Correction: This story was revised at 2:21 p.m., June 9, 2011, to correct the name of the player who scored the game-winning goal for Marshwood. It was Matt Scremin.


SOUTH PORTLAND — Matt Scremin scored his second goal of the game 1:32 into overtime to lift Marshwood to a 9-8 victory over South Portland in a Western Class A boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal at Martin Memorial Field Wednesday night.

The fifth-seeded Hawks, who will play top-seeded Scarborough in a regional semifinal Saturday, rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

“The kids never quit,” Marshwood Coach Ralph Ruocco said. “At halftime, I told the kids we needed to knock on the door and when it opens, we need to kick it in, and that’s what the kids did.”

No. 4 South Portland (7-6) appeared to take control of the game during a six-minute segment of the second quarter when it scored four goals to open a 6-2 lead.

“The bottom line is we only played one out of four quarters,” South Portland Coach Tom Fiorini said. “We played the second quarter. When we played the second quarter, we dominated the game.

“The other three quarters we just played with them, and they had a little bit more heart than we did.”

Andrew Rollins scored three of his four goals less than three minutes into the second half to end a 10-minute scoring drought and pull the Hawks (8-5) back to within a goal.

“He’s our senior leader and he wants the ball in crunch time,” Ruocco said. “He’s just bringing that senior leadership.”

“We needed to turn it around right away because they had a lot of momentum going into the second half,” said Rollins, who also had three assists.

Still, South Portland held an 8-5 lead with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“Give (Marshwood) credit,” Fiorini said. “They did what they had to do to win the game and we didn’t. We made a lot of mental mistakes: a penalty with a minute and half left in the game, trying to run through guys instead of moving the ball.”

During the regular season, Robert Hannigan scored a goal with 44 seconds left to lift the Riots to a 9-8 win over the Hawks.

“It’s a good matchup to start with because we played them earlier in the season and (the game) was just like this,” Ruocco said. “Unfortunately, they won it, but we learned a lot.”

Scremin started the late-game rally by rolling in from the left to score his first goal with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter. With 2:09 left, Rollins pulled the Hawks closer with his fourth goal.

Jeff Graunke bounced in a shot from 20 yards with 36.6 seconds left to tie the score.

Scremin then took a feed from Rollins for the winner.

“I saw a hole so I went for the dodge, and the (defensive) slide came pretty quick and I dished it off,” Rollins said. 

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