PORTLAND – Cameron Lao-Gosney says he’s yet to read his twin brother’s mind.

On the lacrosse field, he and Roman scored 34 goals between them this spring as midfielders for Division I Lehigh.

This summer, the pair have snagged another nine in five games with the Maine Elite Lacrosse Men’s Elite League, where sets of brothers abound.

Six of them to be exact — including the twins — are honing their skills in a competitive summer league every Thursday night on the turf at Deering’s Memorial Field.

“I know where he’s going to be. What he’s going to do,” said Cameron. They are former Hebron Academy three-sport standouts. “Though I’ve yet to read his mind.”

Among the brothers are former Cape Elizabeth standouts Evan Bagley and younger brother Chris. There are the Gerrity brothers of North Yarmouth Academy — Peter and Henry.

There are Sam and Jackson Burrell of Cumberland, Chris and Jason Hichborn of Yarmouth, and Matt and Brent Mayo of Scarborough.

“A lot of them are that older-younger (brother) combination where one was the hero,” said league director Deke Andrew, who also coaches at Cheverus. “And although it’s summer league, they want to win.

“It’s always intense. But there’s a great deal of respect.”

Bored with baseball, the Lao-Gosneys first picked up lacrosse sticks in the driveway of their home in Raymond.

They were hockey players by nature and figured the running around would suit them.

“We just played baseball and hated it,” said Roman.

Their story rang true for many of the brothers.

“I was really bad at baseball,” said Sam Burrell.

“I think I went 1 for 40 at the plate on our seventh-grade team.”

Sam is four years older than Jackson, so they never played together in high school. Sam played at Springfield College, graduating in 2009 as a preseason All-American honorable mention selection.

Jackson just finished his freshman season for Springfield.

During summer league, they are on separate teams — Sam plays for Shay’s Grill Pub. Jackson plays for LaxPros.com. Both are defenders.

“Copycat,” Sam says to his brother.

“It’d be great to play with him,” said Jackson.

Evan Bagley, who just finished his career at Bates, said he’s known some of the league players for more than eight years. He went to college with several of them, and played against many others back in high school.

Now, they all form a tight fraternity of sorts.

“There is that respect. It’s loose but competitive,” he said. “It’s nice to see how you measure up against each other after all these years.”

Atlantic Sportswear leads the standings with a 5-2 record.

The remaining teams — Shay’s Grill Pub, LaxPros.com, and Siano’s Pizzeria — are 3-4.

In all, the four-team league has players representing 51 colleges, including 10 Division I players, and former high school standouts from 23 teams.

They hold a draft in May, where teams can protect two players and a goalie from the previous season.

The season runs Thursday nights from June to August, including playoffs and a championship.

The season concludes with an All-Star game Aug. 12 against the Boston Crabs, a post-collegiate team.

 

Staff Writer Jenn Menendez can be contacted at 791-6426 or at: [email protected]