Red Storm lax ends Schroeter’s skid

SARANAC LAKE – The last time Saranac Lake’s boys lacrosse team won on home turf at Schroeter’s Field was back in 2010 when Mike Burpoe and Seth Pickreign were the youngest players on the squad as freshmen.

On Friday, they were competing on that field for the final time as two of five seniors on the team, and they went out winners, although just barely when Quinn Urquhart scored with 57 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Red Storm to a 5-4 victory over Ogdensburg.

Pickreign and Burpoe didn’t have the usual standout performances they’ve been accustomed to this spring, but they still played key roles in the win that gave the Red Storm a sweep in their two meetings with the Blue Devils this season. Pickreign scored the first goal of the game and set up Urquhart with a beautiful pass for the game-winner, and Burpoe made seven saves in nets.

The game was the regular season finale for both teams. Saranac Lake doubled its number of wins from a year ago and finished Section X play with a 4-10 record. Ogdensburg ended with a 2-12 mark.

“I was very excited to play this game today,” Burpoe said. “Playing in your final season, you don’t realize how quickly that senior game comes up on you. I’m never going to play another high school lacrosse game on this field. How sad is that? The great thing is, although we didn’t play as well as we should have, we won.”

Urquhart was also playing his last regular season game with Saranac Lake. He finished with two goals and an assist. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Noel also added a goal and an assist each in the win.

Saranac Lake jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and held a 4-3 lead at halftime.

Andrew Roddy, who netted a game-high three goals, then evened the game for Ogdensburg when he scored midway through the third quarter. The contest stayed tied until the final minute when Urquhart buried a shot from the right side of the net after he received a cross-crease pass from Pickreign. Saranac Lake came close to netting an insurance marker seconds later when Gabe Woodward fired a shot off a goal post, and the game then ended fittingly with Burpoe in control of the ball after he hauled in a weak last-second shot.

“We thought we could put up 10 or 11 goals on those guys, but they played us smart,” Saranac Lake head coach Dermott Morgan said. “Every team in this league knows Seth Pickreign is our big scorer, and Ogdensburg locked him off. They got under his skin a little. He was missing shots high and wide. With their defense keying on Seth, we knew Quinn Urquhart would be open on the wide side. That’s right where he scored the game-winner from.”

Nate Perrigo added a goal and an assist for Ogdensburg, and Jake Garrison and Austin Putman chipped in one assist each in the loss. Spencer Lawrence also had a strong performance in nets in a losing effort.

“Both teams played hard. It was a real defensive battle,” Ogdensburg coach Matt Morley said. “We just made too many mistakes. We didn’t convert on some man-up situations when we should have, we didn’t take care of the ball the way we should have, and Saranac Lake capitalized on some of their opportunities.”

Joe Monaco and James Gearsbeck were the other two Saranac Lake seniors playing their final home game.

Saranac Lake and Ogdensburg now head into the Class C playoffs as underdogs. The Red Storm will head to Potsdam to take on the Sandstoners Monday starting at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils will travel Canton in the opening round of the postseason.