Three teams went into NAC varsity boys lacrosse games on Thursday looking to continue undefeated league starts but only Salmon River stayed on track after pulling away to a 19-7 win over Canton Central in an early-season matchup of unbeatens.
At St. Lawrence Central, meanwhile, the Larries regrouped from a late Potsdam comeback to hand the previously undefeated Sandstoners an 11-10 overtime setback.
Salmon River 19, Canton 7: The Shamrocks reeled off seven unanswered goals in the first quarter and never looked back in handing the Bears their first NAC loss in six tries.
We didnt get off to a very good start today but were a young team and Im proud of the way we didnt quit against a quality Salmon River team, noted coach Tim Youngs.
Dalston Day generated four goals and four assists in leading the potent attack. Russ Oakes (3 assists) and Austin Cavender (2 assists) struck for three goals apiece while Kyle Lewis (3 assists) and Trenton Tarbell broke through for two goals each. Stiking for solo goals were Kiio Jacobs, Kason Tarbell, Lakota Square, Sky Sunday and Roweren Lazore.
For the Bears, Peyton VanBibber and Jesse Gilbert led the way with two goals each. Jack Elberty, Eb Foote and Mike Matthews netted the other goals. Tanner Sanderson notched three assists and Ellis Curtis chipped in a solo helper.
Kobi Johnson made six saves through the first three quarters working the Salmon River crease before Randy Peters came on to handled another three shots through the final frame. Jeff Hammond recorded 11 stops for the Bears while Alex Sosbee came on to post another saves through the final four minutes in relief.
The Shamrocks are slated to play at Massena on Tuesday while the Bears host Potsdam on Saturday at 11 a.m.
SLC 11, Potsdam 10 (OT): A see-saw battle from start to finish ended when Marshall Burninghausen one-timed a pass from Ian Lynch 1:24 into the first four-minute sudden-victory overtime to lift the Larries past the Sandstoners, who had tied the game with two goals in the final minute.
Our kids did a great job of keeping their composure today, noted coach Chris Rose. This was a very nice win for us.
Nate Cole led the way offensively for the Larries with four goals and four assists. Logan White fashioned three goals while Lukas Arquiett chipped in a pair. Lynch also had a goal to go along with his assist on the game-winner while Dalton Lottie accounted for the other goal.
Sam Miller (2 assists) and Cody Compeau (1 assist) paced the Sandstoners with two goals each. Nate Carey (1 assist), Stephen Lewis, Kyle Kingsley, Kyle Grant, Hayden Hart and Garrett Kilgore connected for the other goals.
Kody Kocsis made 10 saves working the crease in the win while Jason Cardinal turned aside eight shots for the Sandstoners.
The Larries worked their way to a 3-2 lead in the first quarter but the Stoners produced three unanswered goals in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.
Potsdam led 7-6 heading into the fourth where the Larries reeled off four straight goals. Arquiett capped the surge with his second of the game that put SLC ahead 10-8 with just 1:28 left in regulation.
The Sandstoners countered 30 seconds later when Compeau converted after a long rush then tied the game with just four second remaining when Kilgore connected from Miller after Compeau had controlled a groundball near midfield and quickly worked it upfield.
The Larries, now 3-2 in the NAC and overall, hit the road this weekend for their first non-league action this spring, playing at Glens Falls on Saturday at 11 a.m. and at Queensbury on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Sandstoners travel to Canton on Saturday for an 11 a.m. matchup against their Route 11 rivals.
In the other two NAC games played on Thursday, Massena outscored Colton-Pierrepont 15-3 and OFA beat Saranac Lake 16-8.
Massena 15, C-P 3: At Mike Nicholas Field, the Raiders built an 8-2 halftime lead en route to raising their league record to 3-2. Zack Hopps (4 assists) and Grayson Phillips (2 assists) sparked the Massena offense with four goals each. Josh Blair struck for another three while Rhoades Tarbell (2 assists), Sako Rourke (2 assists) and Dalton Mullen each netted singletons. Jordy Mitchell, Evan Kassian and Luke Bender all contributed solo helpers.
Dustin Andrus, Gyle Dominy and Scott Boyce scored for the Colts.
Kyle Cook (10 saves) and Dylan Stone (2 saves) combined to backstop the win while Craig Miller stood tall making 21 saves for C-P (0-7, 0-5).
The Raiders, now 5-2 overall, return to action on Saturday at Saranac Lake starting at 11 a.m. while the Colts are slated to host OFA on Saturday at 9 a.m.
OFA 16, Saranac Lake 8: In Lake Placid, the Blue Devils ran out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the first quarter then put the game out of reach with a 5-2 fourth-quarter surge in posting their first win of the season. Jake Garrison had four goals and an assist in the winning effort. Andrew Roddy added three goals while Cody McCormick and
Trey Lawrence both finished with two goals and an assist. Spencer Lawrence made 11 saves backstopping the win.