SCARBOROUGH – Top-seeded Scarborough played one of its most complete games of the season Wednesday to capture its third consecutive Western Class A girls’ lacrosse championship.

The two-time defending state champions thoroughly dominated third-ranked Marshwood and cruised to a 13-3 victory at the Mitchell Sports Complex.

The Red Storm will play the winner of today’s Cheverus-Brunswick game for the state title at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

“We had to come in, play our game and work together,” said Mary Scott, a senior middie who had four goals and three assists. “It starts in the circle, but we had to be ready on both offense and defense, and I think we all pulled it together.”

Less than a month ago, the Red Storm outscored the Hawks 5-1 in the final eight minutes to secure an 11-5 victory in a Southern Maine Activities Association game at South Berwick.

This game was nowhere near that close. Scarborough built an 8-0 lead in the first 35 minutes.

“They ran their transition really well,” Marshwood Coach Bernie Martin said. “They’re really all over us with that. We were trying to figure out ways to defeat that, but we have a bit of trouble holding onto the ball and they took advantage of that.”

The Red Storm forced Marshwood to turn the ball over 18 times while committing only six turnovers themselves.

“Our defense is really strong,” said Kelsey Howard, a senior middie who had three goals and an assist. “They’re always talking. They work really well together and they know they have each other’s back. If someone gets slightly out of place, they know someone else is there.”

“It’s very important that everyone marks up and marks up strong,” Scarborough Coach Marcia Wood said. “I think we caused a lot of turnovers, how tight we were marking.”

Marshwood, limited to two shots in the first half, broke through when Jillian Gori bounced in a free-position shot 8:46 into the second half. Korinne Bohunsky and Alli Schoff scored in the next two minutes as the Hawks (11-4) made it 8-3.

“Basically I insisted they get moving,” Marvin said. “They were playing nervous and I don’t blame them. They got excited about playing and they started moving the ball.”

But the Red Storm (13-1) then scored five goals in eight minutes.

Laura Przybylowicz had five goals for the Storm, who held a 27-6 edge in shots. Avery Pietras added a goal.

“My kids had fun and they’re glad to be here,” Marvin said, “but they can see definitely what they need to work on, and that’s finishing.” 

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