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Massena girls avenge NAC lacrosse loss to Potsdam


POTSDAM - The Massena Central varsity girls lacrosse completed its recovery from its first loss in four years by handing Potsdam Central its first NAC setback of the season on Thursday at the Potsdam turf field.

“For whatever reason, we didn’t come ready to play against Potsdam the first time. We were a completely different team today,” said coach Jeffrey Slack after the Lady Raiders steadily pulled away to a 15-5 decision over the previously unbeaten Lady Sandstoners in a late-season matchup of NAC regular season title contenders that ended with the teams tied atop the standings at 8-1.

“I was very happy with the way we played. From our goaltending and defense to our midfield and attack, it was a total team effort. I thought our defense really stepped it up today,” he added.

The teams traded leads through the first half which ended with the Lady Raiders erasing a 4-3 deficit with two straight goals to go ahead 5-4 heading into halftime.

Massena carried the momentum of the late goals into the second half with six straight goals over the first 10:17 in building an 11-4 lead.

Nettie Rishe ended the Lady Raider scoring run when she broke through for her third of the game with 12:14 remaining only to have Massena counter with the final four goals.

“You have to give them credit. They really stepped up their game today, especially in the second half,” noted Potsdam coach Sarah Bullard. “Our season isn’t over just because of this loss. We have a lot of lacrosse left to play and hopefully we’ll see Massena again in the playoffs. I’d like to see us use this game as motivation.”

The senior duo Erin Francis and Alisha Jacobs combined to do the majority of the offensive damage in Thursday’s win. Francis finished with four goals and four assists while Jacobs broke through for six goals and an assist. Shannon Casey contributed two goals and an assist toward the winning effort while Dominque Valancius, Abby LaClair and Carlie Leary connected for the other goals.

Ally Miller closed out the Potsdam scoring with a pair of goals.

Annalee Beckstead made five saves working the Lady Raider crease for the win while Katelyn Bloom turned aside six of the shots she faced for the Lady Sandstoners.

Massena, now 9-2 overall, will be facing some strong non-league competition this weekend at the South Jefferson Tournament where they will open this afternoon against Central Square at 5 p.m. South Jeff and Manlius-Pebble Hill square off in the other first round game. Both the consolation and championship games are slated for Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

In other NAC girls lacrosse matchups on Thursday, Saranac Lake outscored Heuvelton 13-7 while Salmon River hosted Canton.

Saranac Lake 13, Heuvelton 7: Elena Bendict scored five goals, Kylie Sappon tallied three goals and Kaleigh Woodruff posted two goals lifting Saranac Lake past Heuvelton. Katie Sullivan had 12 saves.

For Heuvelton, Jackie Sovie scored four goals and drew an assist while Olivia St. Pierre had three goals and Heather Thompson made eight stops.

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