SARANAC LAKE – The Salmon River boys varsity lacrosse team – currently ranked No. 2 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll – maintained their unbeaten record on Friday with a 21-4 victory over the Saranac Lake Red Storm. The win improves the SRC record to 12-0 in NAC play and 13-0 overall.
Trenton Tarbell scored four times, while Frank David and Dalton Roundpoint added three goals each to the victory.
The Shamrocks made short work of the Red Storm by taking a six-goal lead after one quarter of action. Salmon River increased its advantage to 11-0 at the half before going on to clinch at least a share of the regular season title.
SRC added four more markers in the third quarter, while Saranac Lake spoiled the Shamrocks shut out bid with three goals in the third stanza. The unbeaten NAC leaders salted the victory away in the fourth with six more goals as the Red Storm (3-9) added their fourth and final goal late in the period.
Skkylar Thomas scored two goals and set up five teammates, while Bryton Burns (1 assist), Karonhiate Lazore and Cash Mitchell netted two markers each. Iothore Lazore, Chad George and Myles Delormier accounted for the final scoring for Salmon River with one goal apiece.
SRC coach Jim Barnes once again deployed a tandem of keepers, with Tazz Oakes and Darius Lafrance combining for four saves, two each, to backstop the win.
For Saranac Lake, Oliver Holmes had three of the four goals, while Jeff Stevens recorded the other. Jacob Merrill made 12 saves in the losing effort.
Salmon River will play twice this weekend, hosting Canton at 1 p.m. today in an NAC tilt that will be contested at Generations Park in Hogansburg. The park is behind the police station.
SRC will return to the confines of the high school field for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday against Colton-Pierrepont.
The Shamrocks are projected to be the top-seeded team for the upcoming Section 10 Class C playoffs. The postseason slate is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, at the home of the higher seeds. Currently, SRC would host the C-P Colts in the playoff opener at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
In the other two NAC boys lacrosse matchups on Friday, Massena Central reversed Canton Central 16-7 and OFA oultasted St. Lawrence Central 9-8 in double overtime.
Massena 16, Canton 7: At the SUNY Canton turf field, the Raiders built a 5-3 lead by the end of the first quarter before reeling off 12 straight goals over the next two before taking a commanding 13-4 lead into the final frame where the teams traded three-goals bursts.
Kendrick Angus led the way offensively with six goals and an assist. Evan Kassian and Ryan Thomas both tallied three goals and a helper. Sako Rouke struck for a pair of goals. Nick Henrie (2 assists) and Rhoades Tarbell (1 assist) netted the other Raider goals while Brendan Broderick fashioned three assists.
Peyton VanBibber scored three times for the Bears, who have now suffered two straight losses to NAC rivals after winning their first nine. Cody Moore added two goals an assist. Josh Huiatt (1 assist), Tanner Sanderson and Garrett Glasgow broke through for the other Canton goals.
Tyler Armstong stood tall turning aside 15 of the shots he faced backstopping the win while Nate Gibson (4 saves) and Andrew McCormick (2 saves) sharing crease duties in the loss.
This was a nice way for us to end things up before playoffs, noted coach Kris Covell after his squad avenged a one-goal loss to the Bears with their convincing win on Friday. Im just proud of the way the kids played today.
The Raiders will likely be the top seed for the Class B playoffs which get underway on Wednesday with a pair of semi-final games. The Class B championship game is slated for Wednesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. at the SUNY Canton turf.
OFA 9, SLC 8 (2ot): In Brasher Falls, the Larries steadily overcame a 4-1 first quarter deficit and pulled even at 6-6 after outscoring the Blue Devils 3-1 in the third quarter. The teams went on to trade a pair of goals in the first quarter to force overtime where Austin Morley-Sloan connected for his fourth of the game off an assist from David Prudhomme 2:13 into the second four-minute extra frame to lift OFA to a regular season sweep over the Larries.
Andrew Roddy fashioned three goals and two assists in the winning effort while Taylor Richardson and Andrew Putman struck for the other goals.
Lukas Arquiett (3 assists), Brody Simonds (2 assists), Marshall Burninghausen (1 assist) and Styles Arquiett all connected for a pair of goals in the losing cause while Jacob Sutton notched a pair of assists.
Quinton Denner made six saves working the crease for the win while Kody Kocsis handled nine shots for the Larries.
The Larries expect to compete in the Class C playoffs starting on Wednesday. The Class C final is slated for Wednesday, May 28, at the SUNY Canton field starting at 7 p.m.