FORT COVINGTON – Through the first three games of the regular season, Salmon River girls lacrosse has allowed less than 10 goals cumulatively.
On attack, each match thus far has been a 20-plus goal outing. After a 27-4 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy at home Saturday, the gravity of the Shamrocks’ depth is beginning to show.
With two starting defensemen absent due to SAT testing, two players who don’t normally see as much action stepped in and helped lock down the Blue Devils (0-3).
Salmon River (3-0) is able to get production from anyone, anywhere.
“We have the depth of 21 people,” Shamrocks coach Ron LaFrance said. “Some of our weaker players are starting to step it up, and it’s just a learning process. I think we are where we need to be.”
First three games all 20+ goals, and no end in sight. Salmon River now leads 22-3. pic.twitter.com/Ktci0KbU99— Evan Wheaton (@EvanWheaton) May 8, 2021
Twelve players found the back of the net for Salmon River. Joryan Adams had a game-high four goals. Teya Mitchell (two assists), Wynter Jock (four assists), Kendall Jock (two assists), Karah White (one assist) and Ryanne LaFrance (three assists) all scored hat tricks.
“A lot of us just have really good chemistry,” Mitchell said. “We work on and off-ball really well and I think that’s pretty much what’s getting us our goals.”
Ariyah LaFrance (three assists) and Paisley Cook (two assists) had a pair of goals apiece. Aiyanna Bearshield, Kahrakwas Mitchell, Kaia Swamp and Jordan Reese added a goal each.
Down 4-0, Ogdensburg’s Paige Merz scored a goal off a feed from Paige LaRock (two goals) at the 24:42 mark in the first half to cut the deficit.
Five minutes later, Kendall Jock wristed a shot into the net to retake a four-goal lead for the Shamrocks. LaRock then scored on a free position with 18 and a half minutes left in the first frame to once again cut into Salmon River’s lead.
White netted a goal on the following possession to make it 7-2, and from there, the Shamrocks were off to the races.
H1: 14:42 — Back-to-back goals from Teya Mitchell. Shamrocks lead 9-2. pic.twitter.com/t0PpiTzqGE— Evan Wheaton (@EvanWheaton) May 8, 2021
With an 18-3 lead at the half, Salmon River’s communication on the field only increased in the second frame. The underclassmen have been responding to it well.
“With defense, a lot of us try to stress it to them that communication is key,” Mitchell said. “So I think we’re really just trying to drill it into their heads, I think it’s really starting to click.”
LaFrance also attested to the strong communication and how critical a role it plays into not just running Salmon River’s run-and-gun offense, but in winning ground ball battles, making clears and locking down attackmen.
“The communication is key,” LaFrance said. “We do play man-to-man, we’re going to start playing zone and they just know where to be at the right time.”
Hannah Costello scored the lone second-half goal unassisted for the Blue Devils.
Two games next week against Plattsburgh and Lake Placid will give the younger units more reps, though the Shamrocks are gearing up for steeper competition on the horizon.
“We should be a well-oiled machine by the 19th when we play Massena, and the 20th when Canton comes here,” LaFrance said. “We’re looking good.”
Having outscored opponents 72-9 through six halves, one thing is certainly clear.
“It’s looking good for Salmon River lacrosse.”