KENTS HILL — Freshman Henry Farnham wanted to follow his coach’s instructions. He really did.

But sometimes a player has to think on his feet and because Farnham did just that, North Yarmouth Academy is in the Eastern Class B boys’ lacrosse final with an 11-7 victory against Maranacook/Winthrop.

Farnham scored four goals, including two momentum-changers in the final 4:15 as the fourth-seeded Panthers (6-8) knocked off top-ranked Maranacook/Winthrop (11-3).

NYA will play at Yarmouth or Gardiner, who meet Saturday, in the regional final Wednesday.

“Both of those (late goals) were kind of empty nets,” Farnham said. “Coach (Peter Gerrity) told us to not score, to try to possess the ball instead. But I almost had no choice but to score.”

“That was nice of him to contribute like that offensively today,” Gerrity said. “He’s been playing hard all year, but that was a lot of goals today, which is perfect timing.”

Trevor Lachance totaled five goals for NYA. Kyle Morand, Denver Cram and James Canwell scored twice apiece for the Hawks.

Turnovers and penalties plagued Maranacook/Winthrop.Trailing 8-4, it was a man down for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter due to an illegal stick. NYA didn’t score but burned valuable time to sustain momentum until Lachance scored off a nice feed from Jake Rasch to make it a five-goal cushion with 7:58 left.

“We just couldn’t get things together,” Coach Zach Stewart said. “We’d get a little bit of momentum and then we’d go back to throwing passes away and not riding. It hurts because the things that we’ve done so well all season, we didn’t do well today.”

The Hawks pulled within 9-7 by scoring three goals in 45 seconds – prompting NYA to go into a possession game.

But Farnham scored with 4:15 left and the Hawks picked up a tripping penalty that helped lead to Farnham’s final goal with 2:30 remaining.

“We played one of our best games of the year,” Gerrity said. “We haven’t been putting together four straight quarters of quality lacrosse. We’ll take a quarter off and fall asleep for a little bit. But they came to play the whole game today.”