SCARBOROUGH — Scarborough continued its recovery from a midseason slump Wednesday night with a 14-4 win against Gorham in an SMAA boys’ lacrosse game.
The four-time defending Class A state champions got goals from seven players to notch their second consecutive win since losing three games in a row.
“Usually, we go through our season with only losing one game, but this season has been different for us,” said Cam Loiselle, a senior attackman who led the Red Storm with four goals and three assists. “We knew we had to rebound and get a couple of wins, and I think we came out determined to get that win.”
The win kept Scarborough (7-3) in contention for home-field advantage at least through the first round of the upcoming Western Class A tournament.
“None of the four championships were easy,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said. “We had struggles every year. We had good games every year, especially late in the season, and it’s no different this year. We just need to rise to the challenge and continue to get better every day.”
The loss snapped the Rams’ six-game win streak and dropped them to 8-2.
“They just were a more competitive team,” said Gorham Coach Dan Soule. “Our schedule obviously shows we’re playing teams that are not at that caliber and this (game) was a challenge for us, but we were excited about getting the opportunity.”
“I think (the players) learned it takes more than what we’ve been doing to get to a high level, to play at a championship level,” Soule said. “It’s going to take a lot more hard work to get to where we want to be.”
Despite going 16 minutes without a goal at one point, the Rams were still in the game at the end of the first half as Cam Wright scored with 1.3 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the Red Storm lead to 7-4.
“Gorham has got some kids who can absolutely play, and we gave them some chances early at some loose balls, and they made us pay for it,” Hezlep said. “In the second half, we cleaned it up a little bit. We got a little tougher on groundballs and we’re able to make some plays.”
The Red Storm held the Rams scoreless in the second half.
“We did a better job on help-side defensively, rotating down and making their shots more difficult,” Hezlep said. “We’re starting to get better. We just have to play better all the time.”
Chris Cyr and Chris Neelon each scored three goals for the Red Storm. Nathan Howard, who was nearly unbeatable handling the draws, had three assists. Sam Neugebauer, Brendon Smith, Sam Ware and Andrew Farrington each scored a goal.
“Our offense has been a complete work in progress all year,” Hezlep said. “We’ve shuffled things around a couple of times, and we’re starting to get there. We’re starting to get guys comfortable with being the ones taking the shots, i nstead of looking for one guy to do something, we’ve got a lot more guys looking to make plays.”
Colin Harvey scored two goals for the Rams, who also got a goal from Tristan Brunet.