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Salmon River laxmen improve to 9-0; Hopps sets record in Massena reversal

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The Salmon River varsity boys lacrosse team improved to 9-0 while Massena Central netted revenge for the second time in as many days on a rain-soaked Tuesday in the NAC.

Salmon River 19, Colton-Pierrepont 2: At Colton, the Shamrocks bolted out to a 5-1 lead by the end of the first quarter then outscored the Colts 6-0 in the second to take full control. Braiden Sunday anchored the winning attack with two goals and three assists. Oakley Thomas also tallied a hattrick while Ky Tarbell (2 assists), Sky Sunday (1 assist) and David Roundpoint connected for two goals apiece. Trent Tarbell generated a goal and three assists while Kyle Lewis fashioned five assists.

Noah Whalen and Jake Angleberger struck for the C-P goals while Dan Knight and Mike Murray each logged solo helpers.

Randy Peters turned aside six shots backstopping the win while Dustin Andrus had five saves in the losing cause.

The Shamrocks host OFA on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. while the Colts (0-11) head to Potsdam for a 7:15 p.m. encounter with the Sandstoners.

Massena 17, Canton 10: At Mike Nicholas Field, senior attackman Zack Hopps reached an individual milestone in helping to spark the Raiders past the Bears, who had notched a 16-0 win in the first meeting of the season between the two squads.

Hopps entered the regular season rematch needing eight points to set the all-time scoring record for varsity boys lacrosse at Massena. He wound up with six goals and three assists to raise his four-year career mark at 236 points, two more than the 234 produced by Taylor Elsner in 2010.

“We were all well aware of what Zack needed coming into the game today. For him to put up those numbers against a team like Canton says a lot. We really played a complete game,” noted coach Kris Covell after the Raiders improved to 8-4 overall and 6-4 in the NAC.

Rhoades Tarbell and Grayson Phillips both generated three goals and an assist toward the win as the Raiders worked their way to a 6-3 lead by the end of the first quarter then broke away from a 9-6 halftime lead with four unanswered goals in the third. Ross Driscoll also scored three times while Jordy Mitchell contributed a goal and five assists. Sako Rourke netted the other Raider goal while Josh Blair recorded a solo assist.

Jesse Gilbert anchored the Canton offense with four goals and two assists. Jack Elberty (1 assist) and Payton VanBibber added two goals each. Tanner Sanderson and Eb Foote netted the other goals while Sean Rodee finished with an assist.

Kyle Cooke had 10 stops working the crease for the win while Jeff Hammond (2 saves) and Nate Gibson (8 saves) combined to backstop the Canton (9-3, 7-2) effort.

The Raiders head to Brasher Falls to take on St. Lawrence Central on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

In the other NAC boys lacrosse matchups on Tuesday, St. Lawrence Central stopped OFA 12-7 and Potsdam played at Saranac Lake.

SLC 12, OFA 7: The visting Larries used a fast start and a clutch finish to deny a gritty effort by OFA at Kennedy School.

The Larries (6-2 NAC) opened a 5-1 lead after one quarter and tallied two quick-strike transition goals in the final four minutes after a concerted comeback effort by the Devils (2-8 NAC) cut the difference to 10-7.

The Larries were led by Marshall Burninghausen, who tallied five goals with one assist. Dalton Lottie struck for three goals and set up two others, Ian Lynch delivered two goals and one assist, Nate Cole and Blake Baldwin added one goal and one assist and Cody Burns netted a single goal for SLC.

Andrew Roddy picked up three goals and one assist to pace the Blue Devils. Jake Garrison tallied one goal with two assists for OFA, Cody McCormick, Nick Perrigo and Dave Middlemiss each scored a goal and Jordan McCormick logged one assist.

Kody Kocsis stopped 13 shots in the SLC goal and triggered transition threats with quick outless passes. Spencer Lawrence finished with nine saves on a day when both goalies handled a series of difficult chances.

The Larries host Massena on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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