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Raiders Deny OFA, Heuvelton wins

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OFA definitely had its moments in Tuesday night’s home girls lacrosse game against the Northern Conference leader in 7-1 Massena.

The Lady Devils (3-6 NAC) scored the first two goals of the game and staged a spirited rally after falling behind 12-5 to close the difference to 12-8 but were unable to make further inroads.

While OFA was denied at home, Heuvelton posted its second win of the season in a 14-9 decision at Salmon River.

Sparked by four goals from Syracuse-bound Erin Francis and Shannon Casey and three scores from Dominque Valancius, the Raiders prevailed by breaking away from a 6-5 halftime lead with the first five goals of the second half.

“We just had that spell when we couldn’t score but then we got it back together. And we had some nice chances to make it even closer,” said OFA Coach Lauren Morley.

“We definitely played well and MacKenzie Bresett had a lot of strong runs. We won 11 draws to their 10 and we managed to slow them down. Massena has outstanding speed and our defense, led by Courtney Sherwin, did a nice job against their transition.”

MacKenzie Bresett excelled in transition as the Devils’ primary finisher scoring four goals with one assist. Hunter Shaver, Kaitlin Sheppard (1 assist), Anna Couperus and Nikki Holmes also scored with Sky Hoover and Carly Garrison passing out assists.

“Nikki Holmes did a good job marking Erin Francis and Julia Mullin had her best game of the season. She won some draws for us, made some interceptions and forced some turnovers,” said Morley.

Erica Chase stopped 11 shots for the Devils who visit Northwood Prep on Friday and Felicity Love fielded nine shots for the Raiders.

SOVIE SCORES 7 FOR HCS

FORT COVINGTON - Jackie Sovie powered the Bulldogs with seven goals and Olivia St. Pierre, Kaitlyn Lashomb, and Ashlyn Piercey each posted two goals in Heuvelton’s 14-9 win at Salmon River. Kylie Piercey added a goal and Heather Thompson made seven saves including three after the Bulldogs took 7-4 halftime lead.

“Jackie (Sovie) continued her scoring explosion and it was nice to see Kaitlyn (Lashomb) score her first two goals of the season,” said HCS Coach Becky Kelley.

Tewasheraka Barnes scored three goals for Salmon River. Kyra Thompson added two goals while Jaiden Mitchell, Vanna Thompson, Sequoya Chubb, Kaiewinchlba Ransom all scored once to back Courtney Tarbell’s 12 saves.

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