JOHNSTOWN A strong start gave the Johnstown Sir Bills a big boost in Monday’s Wasaren League lacrosse match.
Playing in a steady rain, the Sir Bills put the Lansingburgh Knights in a 2-0 hole early in the first quarter.
However, the Knights used a four-goal performance from Mike Kingsley to turn back the Sir Bills, 11-3 at Knox Field.
“I think we are a young team and are not really disciplined yet,” Johnstown coach Scott Petrie said. “We were not running our offense and bending our knees on ground balls. They must have killed us on ground balls. With the mixture we have right now we will figure it out and pick it up.”
Johnstown got off to a fast start, using a spark from its defense to put the Knights down 1-0.
With seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Sir Bills’ goalkeeper Pete Wilson scooped up a ground ball near the net and launched a long pass upfield. Codie Wood received the pass, raced toward goal and fired a long shot that settled into the back of the goal for a 1-0 lead.
The Sir Bills kept the momentum on their side as they ran through an offensive set that put the ball on the stick of Pat Fleming for the shot and he finished the run with the goal for a 2-0 Johnstown lead with 3:37 left in the quarter.
The Knights began finding a passing rhythm and moved the ball around before Kingsley netted his first goal of the night with less than a minute remaining in the quarter to cut the lead to 2-1.
The teams matched intensity in the first half of the second quarter before Ryan Ouimet tied the game with his first goal of the match with 6:38 left in the half.
Lansingburgh closed out the half strong with Kingsley scoring two goals to go with one more from Ouimet and a goal from Jacob Elliott to stake the Knights to a 6-2 halftime advantage.
Lansingburgh stretched its lead to 9-2 early in the third quarter on another goal from Kingsley and two more from Pat Esposito.
Wood broke the Knight’s scoring run with his second goal of the match with 3:37 left in the period to put the score at 9-3 heading into the final period.
The Sir Bills picked up their game in the fourth quarter but the Lansingburgh defense held off the Johnstown attack as Elliott and Esposito tacked on a goal apiece to put the final score at 11-3.
Kingsley finished the night with four goals to push his Section II leading total to 16 on the season, while Ouimet finished with three goals for the Knights to go with two goals apiece from Elliott and Esposito.
Wood led Johnstown with his two-goal performance to go with Flemming’s score.
“They played their hearts out there in the fourth,” Petrie said. “I saw some spark there and that made me happy.”
Johnstown (0-5 overall, 0-2 Wasaren) is scheduled to travel to Greenwich on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Amsterdam 13, South Glens Falls 5
AMSTERDAM – Matt Fedullo finished with five goals and three assists to lead Amsterdam to a win over South Glens Falls at Lynch Literacy Academy.
Luigi Iorio recorded five goals and one assists for the Rams (4-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills), who led 7-1 at halftime.
On Saturday, Amsterdam posted a 7-4 win over Hoosick Falls.
Jon LaBahn finished with four goals to lead the Rams.