The top two seeds advanced in contrasting fashion in the semi-finals of the Section 10 Class C boys lacrosse playoffs on Monday.
At Fort Covington, number-one Salmon River earned a chance to defend the sectional crown by pulling away to a 16-1 win over Potsdam while host Canton Central withstood a determined second-half comeback to gain a 11-10 decision over St. Lawrence Central.
The Shamrocks and second-seeded Golden Bears will square off in the championship game on Wednesday at Massenas Mike Nicholas Field starting at 3 p.m. All-NAC awards will be presenting following the game. The Class C champion will then advance to an Overall Tournament final on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Field against unchallenged Class B champion Massena Central. Both the Class C and Class B champions are slated to host opening round games in their respective New York State tournaments on Wednesday, May 30, at the Potsdam Central turf field.
Salmon River 17, Potsdam 1: The Shamrocks took early control outscoring the Sandstoners 6-1 in the first quarter before reeling off 11 unanswered goals the rest of the way.
Ky Tarbell notched four goals and four assists while Seth Oakes generated three goals and four helpers to anchor the potent Salmon River attack. Dalston Day (2 assists), Sky Sunday (1 assist) and Lakota Square struck for two goals apiece. Kyle Lewis (1 assist), Kason Tarbell, Oakley Thomas and Kamm David each netted singletons.
Kyle Kingsley broke through for the lone Potsdam goal.
Kobi Johnson (11 saves) and Randy Peters (1 save) combined to backstop the near-shutout.as the Shamrocks pushed their undefeated record to 15-0 heading into Wednesday afternoons final. They swept their regular season games against Canton, taking the first matchup in Canton by the score of 19-8 on April 26 and the second in Fort Covington 17-8 last Thursday.
Jason Cardinal had 11 saves in the losing cause as the Sandstoners finished the season at 8-9 overall.
Canton 11, SLC 10: After building a 10-2 halftime lead, the host Golden Bears (13-4) weathered a pair of storms to gain their bid to the sectional final.
Mother Nature provided the first when a passing spring cloudburst produced a round of thunder shortly into halftime, leading to a 30-minute delay. Once the game resumed, the teams exchanged quick goals but the Larries eventually worked their way back from an 11-3 deficit, outscoring the Bears 6-1 in the third quarter then 2-0 in the fourth before falling short.
Jesse Gilbert led the way offensively with four goals and one assist as the Bears bolted out to a 6-1 lead by the end of the first quarter. Jack Elberty tallied a goal and three assists. Mike Mathews (1 assist) and Preston VanBibber each netted a pair of goals while Brandon Rodee and Eb Foote both finished with a goal and a helper. Tanner Sanderson and Zack Zeller each recorded solo assists.
Nate Cole, who finished his career at SLC as the programs all-time leading scorer, paced the Larries with three goals and two assists. Dalton Lottie (1 assist), Marshall Burninghausen and Ian Lynch connected for two goals apiece. Cody Burns had the other goals while Blake Baldwins, Logan White and Lukas Arquiett each posted solo assists.
Jeff Hammond turned aside 17 shots backstopping the win as the Bears improved to 13-4 overall heading into the sectional final against top-seeded Salmon River on Wednesday at Massena Centrals Mike Nicholas Field starting at 3 p.m. All-NAC awards will be presented following the game.
Zach Arquiett turned aside six shots working the crease for the Larries, who closed out the season at 10-7 overall.