Scoring runs lift Larries past Red Storm

SARANAC LAKE – Scoring runs are common in the game of lacrosse. On Friday at Schroeter’s Field, St. Lawrence Central strung together two big runs, both in the first half, to claim a 12-7 victory over Saranac Lake in Section X action.

St. Lawrence cruised out to a 5-0 lead to open the game, and after the Red Storm answered with three straight goals, the Larries scored the next six in a row to pull away. They led 10-3 at intermission and added another early in the second half before Saranac Lake started to find some offense, which turned out to be too little, too late.

Senior Marshall Berninghausen paced the winners with a game-high six goals, and teammate Luke Arquiett found the back of the net three times. Brody Simonds added two goals and Nick Randall tallied once to round out the scoring for St. Lawrence, which improved to 4-3.

For Saranac Lake, senior Jeff Stevens led the way with four goals and an assist, Oliver Holmes notched a goal and an assist, Karl Schulz and Kevin Dugay netted a goal apiece, and Gabe Woodward and CJ Willams each recorded an assist.

“Lacrosse is a game where you score in spurts,” said head coach Dermott Morgan, whose Red Storm dropped to 1-3 with the loss. “St. Lawrence scored five in a row to start this game and at that point, we looked like the team that had just gotten off the bus. We made a little run to make it 5-3, and then they came right back with another run. They won this game by winning the ground balls.”

Three different players scored during the first three minutes of the game for the Larries, who then pushed their lead to 5-0 with 1:01 still remaining in the opening period. Schulz and Stevens then tallied for Saranac Lake late in the first, and Stevens netted his second of the game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter to cut the Red Storm’s deficit to 5-3. But from there, Saranac Lake went on a scoreless drought that lasted nearly 18 minutes while falling behind 11-3.

Holmes finally ended the Red Storm’s dry spell on a goal with four minutes left in the third period to make it an 11-4 score in favor of the visitors. Saranac Lake went on to outscore St. Lawrence 3-1 down the stretch.

“That was the best first half we played this year,” St. Lawrence head coach Chris Rose said. “We got to the ground balls for a change. In the second half, Saranac Lake played much more aggressively and we made some mistakes. Fortunately, we built up a pretty big lead that carried us through.”

Kody Kocis earned the win in goal for Saint Lawrence while senior Jacob Merrill took the loss in nets for Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake will be at home again today when it hosts unbeaten Canton starting at 4 p.m. St. Lawrence next plays Monday against Salmon River.