SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake girls lacrosse team fell into a 3-0 hole early and never recovered as visiting Potsdam claimed a 15-5 victory over the Red Storm Monday at Schroeter's Field.
Saranac Lake hung with Potsdam for much of the first half after junior Kylie Sapone netted the Red Storm's first goal eight minutes into the game to make it a 3-1 score. Saranac Lake scored two more times during the middle stages of the opening half, but on each occasion, the Sandstoners marched quickly up the field and answered with tallies less than a minute later to keep the Red Storm at bay.
With her team trailing 5-2, Sienna Daviau tallied for Saranac Lake with 7:06 remaining in the opening half to cut the Potsdam lead to two goals. But that was as close as the Red Storm got as the Sandstoners closed out the half with four straight goals to grab a 9-3 edge at intermission. Potsdam tacked on six more goals in the second half to improve to 5-6 overall.
Kati Buck of Saranac Lake attempts to advance past Potsdam’s Paige McCabe during Monday’s Section X lacrosse match at Schroeter’s Field in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
With the loss, Saranac Lake fell to 3-6 overall.
The 'Stoners got balanced scoring in the Section X contest as five players found the back of the net. Senior Keeley Rice had a big game for Potsdam, scoring four times and chipping in three assists. Michaela Cole and Kaile Grant each scored three goals, Annette Riche scored twice and Kirstie Bigwarfe and Jenny Tardelli added a goal apiece for the winners. Ally Miller also notched three assists for Potsdam.
Juniors Kylie Sapone and Kailiegh Woodruff paced Saranac Lake with two goals each and Daviau, a sophomore, recorded one goal. Red Storm coach Amanda Zullo credited Melissa Rath for a strong defensive effort in the loss, and added that Woodruff also had a solid outing at both ends of the field.
Katelyn Bloom made six saves in goal for the 'Stoners. Shiela Decker made 15 stops in net in the first half for Saranac Lake and Katey Snyder registered eight stops in the Red Storm net during the second half.
Saranac Lake will be on the road in its next match, traveling Wednesday to face Heuvelton.