FREEPORT — Four days after absorbing its most-lopsided loss of the season, the Greely boys’ lacrosse team got a big confidence boost Saturday morning.

The Rangers played well in all phases of the game and rolled to an 11-3 win against Freeport, rebounding from a 13-1 drubbing by Cape Elizabeth, the top-ranked team in Western Class B.

“This is a real booster for us,” said Mitchell Mullin, a senior attackman who scored four goals. “The loss to Cape was tough for us mentally, so this was a good rebound game for us. It builds our confidence back up.”

“We really needed to recover,” Greely Coach Mike Storey said. “We’re getting close to playoff time now, and we needed to pick things up after our performance at Cape.”

The Rangers (6-3) dominated from start to finish.

“They just really moved the ball well,” Freeport Coach Geoff Arris said. “I think they were little bit more relaxed. They came into this game with their heads up. They were just ready to go, and we were a little hesitant with our passing and catching.”

Perhaps the biggest improvement for Greely came on defense.

“They played out well,” Arris said. “They came out after us, and they blocked off our adjacents.”

Said Story: “We’ve been really working on putting some pressure on the hands (of our opponents) and improving our communication out there, making sure our first, second and third (defensive) slides are all in place. That really has been our focus this week.”

Greely opened a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and led 6-1 at halftime.

“It’s good to get back out here and play well,” Storey said. “We obviously had a tough outing against Cape, where we got away from playing the way we want to play.”

“We got the ball moving pretty well today,” Mullin said, “and the defense did a great job.”

Gabe Belisle contributed two goals and an assist for the Rangers. Sam Peck and Dillon Trelegan also scored twice, Tim Coyle added a goal, and Ryan Sullivan had an assist.

Sam Wogan, Nate Thomas and Brady LaFrance scored for the Falcons (5-5). Ramsey Dodge had an assist.

“We need to move the ball a little better,” Arris said. “Hopefully, moving into out next game we will be able to do that.”

Greely held a 47-21 edge in shots, but Mullin admitted that the Rangers have room for improvement when it comes to accuracy.

“We just need to find the net a little more, do some shooting drills in practice and get some things under control,” said Mullin.

The Rangers received solid performances from goalies Dylan Sinclair and Nick Gauvin. Sinclair, a junior who played the first half, stopped four of five shots. Gauvin, a freshman, made six saves on eight shots in the second half.

Freeport goalie Zac Wogan had 10 saves.


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