CANTON - The Section 10 Class C Girls Lacrosse Championship Game lasted the regulation 50 minutes on Wednesday but the first nine turned out to be the difference.
We got off to a great start and thats exactly what we talked about doing. We knew it was going to be a tough game but we were up for the challenge, said coach Jeffrey Slack after Massena Central relayed the momentum of an early 6-0 lead into a 10-5 decision over Potsdam Central at the SUNY Canton turf field.
Its always tough to beat a team twice in a season, let alone three times but the girls really practiced hard and they were ready today, added Slack.
The Lady Raiders (15-2), who competed in Class B the previous four years, earned their first trip to the New York State Class C tournament with the win but will have little time to prepare as they welcome top-ranked Section 3 champion CBA of Syracuse to the SUNY Canton turf today at 5 p.m..
I watched them play their sectional championship on television and they were impressive, noted Slack. They have some excellent players who are going on to play at Division I schools. Its going to be a tough one for us but its a chance for us to see where we want our program to go.
Against the Lady Sandstoners, Erin Francis closed out the early outburst with her only goal of the game at the 8:13 mark. Annette Rishe broke through for the first Potsdam goal two minutes later and sparked three-goal surge that cut the deficit in half. The teams then traded goals before Megan Poupore netted the fourth of her five goals off an assist from Francis with just under three minutes left in the first half to put the Lady Raider lead to 8-4 at the break.
All the second half scoring took place during a six-minute span with Poupore putting Massena ahead 9-4 at the 4:39 mark, Keely Rice countering with what turned out to be the final Lady Sandstoner goal two minutes later and Steffanie Premo closing out the scoring with 14:27 left with her only goal of the contest.
Shaydi Oakes and Francis both finished with a goal and two assists in the Massena effort. Shannon Casey connected for the other goal while Alisha Jacobs turned aside 10 of the shots she faced backstopping the win.
Rishe anchored the Potsdam attack with three goals. Rice tallied a goal and two assists while Abby Gruneisen struck for the other goal. Katelyn Bloom stood tall working the Lady Sandstoner crease for 12 saves.
Were a very young team but I thought we made a good showing today, noted Potsdam coach Sarah Bullard after her team closed out the season at 10-8. The score was much closer than the other two games we had against Massena and I thought we set the tone for a very positive future.