CAPE ELIZABETH — Cape Elizabeth’s unbeaten boys’ lacrosse team faced a big test for the second consecutive game Tuesday night and passed it with flying colors.
Four days after rolling to a 10-5 win over four-time Class A champion Scarborough, the Capers got off to great start against previously unbeaten Falmouth and ran away with a 12-8 win at Hannaford Field.
“We’ve had two good games,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Ben Raymond said.
“The defense played well in both of them, and we’re off to a pretty good start.”
Cape, the defending Class B champion, is 6-0 and has a firm grasp of the top spot in the Western Class B Heal point standings.
“I don’t know how far along we really are,” Raymond said. “At times, we’re really, really good and at times we’re young and we make mistakes we shouldn’t make. I think we’re where we should be. I think our defense is probably a little bit ahead, but I think the defense is usually a little bit ahead of (opposing) offenses.”
The Capers held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
R.J. Sarka, a sophomore midfielder, opened the scoring with a wrap-around shot from the right side at 7:46.
Then Owen Thoreck, a freshman attacker, added two goals on close-in shots from the left during a span of less than two minutes to give the Capers the three-goal lead.
Cape made it when Noah Haversat and Andrew Kelly scored less than four minutes into the second quarter.
“We just didn’t match their intensity (during) the first quarter and dug ourselves a big hole,” Falmouth Coach Mike LeBel said.
“They came out ready. They had a great game plan and they executed it. We had a decent game plan going in, but we did not execute it. We didn’t match their intensity.”
It took the Yachtsmen nearly 20 minutes to get the ball past Cape goalie Alex Narvaez, who made seven of his 13 saves during the first half. Bryce Kuhn broke the ice following a nifty feed from C.J. Leighton.
“Alex getting off to a good start was really important for us,” Raymond said. “He made some nice saves early and cleared the ball well.”
After Tom Feenstra, a long-stick defenseman, moved in close for a goal to give Cape a 6-1 lead, Falmouth got goals from Kuhn and Leighton in the final three minutes of the first half to make it 6-3.
The Yachtsmen (5-1) managed to close to within two goals when Joe Dancoes put in a rebound 33 seconds into the second half, but they got no closer as Cape pulled away to 10-5 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Thoreck and Haversat each scored three goals for the Capers. Griffin Thoreck and Andrew Kelly each scored two goals.
Kuhn led Falmouth with three goals. IV Stucker scored two goals and Tyler Jordan had one.
James Monroe-Chausse won 13 of 19 draws, enabling Cape to frequently retain posfollowing a goal.