There was no point in the Scarborough boys lacrosse team dwelling on its end-of-the-season loss to Kennebunk.

It was the one blemish on an otherwise perfect season, and it came at a bad time – just before the playoffs were about to get started – but the Red Storm roster was depleted when they faced Western Class B’s No. 1 seed.

Scarborough was without longstick midfielder Cody Powers (ankle injury); without starting goalie Phil Lambert, who replaced All-American Dave Hamilton; and without backup goalie Mike Sterling.

And because of a bug that made its way through most of the team – Eddie Jones is still recovering – even the guys who did suit up weren’t necessarily 100 percent.

“I had three or four guys who were real troopers for going out there and giving it their all, but they really weren’t 100 percent,” said Scarborough coach Tobey Farrington.

So the Red Storm moved on and focused on more pressing matters, like proving to the rest of Class A that, even though they may have only had one all-conference selection – senior attackman Bryan MacPhie – Scarborough was deserving of the No. 1 seed in Western Class A.

“If you have a 12-1 team – we’re 15-3 overall – and if you have a team like that with only one second-team all-conference attackman and that’s it, I think that says something,” said Farrington. “I liken it to the year the Pats won their first Super Bowl. They had maybe one or two guys in the Pro Bowl that year and a bunch of nobodies, a low-round draft pick quarterback. That’s us. We’re absolutely team-based.”

A team-based squad that, thanks to more than a week off before its first playoff game, was finally healthy when it took on No. 4 South Portland.

“We wanted the home field advantage and coming in as the No. 1 seed we got the bye, which gave us another week to get ready,” said Powers. “So a lot of our players are well-rested.”

The Red Storm beat the Red Riots, 13-7, Monday afternoon. In that game Darren Smith, who was converted from longstick midfielder to faceoffs in the middle of the season, won 18 of 23 draws.

“It’s all kinds of little things,” said Farrington. “Everything from that third attackman pitching in a goal and an assist here and there all the way down. And I still have freshmen and sophomores competing. A lot of people are pitching in and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

With the win, Scarborough moved on to face No. 2 Portland in the Western Class A finals, which were scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The winner will play in the state final Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Win or lose, Powers said the team will be happy with what it has accomplished this season.

“A lot of us have been starting since we were freshmen and we’ve just really come together as a team and it’s made us stronger,” he said. “It didn’t really matter to us if we got personal recognition. We just wanted to be recognized as a team because a lot of the better teams don’t respect us and think it’s just a fluke that we beat them.”

Farrington agreed.

“It has been a great season,” he said. “We’ve been looking forward to it since the end of last season.”


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