FORT COVINGTON – There was no fanfare, no raucous celebration, no jumping for joy. It was business as usual for the Salmon River boys varsity lacrosse team at the conclusion of Sundays senior game against Colton-Pierrepont.
For the second day in a row, the Shamrocks bolted out to an 8-0 lead and led 10-2 at the end of the first quarter en route to a 19-5 Northern Athletic Conference regular-season finale against Colton-Pierrepont. The win leaves the SRC squad entering the upcoming Section 10 Class C playoffs on Wednesday as the top seed with an unbeaten record of 14-0 in league play and 15-0 overall. The loss leaves the C-P Colts without a victory during the 2014 campaign (0-14, 0-15 overall).
This is just step one of our preseason goals, said SRC coach Jim Barnes. We need to stay focused and work toward punching our ticket to state play.
We have a playoff game (vs. Saranac Lake) on Wednesday, so we need to turn our focus to that game, so we can advance to the C final, then hopefully to the states, continued the SRC mentor.
And it was only fitting that a Salmon River senior open the scoring on Sunday, as veteran playmaker Kason Tarbell put in the games initial tally. Tarbell took the opening faceoff and quickly gave the hosts the early lead with an unassisted goal. He finished his final regular-season home game with four goals and three assists.
The Shamrocks toned down their offensive push in the second quarter, scoring just three times to improve their advantage to 13-2 at the half.
Barnes switched up his lineup to begin the second half, but the Shamrocks still managed to outscore the Colts 4-3 in the stanza and take a 12-goal lead, 17-5, into the final period of the regular season.
The Shamrocks put home the games final two goals for the 19-5 final.
Kason Tarbell and Skkylar Thomas paced the SRC squad with four goals apiece. Thomas added four assists to the win, while Tarbell set up three other markers.
Kyle Lewis contributed three goals to Sundays win as Lakota Square, Skye Sunday and Blaze White scored two goals each.
Solo efforts came off the sticks of Karonhiate Lazore and Frank David.
Tazz Oakes and Darius Lafrance combined for six saves, with Lafrance turning aside four Colton-Pierrepont shots during his stint in the second half.
Scott Boyce paced the Colts with four goals. Noah Whalen tallied a goal and assists. Ethan Knight and John Porter each posted solo assists while Major McKinley made eight saves during the setback.
SECTION 10 PLAYOFFS
The Section 10 playoffs will be split into two divisions this spring. The other Class C semi-final on Wednesday will see St. Lawrence Central take on Canton Central at the SUNY Canton turf field starting at 5 p.m. The Class C final is slated for Wednesday, May 28, at SUNY Canton starting at 7 p.m.
The Class B playoffs also open on Wednesday with a pair of semi-final games as Massena plays host to Colton-Pierrepont and OFA takes on Potsdam. Both are slated to face-off at 5 p.m. The Class B title game is May 28 at SUNY Canton at 5 p.m.
The Section 10 girls lacrosse playoffs got underway on Monday with a pair of Class C first round matchups that saw OFA turn back Salmon River 14-12 in overtime and Heuvelton outscore Saranac Lake 14-4.
OFA will now head to Potsdam this afternoon to take on the top-seeded Lady Sandstoners while Heuvelton is slated to play at defending Class C champion Canton. Both semi—final round matchups are scheduled to face-off at 5 p.m.
OFA 14, Salmon River 12 (OT): In Ogdensburg, the Kyra Thompson Douglas (1 assist), Jillian Benedict (1 assist) and Kianna Thompson broke through for three goals each as the Lady Shamrocks were denied in overtime. Jaiden Mitchell, Shawnee Oakes and Morgan Thompson netted solo goals while Tsiotenhariio Herne earned a solo assist.
Sky Hoover led the winning attack with eight goals. Mackenzie Bresett tallied two goals and four assists while Anna Couperous netted a pair of goals.
Marissa Foster made 10 saves backstopping the win while Marcella Thomas turned aside eight shots working the crease for the Lady Shamrocks, who closed out the season at 2-11.
Heuvelton 14, Saranac Lake 4: Rolling to a 11-1 halftime lead, the Lady Bulldogs secured another day to play lacrosse with a win over Saranac Lake.
Jackie Sovie supplied seven goals for the Bulldogs who face Canton today at 5 p.m. in the semi-finals at SUNY Canton.
Olivia St. Pierre and Kylie Piercey each scored twice while Maddie St. Pierre. Corine Sherwood, and Brooke Armstrong each scored once. Heather Thompson turned away five shots.
NOTE: Malone Telegram Sports Editor John Gokey contributed to the preceding article.