CANTON – It was a battle of the unbeatens that didnt wind up being much of a battle.
A pair of NAC undefeated boys lacrosse teams squared off at SLUs North Country Field on Tuesday, with the Salmon River Shamrocks winding up with a one-sided 12-1 victory to move into sole possession of the leagues top spot.
The win improves the state-ranked Shamrocks (No. 2 in Class C in the latest rankings released on Monday) to 11-0 in league action and 12-0 overall, while the loss dropped the Golden Bears to 10-1 in the league (10-3 overall).
Salmon River took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased its margin to 5-0 at the half. The Shamrocks put home five more goals during the third stanza to hold a 10-0 advantage entering the final period of play. SRC scored two final goals, while the Bears Garrett Glasgrow spoiled the shutout bid of Shamrocks goalie Tazz Oakes with his fourth-quarter goal.
Tazz played an outstanding game, making 10 saves, said Salmon River coach Jim Barnes.
Frank David paced the offensive output for SRC with three goals, while Kyle Lewis (3 assists), Kason Tarbell (2 assists), Karonhiate Lazore (1 assist) and Trenton Tarbell scored two goals each. Blaze White accounted for the final goal during the win.
Nate Gibson turned aside 14 Salmon River shots during the Canton setback.
Salmon River closes out its regular season with three games in the next five days. The Shamrocks travel to Saranac Lake for a 4:30 p.m. start on Friday, host Canton at 1 p.m. Saturday, then conclude the season with a 1 p.m. contest against Colton-Pierrepont on Sunday.
Boys lacrosse playoffs are slated to begin on Wednesday, May 21, with the No. 4 seed at No. 1 and No. 3 visiting No. 2. Seedings will be announced after the coaches meeting this weekend.
In the other two NAC boys lacrosse matchups on Tuesday, Massena Central turned back St. Lawrence Central 11-5 and Potsdam held off Saranac Lake 9-7.
Massena 11, SLC 5: At Mike Nicholas Field, the visiting Larries got off to a promising start building a 2-1 lead by the end of the first quarter before the Raiders rattled off four unanswered goals in the second then four more in the third to take control.
Ross Driscoll anchored a balanced Massena attack with three goals and an assist. Rhoades Tarbell and Sako Rourke connected for two goals apiece while Jordan Robert (2 assists), Kendrick Angus (1 assist), Ryan Thomas and Dalton Mullin each netted singletons. Hunter Pyke and Nick Henrie both finished with a pair of assists.
Marshall Burninghausen and Nick Randall paced the SLC offense with two goals each. Brody Simonds tallied a goal and assist while Jake Sutton recorded a pair of helpers.
Tyler Armstrong handled 12 shots working the crease for the win while Kody Kocsis stood tall making 25 saves backstopping the SLC effort.
The Raiders (9-5, 9-3) are slated to take on Canton at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the SUNY Canton turf field, while the Larries (5-6) play host to OFA.
The lone NAC girls lacrosse action on Tuesday saw Massena Central pull away to a 17-4 win over Salmon River under the lights at Mike Nicholas Field.
Jacelyn Lazore led the Lady Raider attack with six goals and an assist. Trysten Burns (assist), Courtney Manley (assist) and Maya Swamp broke through for two goals each. Devin Kelly tallied a goal and two assists. Also netting solo goals were Shanley Burke, Delayne Harvey and Mia Jermano while Kyrsten Stone logged a solo assist.
Kiana Thompson, Tsiotenhariio Herne, Kyra Thompson-Douglas and Jaiden Mitchell struck for the Salmon River goals while Kiera Pyke earned a solo assist.
Felicity Love turned aside eight shots backstopping the win while Marcella Thomas made nine saves for the Lady Shamrocks.
NOTE: Malone Telegram Sports Editor John Gokey contributed to the preceding article.