YARMOUTH – The Cape Elizabeth boys’ lacrosse team ended the regular season in the right frame of mind Thursday night.

The opportunistic Capers set themselves up for postseason play by cruising to a 13-7 win against Yarmouth.

“We needed a win like that,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Ben Raymond after the Capers completed a sweep of the season’s two games against the Clippers.

“Our offense has been struggling a little bit. We’ve been throwing the ball away a lot. Tonight we did a nice job in between the boxes of getting possessions and picking up ground balls and making really good decisions. That’s the important part. We got our transition going, but not at the expense of throwing the ball away.”

Seven players scored for the Capers.

“Our team played as a team, played as one, and we worked really hard,” said Alex Bornick, who led the Capers with four goals and an assist.

“The majority of our goals were assisted instead of coming off one dodge,” Raymond said. “That’s a big difference for us. When we’re getting our heads up off the dodge and finding the open man, we’re much more effective.”

The Capers (10-2) will be seeded first in the Western Class B tournament and will have a bye in next Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

The Clippers (9-3) failed to gain ground on North Yarmouth Academy for the second seed in the East. They are expected to host No. 6 Oak Hill in a quarterfinal.

On May 4, Yarmouth managed to rally in the second half during a 7-5 loss to the Capers after trailing by four at halftime.

Thursday night, the Capers opened a 5-1 lead, and Yarmouth was unable to pull any closer than 7-4 in the second half.

The difference was the 27 turnovers committed by Yarmouth.

“Guys tried to do too much and the balls were popping out of kids’ sticks,” Yarmouth Coach David Pearl said. “You can’t throw it away against Cape Elizabeth 27 times. They’re going to score, and they did tonight.”

The Clippers won 14 of 23 draws but were unable to maintain control of the ball after a lot of those faceoffs.

“I really felt, like all season, even late in the game that we had a chance to come back,” said Pearl. “We were winning in the faceoff circle, but I really felt we shot ourselves in the foot today.”

Thomas Feenstra scored three goals for the Capers. Griffin Thoreck scored twice, and Cam Wilson, Jake Lynch, Justin Carey and Adam Haversat each added a goal.

Quinn Hatchcock led the Clippers with three goals. Ian Edgecomb followed with two goals. Christian Henry had a goal and an assist, and Joe Oliva also scored.

Gabe McGinn made seven saves for the Capers, who held the Clippers scoreless for a span of 18 minutes, 53 seconds after taking their 5-1 lead into the second half.

Sam Landry made 11 saves for Yarmouth.

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