SCARBOROUGH – The top-ranked Red Storm never looked back after Andrew Farrington scored their first goal of the day against five-seed Marshwood early in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal matchup, and by the final horn had built a commanding 14-2 lead.

The Red Storm improve to 12-1 on the season, and move on to the Class A West finals versus No. 3 Kennebunk, a battle scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, after The Current’s deadline. Marshwood closes their year 8-6.

“We came out and executed on a lot of levels today,” Scarborough head coach Joe Hezlep said, after the game. “We had good faceoffs; we played really well on the defensive end; our goalie played terrific, as always; and on the offensive end, we were able to connect a lot of passes together and really make it tough for them to come out and pressure the ball.”

Scarborough had piled on five goals, including two star John Wheeler, before the Hawks could find a way to respond. And the Red Storm piled on four more before Marshwood could answer a second time.

Going into the final quarter, the score at 12-2, Scarborough could’ve relaxed a little. They didn’t, however, and instead played hard until the horn sounded. Nate Howard notched two more goals for the Red Storm in the last 12 minutes, setting the final tally at 14-2 in his team’s favor.

Howard had three in the contest, while Wheeler, Jurien Garrison, and Cam Loiselle each had two. Farrington had one, as did Matt Murphy, Christian Neelon, Dalton Finley, and Austin Doody.

“Honestly, everyone played really well today,” Hezlep said, before highlighting the accomplishments of numerous athletes. “Austin Doody and Nate Howard in the faceoffs played really well, Drew Farrington stepped up – we lost Chris Cyr, one of our starting middies – Drew stepped up in the left-handed midfield role and played excellent. Jurien Garrison had a couple great goals today. And Dalton Finley is playing on both ends of the field, offensively and defensively, and he had an excellent game today.”

Looking forward to Scarborough’s matchup in the finals against Kennebunk, Hezlep said his squad will look to sharpen skills they already have. “We’re going to just try to do the things we do, better. Make sure we’re playing whistle ready, and connecting passes together to get good looks.”

Scarborough’s Christian Neelon looks for the pass against Marshwood Saturday afternoon. The Red Storm crushed the Hawks, 14-2.
Red Storm Dalton Finley carries the ball against Marshwood.
Scarborough’s Anthony Quintiliani at halftime.
John Wheeler of the Red Storm puts himself between the ball and a Marshwood opponent.
Scarborough’s Matt Murphy looks to dish the ball before a Hawks defender gets to him.

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