COLTON One would never know that the Salmon River Central boys varsity lacrosse team had been off for over a week.
The Shamrocks improved to 3-0 in the early going of the NAC season after posting a lopsided 18-3 victory against the host Colton-Pierrepont Colts (0-3) on Tuesday.
Salmon River, the defending Section 10 regular season champions, jumped in front of the Colts early, scoring seven goals in the opening quarter, then cruised to the win. The Shamrocks added six more tallies in the second stanza to build a 13-0 cushion before the break. SRC also moved up to fourth in the latest New York State Sportswriters Class C lacrosse poll, which was released on Monday.
The team played well, but there are still some things that we need to improve on, stated Salmon River head coach Jim Barnes. This was a good game to get everyone some playing time.
Barnes went on to point out that the attack group of Russ Oakes, Skkylar Thomas and Alan Jacobs are really coming together. The SRC trio combined for seven goals and 11 assists – with the sophomore Thomas earning nine assists with one goal during the victory.
Oakes scored four times and had two assists, while Jacobs netted a hat trick. Kason Tarbell added two goals while solo markers came off the sticks of Kyle Lewis, Trenton Tarbell, Lakota Square, Myles Delormier, Dalton Roundpoint, Blaze White, Talon Hemlock and Jared Jock.
This was a good game to get everyone some playing time, said Barnes.Salmon River used a pair of goalies during their win, with starter Tazz Oakes and backup Darius Lafrance turning asided three shots each. Jon Polter netted two goals for the Colts, while Scott Boyce had the other. Major McKinley posted 15 saves in goal for the Colts, prompting Barnes to add that he made a lot of saves and played an awesome game.
Salmon River is right back on the field today, hosting the OFA Blue Devils in the Shamrocks home opener. First whistle is slated for 4:30 p.m. The Colts head to Massena Central this evening to take on the Raiders starting at 7 p.m.