– By PAUL BETIT

Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK-Scarborough survived a late-game rally by Kennebunk Thursday night to finish the regular season as the state’s lone unbeaten girls’ lacrosse team.

Ellie Morin and Kelsey Howard each scored three goals and had an assist to lead the Red Storm to a 12-9 win against the Rams in an SMAA game.

“We wanted this game more than anything,” Morin said.

It seems Scarborough had an old score to settle.

“We lost to Kennebunk last year in the tournament, and everyone hates to lose in the playoffs,” Morin said. “You want to go far in the playoffs and the team that beats you you want to get back the next (season).”

During this school year, Scarborough teams have already gone unbeaten while winning Class A field hockey and girls basketball state championships.

Morin and Brittany Ross, who assisted on three goals Thursday night, both played on those championship squads.

“I want to keep the streak going,” said Morin, who intends to play lacrosse at Southern New Hampshire University next season. “I want another state championship so bad, and I think we can do it.”

The Red Storm (12-0) broke open a close game by scoring four goals during the final 10 minutes of the first half open up a 7-3 lead.

“At the beginning, we started out slowly, which is what we do in all our games,” Morin said. “Once, we get our momentum going, it just kind of flows.”

Scarborough cemented the win by scoring its last five goals during a seven-minute span in the second half to move into a 12-5 lead with less than nine minutes left.

“Kennebunk did a fantastic job of flooding our midfield transition, but we were still able to move and run past them,” Scaroborough coach Marcia Wood said.

The Rams (8-4) scored four goals during the final six minutes to close the gap.

The Red Storm held a 21-17 edge in shots on goal.

For Scarborough, Laura Przybylowics scored two goals and had an assist. Meghan Quirk added two goals. Dani Ross and Lindsay Hagerman each scored a goal.

Emily Kessell led Kennebunk with three goals and an assist. Brooke Worcester and Taylor Crowley scored two goals. Kate Graydon and Allison Bush each scored a goal, while Camille Auger had three assists.

Goalie Marina Sterrer made eight saves for Scarborough, while Kennebunk’s Kellie Renk made nine saves.

The two teams are expected to play each other June 12 in a Western Class A tournament semifinal game.

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

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