POTSDAM - The Massena Central varsity girls lacrosse team steadily pulled away to a 16-7 NAC win on the road over Potsdam Central on Thursday.
I thought we played our best game so far this season, noted coach Jeffrey Slack after the Lady Raiders improved to 8-0 atop the NAC standings and 9-1 overall.
Junior Erin Francis led a balanced Massena attack with five goals and two assists. Senior Megan Poupore also broke the plane for five goals while Shaydi Oakes chipped in another three. Carlie Leary handed out three assists. Emma Dupree (1 assist), Steffanie Premo and Bethany Rogers netted the other Massena goals while Jaclyn Spinner and Dominique Valancius each logged solo assists as the Lady Raiders worked their way to a 7-3 halftime lead and stretched it to 9-3 early in the second half.
Keeley Rice accounted for the majority of the Potsdam offense, generating six goals and helping to set up the other by Kalie Grant (2 assists). Michaela Cole contributed two assists while Ally Miller finished with a solo helper.
Junior Alisha Jacobs turned aside eight shots backstopping the win before giving way to freshman Felicity Love, who posted one save over the final nine minutes of regulation. Freshman Katelyn Bloom finished with 12 stops working the Lady Sandstoner crease.
Massena returns to action on Monday at home against NAC rival Canton starting at 5 p.m. while Potsdam (5-5, 4-3) heads to Lake Placid this afternoon for a non-league contest against Northwood Prep.
Northwood Prep 8, Heuvelton 7: In the lone other varsity girls lacrosse matchup on Thursday, Northwood Prep outscored Heuvelton 5-4 in the second half to come away with the non-league win.
Erin Brand and Hallie Kent each scored three goals for the winners while Olga Russell connected for two goals. Casey Kilduff had five saves.
Jackie Sovie broke through for five goals for Heuvelton. Aliza Armstrong and Emilie Ross each scored once. Megan Hamilton came away with 11 saves in the setback.