The Ogdensburg Free Academy Boys Modified lacrosse team recently finished their season with a perfect 10-0 record.
I really cant stress enough how proud I am of this group of young men and Im extremely hopeful that they can carry their success on to the Varsity level for Coach Matt Morley, said OFA Coach Will Carroll.
The group of freshmen was the largest Ive ever had in one class, and it is clear that they had worked together and developed together through the youth program, and they are truly dedicated to the sport. My only regret about the season was that it was cut short by two games because of scheduling conflicts. This team was a group of fun, hard-working and team-oriented young men that have proven that the inception and development of lacrosse in Ogdensburg has been worthwhile.
Members of the team were Quinton Denner, Jared Berg, Austin Putman, Jacob Awan, Bryan Mills, Nate Molinari and Aidan Putman at Attack; Austin Morley-Sloan, Mark Morrow, Matt Shollette, Taylor Richardson, Nate Peo, Dallas Ashley, Nate Stowe, Max Ahrens, and Bailey Phelps at Midfield; Burke Comeau, Hayden Woods, Nolan Rufa, Allan Smithers, Andrew Putman and Jack Kelly on Defense and Will Pearson in Goal.
The Blue Devils were led offensively by Austin Putman with 22 goals and 15 assists and Jared Berg with 9 goals and 15 assists. Other offensive leaders were Austin Morley-Sloan with 14 goals and 5 assists, Nate Peo with 11 goals and 3 assists, Mark Morrow with 8 goals and 3 assists and Taylor Richardson with 7 goals and 2 assists.
Will Pearson had a spectacular season in goal, posting a shutout in one game in never surrendering more than 4 goals in any other game. Collectively the team scored 93 goals while only surrendering 21.
The group of freshman and eighth grade players on the team have won 22 straight games and the freshmen class compiled an overall record of 32-2 in their 3 years of play at the modified level.
OFA 14, Potsdam 1: In the season opener, Austin Putman broke out for 6 goals and 3 assists while Jared Berg had 2 goals and 3 assists.
Taylor Richardson scored twice playing in his first lacrosse game ever, and Will Pearson played well with 7 saves.
OFA 11, St. Lawrence Central 4: Jared Berg led the Blue Devils with 4 goals and 2 assists while Austin Morley-Sloan scored twice. Nate Stowe, Bailey Phelps, Austin Putman, Taylor Richardson and Mark Morrow each netted solo goals while Hayden Woods led a strong defensive effort while Will Pearson had 6 saves.
OFA 10, Salmon River 4: Nate Peo scored 4 goals sparking the offense against the Shamrocks, while Austin Putman and Austin Morley-Sloan each scored twice. Andrew Putman anchored the defense playing long-stick midfield, helping win multiple face-offs.
OFA 6, Canton 2: Nate Molinari and Mark Morrow led the Blue Devil attack with 2 goals in each in a defensive game against the Golden Bears. Jake Awan and Austin Putman each netted solo goals.
OFA 10, Colton-Pierrepont 0: Austin Putman netted a hat trick while Burke Comeau moved from defense to attack and scored twice as Will Pearson posted a 7 save shutout.
Jake Awan also scored twice while Dallas Ashley, Bailey Phelps and Austin Morley Sloan scored solo goals.
OFA 5, Massena 2: Austin Morley-Sloan scored twice while Nate Peo, Jared Berg and Austin Putman each scored solo goals in another defensive game.
OFA 11, Kanatakon 1: Taylor Richardson, Aidan Putman and Nate Molinari each scored twice in a decisive victory. Allan Smithers relieved Will Pearson in net for the 4th quarter helping preserve the victory.
OFA 10, Potsdam 3: Nate Peo netted a hat trick while Austin Putman, Jake Awan, and Austin Morley-Sloan each scored twice to pace the Blue Devils. Jared Berg and Peo each had 2 assists while Will Pearson made 8 saves.
OFA 9, Salmon River 2: Austin Morley-Sloan and Austin Putman each scored a hat trick while Nate Peo scored twice. Austin Putman also dished out 3 assists while Nolan Rufa anchored the defense.
OFA 7, St. Lawrence Central 2: Austin Putman helped the Blue Devils finish their undefeated season with another hat trick to go with 2 assists. Mark Morrow scored twice while Jake Awan and Austin Morley-Sloan each netted solo goals. Will Pearson capped off his stellar season in goal with a 6-save performance.