GUILDERLAND Guilderland girls lacrosse coach Gary Chatnik didn't like seeing all of the turnovers his team committed in the first six minutes of Thursday's Suburban Council game against Shenendehowa, and he let his players know it.
The Lady Dutch gathered themselves and went on a 7-0 run that sparked a 16-5 victory over the Plainswomen.
"We were throwing the ball away early on," said Chatnik. "Once we really started playing good defense and stopped committing those silly turnovers, we played extremely well."
Kelly Camardo kickstarted Guilderland's offense with a natural hat trick in the first half. Camardo's first goal came 6:36 into the game. She then followed that up by scoring with 12:10 left in the half and again with 10:15 left.
"We wanted to come out strong, and we did," said Camardo. "We were really prepared for this game knowing what a good team Shen is. I was really excited to score, but everyone on the team can score. So, I guess today was my turn."
Kendall Cietek made the score 5-0 with a pair of goals. MacKenzie Cietek and Michaela Maybee then each added a goal to put Guilderland ahead 7-0 before Kelly Wall tallied for Shen with 15 seconds left in the first half.
Kendall Cietek made sure Shen didn't stay in the game for long. She scored three times in the first seven minutes of the second half to increase Guilderland's lead to 10-1.
"We've been working on coming up from behind (the goal) and shooting where the goalie isn't," said Kendall Cietek. "We also talked about patience. A little bit of patience paid off for me today."
Morgan Hardt, Shelby Iapoce and Ali Cardinal tallied a short time later to put the Lady Dutch ahead by 12 goals. The Plainswomen went on a 4-0 run on goals by Kristen Connors, Danielle Dechuhna, Paige Byrne and Wall, but that was as close as Guilderland's defense would allow Shen to get as the Lady Dutch closed the game with three consecutive goals.
"Our defense dictated the game," said Chatnik.
Guilderland goaltender Jessica Madsen made six saves before coming out in the second half when the game was in hand. Kaitlyn Hess stopped five shots in relief.
"She is great at seeing the ball," Chatnik said of Madsen. "Shen had the ball a lot. She played extremely well. A goalie should keep you in a game, and she did just that."