MASSENA - The race for the 2013 NAC varsity girls lacrosse regular season title took a big turn toward Massena Central on Monday.
After avenging their only loss by downing previously undefeated Potsdam Central last week, the Lady Raiders gained sole possession of first place after pulling away to a 16-6 win at home over Salmon River while the Lady Sandstoners suffered their second straight loss in dropping a 9-8 decision the road to OFA.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, Massena now stands at 9-1 with a pair of games left and clinch at least a share of the NAC championship with a win at Saranac Lake on Wednesday. Potsdam slipped to 9-2 heading into its finale this evening at home against Salmon River.
Massena 16, Salmon River 6: At Mike Nicholas Field, the Lady Raiders raced out to a decisive 10-2 lead by halftime as Erin Francis continued to add to her record-setting scoring totals for the Lady Raiders with five goals and four assists. Alisha Jacobs tallied three goals and one assist. Ashlyn Olson struck for a pair of goals while Abby LaClair, Megan Hans, Shannon Casey, Dominique Valancius, Raechel Davis, Alanna Pyke and Mia Jermano each netted singletons.
Jaiden Mitchell paced the Lady Shamrocks with three goals. Tewashorake Barnes struck for a pair while Kyra Thompson notched a solo goal.
The duo of Annalee Beckstead (2 saves) and Felicity Love (5 saves) combined to backstop the win while Kiera Pyke blocked two shots working the Salmon River crease.
Massenas game in Saranac Lake on Wednesday is slated to face-off at 4:30 p.m. while Potsdams home game against Salmon River this evening begins at 7 p.m.
OFA 9, Potsdam 8: In Ogdensburg, the host Blue Devils overcame a Lady Sandstoners comeback to claim their biggest win of the season.
Nikki Holmes capped a five-goal performance with a pair of late breakaway goals that lifted the Blue Devils to the win after Potsdam had battled back from 6-4 halftime deficit to go ahead 8-7 with just over two minutes left in regulation. Mackenzie Bresett tallied two goals and two assists while Anna Couperus and Sky Hoover connected for the other goals while Caitlin Sheppard drew a pair of assists and Holmes finished with a solo helper.
Nettie Rishe led the Potsdam attack with four goals. Michaela Cole broke through for a pair of goals while Hannah Drecshel and Jenny Tardelli netted solo tallies and Ally Miller logged a pair of assists.
Erica Chase stood tall working the OFA crease for 10 saves while Katelyn Bloom turned aside five shots for the Lady Sandstoners.
In other girls lacrosse action on Monday, Canton outscored Saranac Lake 18-12 while Heuvelton dropped a 16-4 non-league decision on the road to Indian River.
Canton 18, Saranac Lake 12: At Roger Dusharm Field in Canton, Lacey Kenny scored three goals and drew an assist on seven others to anchor a balanced effort for the Lady Bears. Alison Noble generated five goals and one assist. Rachel Huntley chipped in four goals and two helpers while Tessa Knight broke through for a trio of goals and Katie Lapinski contributed a goal and two assists.
For the Red Storm, Elena Beideck fashioned two goals and two assists while Kayla Woodruff, Kylie Sappone and Munn all scored twice.
Meg Howard handled 13 shots goaltending the win.
Indian River 16, Heuvelton 4: In Philadelphia, the Lady Bulldogs got solo goals from Maddie St. Pierrepont, Olivia St. Pierre, Jackie Sovie and Renee Breault while Heather Thompson stopped six shots backstopping the loss.
Indian River took a 11-0 lead at halftime as Kelsie Nabywanier scored four goals, Katie Brierton posted three goals and two assists, Paige Fayette tallied two goals and two assists and Hannah Miterko scored twice to lead the way.Payge Heingarten made seven saves in the win.