St. Dom’s 16

Bonny Eagle 13

In a display of offensive fire power, the St. Dom’s boys’ lacrosse team defeated Bonny Eagle 16-13 last Thursday in Standish. Kayle Hamilton scored seven goals for Bonny Eagle while Trevor Maesele scored six times for the Saints.

Maesele scored the first goal of the game just over two minutes into the first quarter with a bounced shot. Hamilton tallied his first goal just a few minutes later to tie the score at one.

The Saints then scored two straight goals to take the biggest lead of the game to that point, 3-1. Brett Dostie inched the Scots closer with his first goal of the game on a shot he took while falling to the ground. But St. Dom’s scored twice more to take a 5-2 lead. Hamilton scored again to cut the lead to two, but a late goal by Dave Roux gave the Saints a 6-3 lead after the first quarter.

“We’ve come a long way since those seniors were freshmen,” said Bonny Eagle head coach Nat Germond. “They’ve been the biggest part of the turnaround for the team. When I first got here four years ago we were just running around hitting people. And now we’re playing lacrosse. It’s a great tribute to all our seniors.”

The Scots pulled closer in the second quarter. Hamilton opened the second with two straight goals, his third and fourth, to make it a 6-5 game. Midway through the quarter, the Saints stretched their lead back to three goals when Ben Adams scored twice to make it a 9-6 game.

But the Scots closed the gap again late in the half with three goals in the final four minutes coming from Dostie, Hamilton and Wade Severance. At the break, the Saints held a slight lead, 10-9.

“This team never quits,” Germond said. “It’s clichad, but they are a bunch of scrappers out there. We have some talent mixed in here and there. We have a couple of all-conference selections for the first time since I’ve been here. They love playing the game. They picked it up as freshmen, which is tough. They have put in a lot of work and that’s why they keep trying to come back every time we get down.”

St. Dom’s expanded their lead early in the third when Maesele scored the first two goals of the second half to give his team a 12-9 lead. Hamilton scored again to make it 12-10. The teams traded goals in the final 4:32 of the third and going into the fourth quarter, the Saints were up 14-11.

Ethan Thorne scored 15 seconds into the fourth quarter for the Scots to pull them back within two. Two St. Dom’s goals in a row made it 16-12 with 8:14 left to play. Try as they might, the Scots couldn’t overcome the four-goal deficit. Chris Smith netted the final Bonny Eagle goal with 4:08 to go but that was as close as the Scots would get.

“It was a big game, we just came up on the losing end of it,” Germond said. “We have to take our hat off to St. Dom’s. They are a good team.”

The Scots managed to make their way into the playoffs as the ninth seed, but fell in the prelims to Kennebunk, 15-5 on June 9.

“I’d really like to take that next step forward where we become one of those upper tier teams with an 8-4 record or something like that,” Germond said. “But at the same time the actual lacrosse we’re playing is better than it’s ever been since I’ve been here. They are really playing great lacrosse right now. We have had some beautiful goals this year, great defensive plays and great goaltending. Overall I’m very upbeat. We have tons of young players who are varsity level players. We have several freshmen and seven or eight sophomores who are playing varsity minutes all the time now. So I’m optimistic for next year.”

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