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Massena downs OFA girls in lacrosse

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The Massena Central and Potsdam Central girls lacrosse teams netted contrasting Northern Conference wins on their home turfs on Tuesday to set up a Thursday afternoon matchup of early-season unbeatens.

The Lady Raiders, who have unbeaten in NAC and Section 10 play in the past two seasons, pulled away from OFA 18-8 and Potsdam nipped Canton 13-12.

Massena 18, OFA 8:The Lady Raiders steadily pulled away to their second win in as many games this spring as Erin Francis dissected the OFA defense for nine goals and four assists. Alisha Jacobs tallied four goals and three helpers. Ashlyn Olson scored twice. Dominique Valancius and Devin Kelly both finished with a goal and assist while Makaul Vandermast and Shannon Casey accounted for the other goals.

Mackenzie Bressett and Kaitlin Sheppard anchored the OFA scoring with two goals and an assist each. Nikki Holmes and Nicole Hammond added two goals each while Julia Mullin logged a solo assist.

Annalee Beckstead had another solid outing between the pipes for the Lady Raiders, making seven saves in her second career start, while Erica Chase turned aside 10 shots for OFA (1-1 NAC) which visits Indian River for nonleague action on Thursday and hosts Canton at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Potsdam 13, Canton 12: The Sandstoners extended a 6-4 halftime lead to 8-4 early in the second half before answering a Canton comeback in the final minute to earn the win.

Nettie Rishe produced a career-high 10 points on eight goals and two assists in the winning effort. Michaela Cole added three goals and one helper while Kalie Grant (1 assist) and Jenny Tardelli closed out the scoresheet. Tess Knight and Alison Noble led the Lady Golden Bears with three goals apiece. Molly McMasters chipped in a pair while Rachel Huntley, Lacey Kenny, Katie Lapinski and Kali Frank all struck for singletons and Morgan Eggleston notched a solo assist. Katelyn Bloom made seven saves for Potsdam, which improved to 2-1 overall, while Meg Howard did likewise for Canton (0-2).

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