Red Storm bedeviled by Ogdensburg

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake boys lacrosse team lost another tough match Friday, falling 9-8 to Ogdensburg at Schroeter’s Field.

Saranac Lake took a 2-0 advantage to open the game and held a 7-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils outscored the Red Storm 3-1 down the stretch to claim the win and improve to 4-5 in Section X action.

The game featured a contest between two evenly matched teams, and Ogdensburg was able to win the possession battle late. Andrew Putnam and Taylor Richardson, who are both juniors, led the Blue Devils with three goals apiece. Austin Morley-Sloan added two goals and Andrew Roddy scored once in the victory. Richardson and Nate Peo also added two assists each.

Jeff Stevens had another huge game for Saranac Lake. The senior led all scorers with four goals and an assist.

Midfielder Blake Battistoni recorded two goals and Andrew Paschke and Kevin Duguay netted one goal apiece. Holmes chipped in with two assists in the setback and Duguay and Gabe Woodward each notched one assist.

After watching Saranac Lake score the first two goals of the game, Ogdensburg rallied to take a 4-2 lead, and then headed into halftime with a 5-4 edge. The Red Storm scored the next three goals to go up 7-5, but couldn’t hold off the Blue Devils. Ogdensburg netted the next four goals to take a 9-7 edge. Duguay scored Saranac Lake’s final marker with 2:47 remaining to cut his team’s deficit to a single goal but the Blue Devils defense held the hosts off the board the rest of the way.

“What killed us in the fourth quarter was the fact that we seemed to have possession for about 10 seconds,” Saranac Lake head coach Dermott Morgan said. “Not being able to catch and maintain possession, the basic fundamentals of lacrosse, really hurt us.”

Jacob Merrill made 13 saves in goal for the Red Storm. Quinton Denner recorded seven stops in nets to earn the win for the Blue Devils.

“The fourth quarter was a great one for us,” Ogdensburg coach Matt Morley said. “This was a back-and-forth game, and we stuck with it for all four quarters. It was a great game, and our guys stayed in the moment from start to finish.”

The loss was the third for Saranac Lake in the four matches it has played this week. The Red Storm will be in action again today, traveling to face St. Lawrence Central starting at 2:30 p.m.