OGDENSBURG - Spurtability is a quality which all championship teams show.
Massena showed that quality throughout Wednesdays 19-12 victory over OFA which fueled the Lady Raiders drive for a second straight unbeaten Northern Athletic Conference championship.
The Raiders were led by a pair of six-goal scorers in Erin Francis, who flourished with her creativity around the goal, and Dominique Valancius, who triggered any number of transition threats with her flashy open field speed.
The talents of the duo allowed the Raiders to make make a series of offensive microbursts which led to the difference on the scoreboard.
Megan Poupore scored four goals with one assist as a third major scoring option for the Raiders while Shannon Casey, Carlie Leary (1 assist) and Mai Jermano all scored single goals.
Our girls are really putting things together and putting the ball in the net. We have really improved our transition in recent games, said Massena Coach Jeffrey Slack. This was a good game today between two good teams. OFA has some very dangerous players on offense.
Molly Morrow continued her late-season emergence as one of the top scorers in the conference scoring five goals with one assist and Mackenzie Bresett drove for three goals and Kaitlin Sheppard (1 assist) scored off two pretty sniper shots in front of the net.
Natalie Perrigo and Sky Hoover each scored once and Nikki Holmes and Nicole Hammond passed out an assist.
I was extremely pleased with the way the girls played today. We have definitely improved a great deal and we definitely played them much better than in our first game, said OFA Coach Lauren Morley. When you play a team like Massena you just cant make mistakes because they take advantage. We had four turnovers in own end in the first half and right at the end of the half we gave up a goal because we shot too quickly.
Massena netminder Felicity Love and OFAs Erica Chase both collected 15 saves on the day.
Now 10-0 atop the NAC standings and 11-1 overall, the Lady Raiders return to action this afternoon with a non-league game at home against Northwood Prep starting at 4 p.m.
In the other two NAC contests on Wednesday, Potsdam outscored Salmon River 12-4 and Heuvelton downed Saranac Lake 14-2.
Potsdam 12, Salmon River 4: At Fort Covington, the Lady Sandstoners surged to a 9-1 lead by halftime and never looked back for the win. Michaela Cole (2 assists) and Keely Rice (1 assist) anchored the winning attack with three goals apiece. Annette Rishe (1 assist) and Abby Gruneisen added two goals each. Kalie Grant struck for the other goal while Ashley Anderson logged a solo assist.
Tewasherake Barnes paced the Lady Shamrocks with three goals. Kyra Thompson netted the other goal.
Katelyn Bloom turned aside nine shots backstopping the win while Ieonatsotha Thompson did likewise in the losing cause.
The Lady Sandstoners (5-5, 5-3) travel to Heuvelton on Friday while the Lady Shamrocks (0-7) are slated to host OFA. Both games face-off at 5 p.m.
Heuvelton 14, Saranac Lake 2: Emilie Ross generated seven goals and an assist in the winning effort while Jackie Sovie tallied four goals and one helper and Megan Hamilton blocked five shots backstopping the win.
Rita Munn and Kayleigh Woodruff netted the Red Storm goals while Sheila Decker recorded 10 saves.