CANTON - Salmon Rivers six-year run of not losing a boys lacrosse game to a Section 10 opponent was definitely in jeopardy in Thursday nights Section 10 Class C championship at SUNY Canton.
A scrappy St. Lawrence Central contingent led the Shamrocks 7-6 with 8:57 left in the third quarter and the margin could have been far greater had it not been for several big saves by Salmon keeper Kobi Johnson.
But junior attack Kyle Lewis and the high-powered Salmon offense took over, scoring six unanswered goals over the next 11 minutes of play in pulling away to a 15-8 victory. Lewis finished with four his game-high six goals in the second half and added three assists on the night.
Johnson kicked out several SLC shots in the first half as Blake Baldwin, who won 16 of 24 faceoffs on the night, gave the Larries numerous offensive possessions.
Kason Tarbell contributed four goals and one assist for Salmon, but he and teammate Sky Sunday were ejected after a fight erupted with 28 seconds left in regulation. Under Section 10 rules, both are ineligible to play in Salmons state opener this Wednesday. Cody Burns, who led the Larries with three goals, was also ejected.
For SLC, Lucas Arquiett tallied two goals and one assist, Ian Lynch scored twice while Kody Koscis made eight saves in goal.
After the game SLCs Baldwin, who handed out three assists, was named the Section 10 MVP while Salmon defender Dalton Roundpoint was named Section 10s All American, an award presented by USA Lacrosse. Other individual awards presented by USA Lacrosse went to: Massenas Zach Robert (All Academic), SLCs Chris Rose (Coach of the Year), Massenas Bob Davis (Assistant Coach of the Year) and Saranac Lakes Chris Grant (Man of the Year). The Bob Scott Award went to Cantons E.J. Curtis.
A one-goal halftime deficit to Canton Central spoke volumes to the Massena.
Canton came out on fire. They really looked like they wanted it more, said coach Jeffrey Slack after the Lady Raiders reeled off nine unanswered second-half goals to claim a hard-fought 15-7 over the Lady Golden Bears at the SUNY Canton turf field. The Lady Raiders (15-3) captured their third straight Class C title heading into the New York State playoffs where they meet the Section 4 champion Wednesday at Vestal.
The senior duo of Alisha Jacobs and Erin Francis, who was announced as the NAC MVP for 2013, tallied six and five goals and passed out three assists apiece.
Katie Lapinski and Kali Frank anchored the Canton offense with two goals and an assist each. Rachael Huntley (1 assist), Molly McMasters and Makaylee Boak all netted singletons as theLady Bears finished at 10-5 in the final season for 13-year coach Sparky Newman.
Im very happy with the way we played today. We were leading at the half but Massena is a great team and we knew they would tough to beat, he noted. Our girls left it all on the field and thats all you want to see as a coach.
Massenas Felcity Love recorded 10 of her 12 saves in the first half and Meg Howard turned aside 15 shots for Canton in a stellar netminding duel.