YARMOUTH – Nine players scored for top-ranked Yarmouth on Saturday night as it advanced to the Eastern Class B schoolboy lacrosse championship game with a 17-7 victory against fourth-ranked North Yarmouth Academy.

Yarmouth (12-1) will be home for the final Wednesday against St. Dominic of Auburn.

“Hopefully we won in a fashion that makes us a better team,” said Yarmouth Coach Craig Curry. “I don’t think the score was indicative of that game. (NYA) never quit. Everything meant something.”

Steven Petrovek had four goals and Evan Henry added three for the Clippers.

A balance on offense has been developed over the season, said Curry.

With Petrovek’s offensive abilities, it was at times almost second nature for players to leave the offense to him and Henry.

“That was really a struggle earlier this season,” said Curry. “We kept urging everyone to grow their game. Fortunately (Petrovek) realizes you have to involve other players to have a championship caliber team.

“And we’ve had other players of his ilk who have taught him that.”

Said Petrovek: “I think people just gained more confidence and we were able to free things up.”

Yarmouth held a 3-1 lead after the first quarter on goals by Petrovek, Colby Shields and Michael Johnson.

Finn Hadlock scored for the Panthers with 4:56 to play in the quarter.

The Clippers then took a 9-1 lead with 2:37 left in the second quarter before an NYA surge made it 9-4 at the half.

Dylan Seely scored at 2:01 of the quarter, then again with 1:10 to play on a three-man advantage for NYA.

Hadlock’s goal with 29 seconds left in the half cut the deficit to five.

But Yarmouth scored three unanswered goals in the third quarter to go up 12-4 — a wraparound by Sam Torres, a one-timer by Matt Murphy, and a rebound goal by Henry off a wild scrum in front of the net.

The Clippers then outscored the Panthers 5-3 in the final quarter.

NYA (5-8) notched the final two goals, with 1:24 left, then with 16.4 seconds remaining.

“Yarmouth is a talented team. You can’t take that away,” said NYA Coach Chris Carpentier.

“I’m glad my kids played four quarters. They were motivated coming here.”

Curry said the players entered the game trying to focus on the little things in the game that got them where they are.

“It’s really focusing on the simple things,” he said. “It’s picking up ground balls. It’s catching them. It’s passing them.”

 

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