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Salmon River boys defend Section 10 lacrosse title

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MASSENA – The undefeated Salmon River boys varsity lacrosse team remained unbeaten on the season, toppling the Canton Golden Bears 23-7 in the Section 10 Class C championship game played at Mike Nicholas Field in Massena.

SRC, now 16-0 on the season, broke a 3-3 tie with 10 second-quarter goals to hold a 13-4 lead at halftime. The Shamrocks scored another 10 goals during the second half to secure the victory and end Canton’s season at 13-5.

“I was a bit nervous during the beginning of the game,” said a relieved SRC Coach Jim Barnes. “Canton came to play and they performed well during the first quarter.”

Salmon River opened the scoring with the game’s first two goals only to watch the Golden Bears rally to take a 3-2 lead on goals from Eb Foote, Jesse Gilbert and Foote again. The third Bears’ marker came with just over six minutes remaining in the quarter.

Salmon River responded immediately as Kason Tarbell won the ensuing faceoff, raced up the field and beat Canton goalie Jeff Hammond to tie the game at 3-all. Hammond was named an Academic All-American at the conclusion of the contest.

It may have been something that Coach Barnes stated to his troups between the first two quarters, as SRC took command with seven consecutive goals to take a 10-3 lead on its way to the eight-goal halftime lead.

Salmon River’s All-American Dalston Day opened up the game’s scoring with Ky Tarbell setting up the marker. Tarbell put SRC up 2-0 with an unassisted tally prior to the Bears taking the lead.

Day opened up the second quarter barrage with Kyle Lewis, Kamm David, Trenton Tarbell, Kason Tarbell, Sky Sunday and Day all beating the Canton goalie to extend the Salmon River lead. Gilbert second his second of the game to break the SRC goal-scoring string as Ky Tarbell, Lewis and Day closed out the first-half scoring.

SRC put the game out of reach with seven goals in the third quarter with Day scoring twice with solo markers coming off the sticks of Ky Tarbell, Mason Hemlock, Sunday and Oakley Thomas during the stanza.

Thomas took control to open up the final period, taking a pass from Day and flipping a behind-the-head shot past the Canton keeper for the first goal of the last quarter. Day netted his seven goal of the game early in the fourth, with an assist from Thomas, as Hemlock closed out the SRC scoring.

Payton VanBibber, Cody Moore and Foote put home the game’s final three goals for Canton.

“They are a good team,” stated a dejected Canton Coach Tim Youngs. “I wish them luck in state play.”

With four seniors on the Canton squad, Youngs is looking forward to the next few lacrosse seasons.

“We are relatively young right now and this team has come a long way from the beginning of the season,” pointed out Youngs, who was named the Section 10 Coach of the Year. “I’m excited for the future of this program.”

Sentiments echoed by SRC’s Barnes.

“His program is going to be very strong over the next few seasons,” he noted.

Salmon River will put its unbeaten record on the line on Thursday, taking on Class B Champion Massena right back on Nicholas Field at 7 p.m.

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