POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central girls lacrosse team struck for the first nine goals en route to posting a 17-6 win at home over Salmon River in the first round of the Section 10 Class C Tournament on Tuesday.
Keeley Rice (3 assists) and Michaela Cole (2 assists) broke through for six goals apiece as the Sandstoners advanced to a semi-final round matchup at home against Canton Central on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Jenny Tardelli and Annette Rishe contributed two goals apiece toward the winning effort while Mallory Fisher accounted for the other.
Kiera Thompson paced the Lady Shamrocks with two goals. Tewasherake Barnes, Carcie Bigtree-Thompson, Jaiden Mitchell and Victoria Thompson struck for the other goals.
Katelyn Bloom turned aside seven shots backstopping the win while Ieonatsotha Thompson made four saves for Salmon River which closed out the season at 0-14.
In the other two first round games on Tuesday, Canton stopped Saranac Lake 16-9 and OFA turned back Heuvelton 18-10.
Canton 16, Saranac Lake 9: At Canton, the Bears (9-5) rolled to a 10-2 lead by before advancing past the Red Storm.
Katelyn Lumbard generated five goals and one assists, Kathleen Lapinski and Alicia Jones each tallied two goals and two assists, and Tessa Knight accounted for two goals and one assist to lead Canton. Emily Pinckney and Rachael Huntley each scored twice for the winners while Erica Whinnery added a goal and one assist.
Megan Howard stopped 11 shots.
Rita Munn scored three goals and drew two assists for the (3-11) Red Storm. Kaleigh Woodruff scored two goals and one assist while Kylie Sapone, Elena Beideck, Macy Fischer, and Shelia Decker added connected once.
Decker (6 saves) and Katey Snyder (4 saves) played goal for the Red Storm.
OFA 18, Heuvelton 10: At Father Martin Field in Ogdensburg, the Lady Blue Devils worked their way to an 8-5 halftime lead before pulling away from their Route 812 rivals.
Kaitlin Sheppard led the winning attack with six goals and one assists. Molly Morrow tallied three goals and five helpers while Nikki Holmes logged two goals and two assists as OFA improved to 8-7 overall.
Emilie Ross netted four goals and set up another for Heuvelton (3-12). Aliza Armstrong scored three times and Jackie Sovie struck for the other two.
Erica Chase worked the OFA crease for 15 saves while Megan Hamilton stopped 10 shots in the losing effort.
OFA will now head to top-seeded regular season champion Massena tonight for a 7:30 p.m. at Mike Nicholas Field.