SCARBOROUGH – While Scarborough coach Marcia Wood expected that her team would have to go through the Kennebunk Rams at some point in the postseason, she certainly didn’t expect Saturday’s result.

After edging the Rams 9-8 in the regular season, the top-ranked Red Storm (13-1) played arguably their best game of the season as they coasted to a 16-6 win on Saturday at Scarborough High School.

The Red Storm hope to continue their hot play as they advance to the Class A West finals, where they will meet the No. 3 Marshwood Hawks on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Scarborough High School. The Red Storm beat the Hawks 11-5 on May 21.

Scarborough spotted the Rams two early goals by Kate Graydon to fall behind early. But it may have been a blessing in disguise as the Red Storm quickly shifted the game’s momentum.

“That was fine, it was early,” Wood said after the game. “I think they got those jitters out and once we went up by one it was like, OK, now we know what we have to do.”

Laura Przybylowicz, who led the way with five goals for the Red Storm, tied the score with back-to-back goals before Mary Scott put the Storm in front to stay with 14:13 left to play in the first half. Przybylowicz would add two more in the first half to help her team take a 9-3 lead into the break.

“We go out there with a lot of confidence,” said Przybylowicz, “I think sometimes it’s good to get knocked down a little bit so we can get some momentum and go for it.”

While Przybylowicz led the Storm in scoring, it was a balanced attack throughout the game as they showed how potent their offense can be. Scott had four goals and three assists while Maggie Smith finished with four goals and an assist.

“I definitely couldn’t have done it without my team,” said Przybylowicz. “We all worked really well together today and saw each other and just went out their and attacked.”

The Red Storm built at 13-3 lead with 16:01 to play in the second half when Przybylowicz collected her fourth of the contest. The Red Storm’s ability to dominate possession for the majority of the game prohibited Kennebunk from scoring for more than 21 minutes between the first and second half before Graydon made it 13-4 at the 13:44 mark of the second.

While Wood doesn’t want to jinx her team moving forward, she couldn’t help but be impressed by her team’s performance.

“If they play like they did during this game I think we’re going to be very hard to beat,” she said.

Scarborough’s Mary Scott slips past a Kennebunk defender during the first half of her team’s 16-6 win. Scott finished with four goals and three assists. (Staff photo by Nate Boroyan)

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