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Lake Placid’s Eliza Fitzsimmons takes off with the football during a game on May 6. (News photo — Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID – After winning one of its last three games, the Saranac Lake Placid girls lacrosse team posted one of its biggest wins in recent years on May 6.

Playing at the North Elba Athletic Fields, the SLP girls topped the Canton Golden Bears 5-4 – a team they previously lost to 11-1 on April 16. The Golden Bears also rank second in Section

The win marked the first time SLP defeated the Golden Bears since the merger in 2019. The last time Saranac Lake girls lacrosse defeated the Bears was May 5, 2015.

“I think this just proves that we can beat anyone. We just have to play like we did today.” SLP co-head coach Jeff Denkenberger said. “Everyone has fulfilled their potential. I told everyone to click at the beginning of the game and it happened. We stayed focused, came out positive and everything was great.”

SLP jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, and although the Golden Bears slowly clawed their way back, their efforts were cut short by solid play from SLP’s defense and goalkeeper Samra Cirikovic, who scored five. saves.

SLP’s Samra Cirikovic, right, makes a stick save on Canton’s Olivia Francey during a match at the North Elba Show Grounds on May 6. (Supplied photo – Alicia Brandes)

“Sam played great,” Denkenberger said. “Like four of her saves were on penalties where she just put it away. I don’t think we’ve ever had a goalie as athletic as she is.”

SLP’s Lizzie Harvey and Emma Clark scored two goals each. Tyler Burth added one in the win. Burth and Maya Garrison each had one assist.

Canton had four different goal scorers, with Ella Mousaw, Olivia Francey, Sara Aldous and Elena Abplanalp finding the back of the net. Vivian Coburn of the Golden Bears had one assist.

For SLP, the win improved their overall record to 7-4, which is just two games behind their best record in more than a decade, which stood at 9-7 last season. The team still has five games left in the regular season.

“I think the girls are starting to believe in themselves.” Denkenberger said. “There’s a lot of girls on the team and we (coaches) feel like everyone comes onto our field and says, ‘Oh, we’re going to beat SLP.’ Sometimes they come in with that attitude.”