CUMBERLAND — Fourth-seeded Greely put the defensive shackles on No. 5 Waynflete to cruise to a 20-9 win in a Western Class B boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon.
The Rangers got outstanding performances from faceoff specialist Gabe Belisle, goalie Griffin Doree and defender Harry Shain to advance to play top-seeded, unbeaten Cape Elizabeth in the regional semifinals Saturday.
Belisle, a junior, won 18 of 23 faceoffs to help Greely maintain possession and also had a goal and an assist.
“Gabe did a great job,” said Greely Coach Mike Story. “He’s really quick off the whistle. “We knew (Waynflete) is good at groundballs, so wanted to possess the ball right off the faceoff.”
Doree, a senior, stopped 18 of 27 shots.
“Griffin is our best player, the heart and soul of the team,” Belisle said. “He comes up huge every single game.”
Shain, another junior and the team’s top defender, limited the Flyers’ high-scoring Henry Cleaves to three goals and no assists.
“We knew what we wanted to do was neutralize Cleaves,” Story said. “With a good player like that you can never stop him, but you can certainly limit his production.”
Pacing the Rangers were Tim Adams with five goals and Mitch Mullin with four. Gwyn Zambillo added three goals and four assists. Sam Doolitlle also scored three goals, Will Peck had two and Alex Kroot and Calvin Stroud each had one. Sam Peck chipped in an assist.
For the Flyers, Harry Baker-Connick also scored three goals. Timmy Bollinger scored a goal and had an assist. Aaron Lee and Cooper Chap each scored a goal, and Willy Burdick had an assist.
Greely (8-5) held Waynflete to four goals during the first three quarters. The Flyers (9-5) had outscored their previous four opponents by a combined 70-30.
“We have a real solid defense,” Adams said. “I think we have the best defense in the state when we want to play well.”
The Rangers held a 6-2 lead at the end of the first half. They limited the Flyers to a single shot on goal during the first 11 minutes of the second half while building a 13-2 lead.
“We sort of ran out of gas,” Waynflete Coach Dan Thomsen said. “We’ve got a small team numbers-wise and we ran out of energy. We were trying to mix up some things to create a little offense and it was tough for us to keep up with them. (Greely) has a lot of depth and a lot of good players.”