CAPE ELIZABETH – There was no home cooking for the Gorham girls’ lacrosse team Friday night.

Defending Class A state champion Scarborough handed the Rams their first loss of season, pulling away in the second a half for a 13-9 victory in an SMAA game.

It was supposed to be a home game for the Rams, but it was moved to the artificial surface of Hannaford Field because Gorham’s field was unplayable after a rainy week.

The Red Storm (8-1) tried to make the most of their possessions and did a good job of limiting Gorham’s scoring opportunities to snap the Ram’s nine-game winning streak.

“Like we’ve said all year, you cannot get into a shootout with (Gorham) because they’re so good,” Scarborough Coach Marcia Wood said. “We needed to be smart. We needed to outhustle them.

“We’re very equal teams. I think we made some pretty important plays, causing some turnovers. We were making things happen.”

Gorham Coach Ashley Dyer said her club didn’t have a particularly good game.

“I think there were mistakes that we made, and we needed to capitalize on (their mistakes) a little bit better,” she said.

“We just didn’t have it today. Our shot selection wasn’t very good. We just couldn’t get it in the back in the net.”

Kelsey Howard scored six goals for the Red Storm. Maggie Smith added four and Mary Scott followed with three goals to complete the scoring.

Mia Rapolla, who entered the game averaging nearly seven goals per game, had four goals and an assist for the Rams, who were averaging 18.7 goals a game.

Kali St. Germain scored two goals and Lindsey Smith, Katie Tucker and Kaitlyn Seehusen each added one.

“Like every other team does, they kind of put one player on (Rapolla),” Dyer said. “When she enters the 12 or 8 (yard line), they send three or four defenders on her. They just don’t let her in.

“Our team needs to work a little bit more on using everyone else.”

The score was tied 5-5 at the end of the first half.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Howard bounced in a free-position shot from 10 yards to snap the tie.

A few seconds later, Smith intercepted a clearing pass and beat goalie Olivia Curtis to give the Storm a 7-5 lead.

The Rams managed to close to within a goal three times over the next seven minutes. But Scarborough, which held a 22-20 edge in shots, outscored them 4-1 during the final 15 minutes to clinch the win.

Scarborough goalie Meg Kirsh made five of her eight saves during the second half. Two of her saves came on free-position shots following fouls.

“She came up with some great, great plays,” Wood said.

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