SLP girls lax end season in Canton

The Saranac Lake Placid girls lacrosse team’s season came to an end on May 22 when they fell 11-2 to the Canton Golden Bears on the road in the Section X, Class D semifinal game.

“We played defense most of the game,” SLP co-head coach Jeff Denkenberger said. “We could not win a face off in the first half and we struggled to maintain the ball on the offensive end. We had too many turnovers to be able to win this time of year. We just didn’t have the confidence on the offensive end and made a lot of weak passes that a team like Canton ate up.”

The Golden Bears got off to a hot start and held SLP without a goal for the entire first half.

Senior Phoebe Peer broke through for SLP in the second half, but it was too late. Tyler Burth also scored one goal on an assist from Peer. Samra Cirikovic had six saves for SLP.

“Sam did an amazing job in goal last night and the entire year,” Denkenberger said. “She was under pressure the entire game. Just like our defense she didn’t get much down time.”

Despite falling, SLP had solid season, recording double-digit wins. The team finished with a 10-6 record.

“Our girls came together as a team more than any team I have witnessed do in this school,” Denkenberger said. “Bringing Carolyn Walton in, who has volunteered helping the varsity team for the last two years, has changed our game. She played lacrosse in college and brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. She has a way of holding players accountable without offending them which seems to be a struggle in sports today.”

Canton will take on Salmon River in the Section X, Class D on Tuesday at Clarkson University.

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