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June 16, 2021 — The medicine game ascends again at Salmon River

Five years ago, the documentary “Keepers of the Game” made its debut in repertory theater across the United States. The story surrounded the girls’ lacrosse team at Fort Covington Salmon River (N.Y.) as it progressed through the NYSPHSAA state tournament, ultimately losing out to Skaneateles (N.Y.) in the regionals back in 2015.

Since that year, Salmon River, located on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory straddling the U.S.-Canada border, has been an annual contender for Section X and state tournament championships. All the while, the team has been battling financial and cultural obstacles to play a game seen as being reserved for men and boys.

The latest triumph for Salmon River was yesterday’s 21-1 win over Potsdam (N.Y.) in the sectional semifinal round, bringing the Shamrocks’ record to 21-1 on the season.

With the win, Salmon River will have a chance to end its season with a championship tomorrow against Canton (N.Y.). That’s because New York decided to cancel state tournament play and teams are only playing towards sectional championships.

Salmon River High School will have a chance to do a gender double tomorrow as both the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams are scheduled for the Section X final tomorrow afternoon.

Should be an interesting doubleheader to watch.