PORTLAND – With a few tweaks to the offense, a new goalie and some growing confidence, South Portland finds itself undefeated a week into the high school boys’ lacrosse season.

The Red Riots knocked off Cheverus 8-3 at Boulos Stadium on Wednesday for their second straight victory.

Travis Wibby made 16 saves, and the Red Riots got two goals apiece from three players: Harrison Keithly, Chad Macleod and Garrett Reuscher. Adam Burpee and Michael Salvatore also scored.

“Confidence-wise, this has given us a boost,” said Keithly. “But we’re not riding on it. We were already thinking about (next opponent) Deering 10 minutes after the game.”

South Portland has reached the Western Class A semifinals for the last several years, but is striving to go deeper this year.

“We’re a work in progress,” said Coach Tom Fiorini. “We’ve slowed down the offense and the kids are still getting used to it. We’re really just trying to fine-tune things.”

Keithly got the first goal on a wraparound at 6:37 of the first quarter, and Reuscher scored his first off a feed from Alex Catrett at 8:57 of the second.

Keithly made it 3-0 with a second wraparound, this one an underhand shot off a rebound with a little more than two minutes to go in the half.

The Red Riots went up 5-0 in the third quarter on goals by Burpee and Reuscher at 11:14 and 7:50, before Peter Dyche of Cheverus beat Wibby to break the shutout with 3:01 to go in the third quarter.

Macleod scored his first with an over-the-top shot at 2:45 to make it 6-1, and South Portland made it 8-1 with 8:29 to go in the game when Salvatore and Macleod scored three minutes apart.

Cheverus scored twice more to make it 8-3 on goals by Tommy Sullivan and Garrett Naimie.

“We had some good long possessions,” said Cheverus Coach Deke Andrew. “But not a lot of motion. We just played poorly. There’s no excuses.”

Wibby, a senior, said he was seeing the ball well.

“I thought he was excellent,” said Andrew.

“I’ve been trying to prove myself since I was a freshman,” said Wibby, in his first year as starter.

“I guess I had a good game. But the defense did an excellent job. And this year we have more team chemistry. The whole team is unified.”

 

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