POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central varsity boys lacrosse team steadily rallied to earn an 8-6 NAC decision at home over Saranac Lake for its first win of the season on Thursday.
“We’re a very young team. Hopefully this win will give us some confidence. We need it,” said coach Kevin Talcott after the Sandstoners overcame a 4-2 deficit with five straight goals before going on to deny the Red Storm (0-2).
“We got off to a slow start today but the kids hung in there and did a nice job of turning things around,” he added.
The teams traded goals to start the game before the Red Storm regained the lead with 3:08 left in the first quarter on a goal by Jeff Stevens.
The Red Storm outscored the Sandstoners 2-1 over the first two minutes of the second quarter, going ahead 4-2 when Chandler Gach broke through for his only goal of the game.
Sophomore Max Warden pulled Potsdam back to within one with his second straight goal before classmate Sammy Woods tied the game with 7:18 left in the first half off an assist from fellow sophomore Dylan Gruneisen. Freshman Keenan O’Gorman gave the Sandstoners their first lead with an unassisted goal less than two minutes later before Gruneisen completed the second-quarter scoring surge when he scored off an assist from Warden with 2:39 left to make it 6-2 at the half.
Freshman Billy Bergan relayed a pass from classmate Corson Green into a man-up goal 3:43 into the third quarter and that would hold up as the game-winner as the teams traded solo goals in both the final two frames. The Red Storm answered the Bergan goal with two straight tallies, cutting the deficit to 7-6 when Stevens netted his second of the game with 10:23 left in regulation but Warden sealed the win five minutes later off an assist from Gruneisen.
Junior Chase Palmer made 10 saves backstopping the win while Jacob Merrill handled nine shots working the Saranac Lake crease.
Both teams will be idle over spring break before returning to action the week of April 20.