With an 8-4 victory Monday night against Cape Elizabeth, the Yarmouth boys’ lacrosse team pushed its home winning streak to 67 games.

That dates back eight years.

“We bring it up occasionally but really, it’s not something that needs to be said,” said senior midfielder David Dietz. “We just know that we don’t lose (at home). This is our field. We shouldn’t have the mentality that anyone can come out here and beat us.”

Coach Craig Curry said he doesn’t dwell on the streak.

“I try to play it down as much as I can,” said Curry. “But I know the kids are very aware of it. Each successive year they pass it along. Put that little pressure on the next year.”

Curry’s team, which is 4-0, has been ranked No. 1 in both weekly coaches’ polls this spring. It has knocked off two key opponents Falmouth (7-4 last Friday) and Cape Elizabeth.

“I think we were a little lost for identity at the beginning of the season,” said Dietz.

“We had some big holes to fill in the midfield. But we have a depth people don’t realize.”

THE SOUTH Portland boys continue to be the breakout team of the spring with five straight wins out of the gate, against Scarborough, Cheverus, Deering, Massabesic and Westbrook.

Coach Tom Fiorini, who is in his fifth season with the program (including a stint as junior varsity coach), said he had a feeling about this group.

“We knew we had a little bit of a road ahead to build a program,” he said. “But I knew this year would be a special year with these kids.”

The Red Riots will face Camden Hills next, and have Thornton Academy and Kennebunk to contend with as the season progresses.

“Anybody can beat anybody at any time. And we know we have big targets on our back. So we’re just looking at it one game at a time,” he said.

The players aren’t thinking about an undefeated season just yet.

“There’s that underlying thought but I don’t really care about that,” said Fiorini. “Our issue is we want to be a top seed going into the tournament.”

 

THE YARMOUTH boys reign atop this week’s coaches’ poll in boys’ lacrosse again: 1. Yarmouth, 2. Falmouth, 3. Portland, 4. Cape Elizabeth, 5. Brunswick, 6. South Portland, 7. Kennebunk, 8. Scarborough, 9. Messalonskee, 10. North Yarmouth Academy.

 

RIVALS WAYNFLETE and North Yarmouth Academy met for the first time this season Friday in girls’ lacrosse, and NYA (2-1) eked out a 7-6 victory. Waynflete edged the Panthers in the 2009 state final for its sixth championship in the last decade.

“Their whole team played really well,” said Flyers Coach Cathie Connors. “The game gave us both an opportunity to look at some things. But they’re just as good as we all thought they were going to be.”

 

K.R. JURGELEVICH, a former Portland High standout, has played 11 games with the nationally ranked Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team. He has six goals and three assists, which leads the team’s freshmen midfielders in scoring. The Minutemen will play at Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association semifinal tonight.

 

THE YARMOUTH and Waynflete girls will meet in a pivotal match at 4 p.m. Thursday in Portland. The Clippers are 4-0; the Flyers are 2-1.

 

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