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Strong finish carries Massena boys lacrosse team past Potsdam; Salmon River, SLC prevail


MASSENA - After getting off to a strong start against Potsdam Central, the Massena Central varsity boys lacrosse team came up with an even stronger finish in posting a 13-9 NAC win on Thursday at Mike Nicholas Field.

The Raiders reeled off the first three goals of the game en route to taking a 4-1 lead into the second quarter where the Sandstoner used a 5-1 run to go into halftime leading 6-5.

The teams traded third-quarter goals and went into the fourth knotted at 9-9 before Massena controlled play at both ends of the field in notching four unanswered goals.

“We’re starting to get things clicking together and the kids came up big in the fourth quarter today,” noted coach Kris Covell after his squad evened its early-season record to 2-2.

Grayson Phillips anchored the Massena attack with five goals and two assists. Rhoades Tarbell generated three goals and one helper while Tyler Simms struck for a pair of goals. Sako Rourke, Ross Driscoll and Noah Ransom all finished with solo goals. Jordy Mitchell drew three assists and Brendan Broderick helped set up two goals while Zach Robert and Nick Henrie each finished with solo helpers.

Stephen Lewis paced the Sandstoners with a four-goal performacne. Chad Varney (1 assist) and Garrett Kilgore fashioned two goals apiece. Hayden Hart tallied a goal and two assists while Chris Stone and Matt Liscum both finished with an assist as the Sandstoners slipped to 2-2 after suffering their second straight loss.

Kyle Cook stopped 11 shots working the crease for the win while Jason Cardinal posted nine saves for Potsdam.

The Raiders will now get set to take on Salmon River at home on Saturday at 5 p.m. while the Sandstoners head to Ogdensburg to take on OFA starting at 11 a.m.

In the other NAC boys lacrosse matchups on Thursday, Salmon River beat Canton 18-3, St. Lawrence Central turned back OFA 7-3 and Saranac Lake outlasted Colton-Pierrepont 9-6.

Salmon River 18, Canton 3: In Fort Covington, the teams played through a scoreless first period before the Shamrocks built a 5-1 lead by halftime then broke the game open with an 8-1 surged in the third quarter.

Skylar Thomas netted four goals and helped set up three others to spark the Salmon River attack. Kason Tarbell (3 assists) and Kyle Lewi (2 assists) connected for three goals apiece. Dalston Day tallied two goals and two assists. Trenton Tarbell, Sky Sunday and Russ Oakes all finished with two goals and one assist as the Shamrocks improved to 4-0 alone atop the NAC standings.

Peyton Vanbibber, Garrett Glasgow and Isaac Thrasher scored the Canton goals.

Kobi Johnson recorded 17 saves in a solid outing between the pipes for the Shamrocks. Nate Gibson stopped nine shots for the Bears (2-1).

Salmon River is slated to play at Massena on Saturday at 5 p.m.

SLC 7, OFA 3: In Brasher Falls, the visiting Blue Devils were ahead 2-1 at the end of the first quarter and the teams were tied at 2-2 before the Larries rattled off four straight goals over the final 2:42 of the of the first half to take a 6-2 lead into halftime. The teams went on to trade solo goals in the third quarter and none in the fourth.

Marshall Burninghausen broke through for three goals while Blake Baldwin tallied a goal and three assists to anchor the winning offense. Ian Lynch chipped in two goals and one assist. Styles Arquiett accounted for the other goal while Lukas Arquiett doled out two assists and Brody Simonds recorded one.

Andrew Roddy led OFA (1-2) with two goals and one assist. Jake Garrison had the other goal for the Blue Devils while Nick Perrigo posted a solo assist.

Kody Kocsis made nine saves backstopping the win while Spencer Lawrence stood tall turning aside 17 of the shots he faced working the OFA crease.

“We stole one today,” noted coach Chris Rose. “Ogdensburg outplayed us and their goalie was the story of the game. He played very well.”

“Fortunately, we were able to put together the one run late in the first half that we needed and our defense took care of things from there,” he added.

The Larries (3-1) play at Colton-Pierrepont on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Saranac Lake 9, C-P 6: In Colton, the Red Storm built a 6-3 lead by halftime and made it stand for their first win of the season.

Seth Pickering led the way for Saranac Lake with six goals and three assists. Oliver Holmes netted two goals and Quinn Urquhart accounted for the other.

Gyle Dominy paced the Colts with four goals. Andrew Holden and Jake Angleberger each struck for singletons while Cody Green logged a trio of assists.

The duo of Jacob Merrill (4 saves) and Mike Burpoe (9 saves) combined to backstop the winning effort. Craig Miller finished with 15 stops for the Colts (0-4, 0-3) who host SLC on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Colton.

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