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Salmon River boys win overall lacrosse title; Potsdam girls surge past Canton in semis

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The Salmon River boys netted a 15-1 decision over Massena Central in the Section 10 Boys Lacrosse Overall Championship Game while Potsdam Central rolled to a 16-4 win over Canton in the semi-finals of Class C Girls Lacrosse tournament on Thursday night.

SHAMROCKS DROP RAIDERS

At Mike Nicholas Field, the undefeated five-time Class C champion Shamrocks generated 12 unanswered first-half goals en route to reclaiming the overall sectional crown against the Raiders, who earn an automatic bid to the upcoming New York State tournament as the sole Class B team in the league.

Both teams will be hosting their Section 4 counterparts in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday at the Potsdam Central turf field with Salmon River’s game facing off at 3:30 p.m. p.m. and the Massena matchup at 6 p.m.

Dalston Day sparked the winning attack with six goals and two assists. Ky Tarbell (3 assists), Seth Oakes (1 assist) and Sky Sunday netted two goals apiece while Kyle Lewis (2 assists), Oakley Thomas and Ross Oakes each struck for singletons. Kason Tarbell rounded out the balanced effort with an assist.

Zack Hopps converted off an assist from Grayson Phillips in the third quarter to account for the lone Massena goal.

“We had a game plan and at times we did it well but they just become too much too handle,” noted Massena coach Kris Covell.

Kobi Johnson (5 saves) and Randy Peters (3 saves) split crease duties in the win while Kyle Cooke stood tall blocking 15 of the shots he faced for the Raiders.

The Shamrocks take an 18-0 record into the state tournament while Massena stands at 11-6.

POTSDAM GIRLS ADVANCE

Playing on their home turf, the Lady Sandstoners netted the first seven goals of the game then pulled away from a 7-2 halftime lead to gain a bid to the sectional final next Wednesday against top-seeded undefeated regular season champion Massena Central at the SUNY Canton turf field starting at 5 p.m.

Senior Keely Rice fueled the Potsdam attack with a seven-goal performance. Michaela Cole tallied two goals and two assists while Kalie Grant struck for a trio of goals. Annette Rishe broke through for a pair of goals. Ally Miller and Jenny Tardelli closed out the Potsdam scoresheet with a goal apiece.

Rachel Huntley, Alicia Jones, Katie Lapinsky and Maddison VanBibber each broke through for solo goals in the losing cause while Alison Noble logged a solo assist.

Katelyn Bloom made eight saves backstopping the win as Potsdam improved to 10-6 heading into a third meeting against the Lady Raiders. Megan Howard stopped eight shots for Canton (9-6).

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