SCARBOROUGH – Yarmouth’s boys lacrosse team patiently went about its business while knocking Scarborough from the unbeaten ranks Friday night.

Ethan Cyr scored with 44 seconds left as the Clippers pulled out a 7-6 win.

The seeds of the defending Class A champion’s first defeat of the season were sown much earlier in the game.

Yarmouth, one of the top teams in Eastern Class B, took a 3-0 lead less than four minutes in while establishing a tempo that prevented Scarborough from employing its transition game.

“That’s what our team is about controlling the tempo, coming out fast and getting a good start,” Sam Torres said. “We jumped out into a three-goal lead right in the beginning, and that was how we wanted to set the tone, and it carried through for the rest of the game.”

Torres scored both of his goals during that early onslaught, forcing the Red Storm to play catch-up for most of the game.

“They came out in a set we hadn’t seen, and we didn’t react well,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said.

“We got down three goals, and you’ve got to keep fighting back the whole time.”

After grabbing the early lead, the Clippers took their time on every possession.

“We just want to move (the ball) around and get perfect shots,” Torres said. “There’s a bunch of shots that our midfield can get at any time, good shots, but we know if we dodge and move the ball and move around, we know we can get a much better shot that will be open.”

It took the Red Storm more than three quarters to the tie score.

John Wheeler made it 5-5 when he scored his second goal 3:49 into the fourth quarter, but Yarmouth regained the lead less than a minute later when Torres scored his third goal while the Clippers were a man up.

With 1:48 left, Jon Blaisdell forged another tie with his third goal of the game.

Cyr’s winning goal came while the Clippers enjoyed another man advantage.

Anders Overhaug, Ian Edgecomb and Christian Henry also scored goal for Yarmouth (7-3).

Cam Loiselle had a goal for the Red Storm (9-1).

“This (win) is really important for us,” Yarmouth Coach David Pearl said. “We were down after we lost the NYA game (8-6 on Wednesday). We felt like we dominated that game, and it was taken from us. We just didn’t play our best.”

“We just had to turn right around and come down here to Scarborough and play a very, very good team on their own field, and it makes us feel good as we head into the latter part of the season where every game seems to be getting hard and harder.”

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