Burnt Hills too much for Bulldogs Thursday

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MANCHESTER — Competing with a team that made it to the New York Class C state semifinals is a tough task for any team and that's exactly the challenge the Burr and Burton girls lacrosse team faced Thursday afternoon in its matchup with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

BBA gave the Spartans all they could handle Thursday with a strong first half the difference as Burnt Hills went on to win 12-8 at Taylor Field.

Despite the Bulldogs coming out on the losing end, first-year coach Jamie Burke was happy with the effort her team showed, especially against a team of the Spartans' caliber.

"We've really been looking forward to this game and upping our non-league schedule, so we can really push and compete with those teams that are up North," Burke said. "I'm very proud of the way we played. It was four goals and that could have gone either way."

The first half was back and forth throughout with each team trading goals in the opening half. Burnt Hills took advantage late and went up by four by halftime.

A major difference, especially late in the first half, was the Spartans ability to win the draw. In key moments where BBA needed to win the ball out of the draw, Burnt Hills consistently took the draws and in turn, controlled the possession. That led to the Spartans taking a lead.

"Draw controls are something we are continuing to work on," Burke said. "We were very much out-possessed in the first half. We never fully got past that. It was four goals at halftime and it finished at four goals."

The second half was evenly matched on both sides, with both teams mustering four goals in the last 25 minutes.

Burke takes that as a positive for her team to build upon. They competed with one of New York state's best and tied them in the second half, so they have something to hang their hat on.

Burnt Hills was led by senior Lauren Hopsicker. Hopsicker scored three goals in each half to notch a game-high six goals for the contest.

Burke knows how much of a difference the senior can have on a game and she recognized how the defensive pressure Hopsicker requires helps her team as a whole.

"(Hopsicker) is great on the one-on-one's and on the second dodges, then she's looking to feed. They're recognizing when to step in and when to crash," Burke said. "They got some nice feeds off of a couple dumps. With (Hopsicker) being as threatening as she is, it opens up the rest of her teammates. While she's very strong and can take it herself, she's willing to dish."

Kiera Walsh had a pair of goals and an assist for the Spartans. Four other players had a single goal.

Shayla Heekin led the way for BBA with three goals, while Julia Fillion and Sydney Goldfarb both scored a pair. Olivia Watanabe scored one goal for the Bulldogs.

BBA went with the two-goalie approach, with Cassie Pearce played the first half, while freshman Lola Herzog took over for the second half.

BBA falls to 1-2 on the season and are back in action today against CVU on the road. The game is scheduled for a 4:30 start.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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