four goals and his younger sister, seventh grader Maggie Lescault added two goals and an assist. Blesa scored twice and Grace Tullock added a goal and an assist for a side that will only release four active senior members from the 2022 roster. The painful ending certainly provided enough of a charge to seek a place in the comeback tournament next spring.

“The good thing about having a young team is you know they’re going to work to get back here,” Kerner said.

“It’s been a great season. It’s a team that has really come together,” said MK Lescault. “We really want to come back here.”

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