OFA, Lisbon, Hammond, M-W Chase Final 4
BY DAVE SHEA
Section 10 is off to a winless start to New York State Tournament action.
On Tuesday the Malone Girls dropped a 7-0 loss in Class A action with Mohonasen and Canton was shutout by Broadalbin-Perth 4-0 in Class B Girls action. On Wednesday Burnt Hills-Bolton Landing downed Malone 5-1 in Class A Boys action while Ausable Valley took a 3-1 win over Brushton-Moira in Class C Girls semi-final game.
On Saturday the OFA (Class B), Madrid-Waddington (Class C) and Lisbon (Class D) Boys teams and the Hammond (Class D) Girls will be looking to reverse the trend in Regional Championship action Potsdam High School and Beekmantown High School.
M-W is looking for a second straight Final 4 trip while Hammond is looking to repeat a Final 4 appearance in 2016.
OFA (8-5-3) vs Schuylerville (13-7-0) 3 p.m. At Potsdam HS
Schuylerville enters the game ranked first in the NYS Class B Poll and OFA, which is unbeaten in the second half of the season, is ranked 13th. OFA downed Canton 1-0 in the Section 10 Championship game where Holden Woods scored the lone goal off a corner kick by Kam
Schuylerville downed OFA last Spring in the Class B Baseball regionals and advanced to the soccer states with a 2-1 upset win over top-seeded Ichabod Crane. On Wednesday the Black Horses blanked Saranac 3-0 in the regional semi-finals where goaltender Brady Eugain made two saves. Matt McCarthy scored two goals and Ian Winchell netted one against Saranac after scoring both goals against Ichabod Crane.
Leading OFA into the game are the team's leading scorers and and First Team All-NAC Central selections Connor Griffith and Karson LaRose and Second Team selections in halfback Holden Woods and sweeper Greg Mallott.
Madrid-Waddington 14-3-1 vs Voorheesville (18-1-0) 1 p.m. at Potsdam HS
The Yellowjackets will be looking to earn a second straight trip to Middletown for the Final 4 after winning a fourth straight Section 10 crown (2 Class, 2 Class D) with a 3-0 win over Brushton-Moira. The Jackets are ranked eighth in the NYS Class C Poll and third ranked Voorheesville moved into the regional finals with a 3-1 win over Saranac Lake.
The Black Birds claimed the Section 2 title with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Lake George.
M-W's Section 10 Class C title game win featured the return of stopper Brennan Harmer, the 2018 NAC East Defensive Player of the Year, from injury which allowed Cade VanBuren to move to forward and he figured in all three goals with one goal and two assists. Brody VanBuren and Joey Green scored the other goals and Trent Lashua handled three saves in the shutout.
Defenders Nick Burns and Lucas Ryan and striker John McCall earned All NAC East First Team honors and Cade VanBuren and defender Gabe Murphy made the Second Team selections.
Lisbon (19-0-0) vs Chazy (18-0-1) 11 a.m. at Beekmantown HS
A match of the last remaining unbeaten Class D teams in New York State features top-ranked Chazy and third ranked Lisbon. With only one senior, halfback Karter Jordan, the Golden Knights look to become one of the youngest teams to ever make the Final 4.
Lisbon took the Section 10 title in dramatic fashion edging Colton-Pierrepont 1-0 in overtime in the semi-finals and Harrisville 1-0 in the finals where halfback Jackson LaRock scored in three 17th minute off a long service by defender Greg Wood.
The Lisbon defense of Wood, Hayden Carr, Ben LaRock and Teagan Jordan, combined with goaltender Hayden McBath, has allowed only six goals all season. McBath has tended to 13 shutouts to share the single season school record with Scott Richardson.
"We play a lot like they do, both teams like to keep the ball on the ground. We have to play very well and look to score first," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus. "I have seen them play the last two years at the Final 4. They are a very good team and Chazy has a great program."
Stopper Teagan Jordan and striker Griffin Walker, who have both battled injuries this season, earned All NAC West Division Second Team honors. Karter Jordan, sweeper Ben LaRock, forward Miles Gendebien and halfback Jackson LaRock earned First Team honors.
Chazy won the Section 7 Class D Championship game over Schroon Lake 4-0 led by Riley Hansen who scored three times to lift his season total to 27. Chazy has won 17 straight games after an early season tie with Class B opponent Beekmantown.
Hammond Vs Chazy 1 p.m. at Beekmantown HS
Number 3 state-ranked Hammond (16-1) is the last Section 10 Girls Champion standing and they are standing tall and riding high heading into Saturday's game against Section 7 champion Chazy (11-8) on a 15-game winning streak. The Red Devils blanked Edwards-Knox 2-0 in the Section 10 title game and are led into Saturday's regional finals by Avery Kenyon and Norah Pease who were honored as the NAC West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and another first team all-star in Kelsey Bennett who has scored nine goals in three Section 10 Tournament games and 39 on the season.
Halfbacks Hailey Manning and Hailey Cunningham earned Second Team All-Star honors and sweeper Zoey Cunningham was the team's fourth first team selection.
Eighth grader Ava McAluiff scored both goals as Chazy downed Boquet Valley 2-1 in the Section 7 Championship game. Chazy stands 13th in the state rankings.