The top seeds went 3-4 in the semi-finals of the Section 10 boys lacrosse playoffs on Wednesday.
In the Class B tournament, top-seeded Massena Central cruised to a 17-2 decision over Colton-Pierrepont while Potsdam overcame a 7-2 halftime deficit to knock off OFA 10-9 in the lone upset of the day. The Class C semi-finals saw undefeated defending champion Salmon River beat Saranac Lake 18-3 and Canton turn back St. Lawrence Central 12-8 to set up a matchup of the first and second seeds.
Both championship games are slated for next Wednesday at the SUNY Canton turf field with the Class B game facing off at 5 p.m. and the Class C final starting at 7 p.m. All-NAC awards presentations are scheduled to follow each of the finals.
Massena 17, C-P 2: At Mike Nicholas Field, the Raiders built a 9-0 halftime lead before going on to beat the Colts as 14 different players tallied at least one point.
Weve had a good season and now we just want to take things one step at a time, noted coach Kris Covell after his squad improved to 12-5 overall.
Nick Henrie (1 assist) and Sako Rourke anchored the balanced Massena attack with three goals each. Ross Driscoll (3 assists), Ryan Thomas (2 assists) and Hunter Pyke (1 assist) connected for two goal apiece. Kendrick Angus (1 assist), Rhoades Tarbell, Cole Allen, Brendan Broderick and Zach Koszan struck for the other goals. Josh Blair logged a pair of assists while Evan Kassian, Jeff Bain and JP Chauvin each tallied solo helpers.
Noah Whalen and Mark Dumas broke through for the C-P goals while John Porter earned an assist.
Troi Benedict was credited with two saves backstopping the win. Major McKinley turned aside 11 shots working the crease for the Colts (0-15).
Potsdam 10, OFA 9: In Ogdensburg, the host Blue Devils got off to a promising start in their first-ever sectional playoff home game as they worked their way to an 8-3 halftime lead. The Sandstoners started to turn the momentum in the third quarter where they outscored OFA 2-1 before putting together a decisive 5-1 fourth-quarter run.
Sam Woods sparked the Potsdam attack with four goals and an assist. Josh Sanchez chipped in three goals and two helpers. Max Warden finished with two goals and an assist while Corson Green (1 assist) accounted for the other goal and Billy Bergan recorded a pair of assists.
Taylor Richardson (1 assist) and Andrew Roddy scored four goals each in the losing cause. Austin Morley-Sloan (1 assist) and David Prudhomme netted the others while Austin Putman tallied a solo assist.
Chase Palmer logged four saves working the crease for the win as the Sandstoners improved to 5-10 overall after avenging a pair of regular season losses to the Blue Devils (7-8), who got a five-save effort from Quinton Denner.
OFA appeared headed to its first sectional final when Andrew Roddy scored his fourth goal of the game on a clever over-the-shoulder shot in the closing seconds of the third quarter to give the Devils a 9-5 lead.
Back to back goals by Worden sparked the Sandstoners, who fueled their rally by scoring off turnovers. The comeback climaxed with Worden setting up Woods for the equalizer and Sanchez scoring the game-winner from point blank range off a pass from Woods with 1:46 to play.
Salmon River 18, Saranac Lake 3: At Fort Covington, the Shamrocks ran out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter before taking full control in the second where they outscored the Red Storm 7-1.
Karonhiate Lazore led a potent Salmon River offense with four goals. Skklyar Thomas generated three goals and two assists. Kyle Lewis (2 assists), Frank David and Bryton Burns contributed two goal apiece. Kason Tarbell (3 assists), Skye Sunday (2 assists), Trenton Tarbell, Russ Oakes and Alan Jacobs all broke through for solo goals.
Jeff Stevens tallied two goals and helped set up the other by Oliver Holmes to highlight the Red Storm effort.
Tazz Oakes had eight saves in the win as the Shamrocks improved to 16-0 overall heading into Wednesdays title game. Jacob Merrill stopped eight shots for Saranac Lake (3-12).
Canton 12, SLC 8: At the SUNY Canton turf field, the third-seeded Larries were able to match goals with the second-seeded Golden Bears (13-2) through the first half but were unable to keep pace in the second after the teams had battled to a 6-6 halftime draw.
Garrett Glasgow and Peyton VanBibber fashioned two goals and two assists each in the winning effort. Isaac Thrasher added two goals and one assist. Cody Moore and Gage Emerson each finished with a goal and assist. Louden Porter, Josh Huiatt, Jake Facey and Marc Mahoney delivered the other goals while Tanner Sanderson logged a solo assist.
Marshall Burninghausen paced the Larries with three goals. Brody Simonds produced a goal and two assists. Lukas Arquiett had three helpers. Jake Sutton netted two goals. Styles Arquiett and Luke Collins struck for singletons.
Nate Gibson made five saves backstopping the win while Kody Kocsis turned aside 12 shots for the Larries, who close out the season at 8-7.