Larries spoil Red Storm lax home opener

SARANAC LAKE – Visiting St. Lawrence Central made Saranac Lake pay for slow starts in both halves as the Larries claimed a 13-8 victory over the Red Storm in boys lacrosse action Monday.

In their home opener, the Red Storm fell into an early 3-0 hole, and were then outscored 5-1 in the third period to drop to 0-2 in Section X play.

Despite the loss, Saranac Lake head coach Dermott Morgan said he was pleased with the effort from his young team.

“I was pretty happy. I think this was just our fourth time being outside,” Morgan said. “At the start of this game, it looked like we were the visiting team just getting off the bus. Before we knew it, we were down by three goals just three minutes into the game.”

Saranac Lake did cut the St. Lawrence edge to 3-2, and was still in the game trailing 7-4 at intermission. But the Larries took control with a five-goal third period that put them on top 12-5 heading into the fourth.

“We outscored them 3-1 in the last quarter, but by then it was too big of a deficit,” Morgan said.

Jeff Stevens led Saranac Lake with four goals, Oliver Holmes had two goals and a pair of assists and Seth Pickreign scored twice. Also for Saranac Lake, Kevin Duguay notched a pair of assists and Quinn Urquhart chipped in one assist.

Blake Baldwin and Marshall Burninghausen paced the Larries with three goals each, and Ian Lynch and Cody Burns added two goals and two assists apiece for the winners. Lukas Arquiett, Jake Sutton and Skyler Burns tallied single goals in the victory.

Kody Kocsis recorded 12 saves in goal for St. Lawrence. Senior Mike Burpoe started in nets for Saranac Lake and made 12 saves before giving way to junior Jacob Merrill in the third quarter. Merrill finished with six stops in goal.

Coming off a 15-3 win over Massena, the Larries improved to 2-1 with the victory. Saranac Lake dropped to 0-2.

The Red Storm have another tough task in store today when they host Salmon River at Schroeter’s Field, with the opening faceoff slated for 4:30 p.m.