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Salmon River, Potsdam boys lacrosse teams win NAC season openers

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The Salmon River and Potsdam Central varsity boys lacrosse teams both opened the 2013 NAC season by pulling away to convincing wins on their home fields Tuesday afternoon.

Salmon River 13, St. Lawrence 5: In Fort Covington, the game was closer than the final score would indicate, as the Larries did something that no other NAC team has done over the past two seasons – score the first goal of the game against Salmon River.

In case one had forgotten or simply haven’t followed the SRC laxmen over the past two NAC seasons, the Shamrocks have not trailed or lost a league contest during that span.

“We needed to get out on the field and play some lacrosse,” stated SRC Head Coach Jim Barnes. “This was the first varsity lacrosse game for a lot of the guys on this team and it took them a little bit to get going and apply the concepts of practice into live action.

“We started slow but took off as the game went on,” continued Barnes. “Once we got going, we settled down and played our system.”

The Larries took their only lead of the game just under two minutes in. After that, it was all SRC as the Shamrocks held a 3-1 lead after the first quarter of play.

Salmon River increased its lead to 6-1 by halftime, but didn’t really go on the offensive until Shamrock starting goalie Kobi Johnson came up with a pair of point-blank saves early in the second stanza. The stops by the SRC keeper seemingly sparked his teammates and the Shamrocks rattled off three unanswered goals over the final 2:47 of the opening half to hold the five-goal cushion at the break.

Dalton Day generated three goals and two assists while Russ Oakes tallied two goals and three helpers in anchoring a balanced Salmon River offense. Skylar Thomas broke through for another three goals followed by Trenton Tarbell with two. Kyle Lewis (1 assist), Sky Sunday and Karonhiate Lazore delivered the other goals while Kason Tarbell drew three assists in the season-opening win.

Ian Lynch netted three goals and Cody Burns struck for the other two in the losing effort.

Kobi Johnson (9 saves) and Taz Oakes (2 saves) combined to backstop the win. Kody Kocsis turned aside four shots for the Larries.

Potsdam 14, Saranac Lake 5: At the Potsdam turf field, the Sandstoners worked their way to a 5-3 halftime lead then broke the game open with a 5-1 third-quarter run en route to lifting Kevin Talcott to the victory in his debut as varsity head coach.

A former player and longtime JV coach, Talcott had served as a varsity assistant the past five season but took over the top job when Todd Kaiser opted to step down before the start of the season.

“With the way the weather has been we’re a little bit behind the eight-ball right now. This is a good group of kids to work with and I was happy with how they looked for their first game,” noted Talcott.

Freshman Chad Varney anchored a balanced Potsdam attack with two goals and three assists. Steve Lewis generated three goals and one assist while Kyle Grant tallied two goals and two helpers. Hayden Hart chipped in a goal and two assists. Chris Stone found the back of the net with the ball twice. Keenan O’Gorman, Dylan Gruneisen, David Caamano and Josh Laing each struck for solo goals while Sam Woods and Garrett Kilgore both notched solo assists.

Seth Pickering led the Red Storm effort with four goals. Andrew Paschke connected for the other goal while Jeff Stevens and Kevin Duguay each finished with an assist.

Jason Cardinal started between the pipes for the Sandstoners and finished with four saves through three quarters before giving way to Chase Palmer, who post two more stops in the fourth. Mike Burpoe turned aside 11 shots working the crease the first three quarters for Saranac Lake. Jacob Merrill had another three saves through the fourth.

The Sandstoners return to action on Thursday at home against Colton-Pierrepont starting at 4:30 p.m. before closing out a busy opening week Friday night at home against Salmon River starting at 6:30 p.m.

In the other two NAC boys lacrosse openers on Tuesday, Canton outlasted Massena 6-5 and OFA outscored Colton-Pierrepont 9-4.

Canton 6, Massena 5: At Mike Nicholas Field, the visiting Bears built a 3-0 halftime lead before turned back a second-half rally by the Raiders.

“We should be pretty well set on defense and at goalie but offensively, we’re looking for players to step up and fill some big vacancies,” said coach Kris Covell. “We got off a slow start today but battled back and tied the game in the second half.”

“We have some work to do but we definitely have the potential to do well this season,” he added.

Jack Elberty led a group effort on offense for the Bears with a goal and two assists. Ryan Caldwell, Garrett Glasgow, Josh Pierson, Peyton Vanbibber and Jake Facey delivered the other goals while Hunter Yerdon and Tanner Sanderson each finished with solo assists.

Sako Rouke paced the Raiders with two goals and an assist. Ross Driscoll also struck for a pair of goals while Sam Gerber netted a singleton. Grayson Phillips logged two assists and Evan Kassian produced a solo helper.

Nate Gibson went the distance in goal for the Bears and recorded 11 stops while Kyle Cook had 16 saves backstopping the Massena cause.

The Raiders return to action on Thurday against SLC in a game that is scheduled to be played on the natural field in Brasher Falls but may be moved to artificial turf at Nicholas Field.

OFA 9, C-P 4: At the Potsdam turf field, the Blue Devils struck for three goals in the first and fourth quarters, in putting away the Colts.

The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead and scored three straight goals in the fourth quarter after denying a two-man power play by the Colts.

Andrew Roddy delivered four goals and two assists and Jake Garrison scored twice and passed out three assists to lead the OFA offense. Austin Morley-Sloan and Jordan McCormick each finished with one goal and assist and Andrew Putman and Taylor Richardson each passed out one assist for rthe Devils who will play Canton on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Canton.

Scott Boyce scored twice for C-P (0-2) and Noah Whalen scored one goal and set up another tally. Cody Green scored a single goal and Andrew Holden added an assist to back a 10-save goaltending effort by Craig Miller.





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