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Salmon River routs Canton for Section 10 title

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MASSENA — The undefeated Salmon River boys varsity lacrosse team remained perfect Wednesday, toppling the Canton Golden Bears 23-7 in the Section 10 Class C championship game at Mike Nichols Field.

Salmon River, now 16-0, faces Class B champion Massena on Thursday before beginning state play.

The Shamrocks broke a 3-3 tie with 10 second-quarter goals to hold a 13-4 lead at halftime. Salmon River scored another 10 goals during the second half to secure the victory and end Canton’s season at 13-5.

“I was a bit nervous during the beginning of the game,” said a relieved Salmon River coach Jim Barnes. “Canton came to play and they performed well during the first quarter.”

Salmon River opened the scoring with the game’s first two goals only to watch the Golden Bears rally to take a 3-2 lead on goals from Eb Foote, Jesse Gilbert and Foote again. The third Bears’ goal came with just over six minutes remaining in the quarter.

Salmon River responded immediately as Kason Tarbell won the ensuing faceoff, raced up the field and beat Canton goalie Jeff Hammond to tie the game at 3-all.

Shamrocks All-American Dalston Day opened up the game’s scoring with Ky Tarbell setting up the goal. Tarbell put Salmon River up 2-0 with an unassisted goal prior to the Bears taking the lead.

Day opened up the second quarter barrage with Kyle Lewis, Kamm David, Trenton Tarbell, Kason Tarbell, Sky Sunday and Day all beating the Canton goalie to extend the Salmon River lead. Gilbert scored his second of the game to break the Salmon River goal-scoring string, but then Ky Tarbell, Lewis and Day closed out the first-half scoring.

The Shamrocks put the game out of reach with seven goals in the third quarter with Day scoring twice with solo goals coming off the sticks of Ky Tarbell, Mason Hemlock, Sunday and Oakley Thomas.

Thomas took control to open up the final period, taking a pass from Day and flipping a behind-the-head shot past the Canton keeper for the first goal of the last quarter. Day netted his seventh goal of the game early in the fourth, with an assist from Thomas, as Hemlock closed out the Salmon River scoring.

Payton VanBibber, Cody Moore and Foote put home the game’s final three goals for Canton.

“They are a good team,” said Canton coach Tim Youngs. “I wish them luck in state play.”

With four seniors on the Canton squad, Youngs is looking forward to the next few lacrosse seasons.

“We are relatively young right now and this team has come a long way from the beginning of the season,” said Youngs, who was named the Section 10 Coach of the Year. “I’m excited for the future of this program.”

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