Biddeford’s Rebekah Guay looks to make a pass during Tuesday’s game at Scarborough.

Biddeford’s Rebekah Guay looks to make a pass during Tuesday’s game at Scarborough.

SCARBOROUGH — The Biddeford girls lacrosse team opened up the 2016 season with a tough test as the Tigers traveled to Scarborough for a showdown with the Red Storm.

The Tigers battled the Red Storm from beginning to end, but it wasn’t enough as Scarborough picked up an 11-9 win on Tuesday afternoon.

Biddeford was led by Taylor Turgeon with four goals and Missy Huot with two goals. Hailey Allen, Camryn McKeown and Peyton McKeown all added one goal in the loss .

The Red Storm got four goals from Abby Corbin and three from Ellie Smith. Emma Smith and Jamie Sargent scored two goals each in the win.

Scarborough jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game, but the Tigers quickly fought back with two goals to take a 2-1 lead.

The first half would continue to go back-and-forth with Scarborough taking a 6-5 lead into the break.

Biddeford was able to tie the score in the first minute of the second half, but Scarborough would answer with two straight goals to take an 8-6 lead.

The visiting Tigers continued to fight and would eventually tie the game at 8, but once again Scarborough answered to take a 9-8 lead with 10:26 left in the contest.

Scarborough would add two more goals to make the lead 11-8 with time winding down.

The Tigers got back within two when Allen scored with 3:16 left, but the Red Storm were able to run out the clock from there.

Biddeford coach Caitlin Albert, who played lacrosse at Scarborough, was happy with her team’s effort.

“They fought back and like I said, we are only a seventh-year varsity program, so we’ve never played this close against Scarborough,” said Albert. “That was definitely the goal … obviously, winning would be awesome, but we’ve only had three weeks to work on what we need to work on. ”

Albert credits her team’s senior leadership – led by captains Turgeon, Cameron McKeown, Mia LaFlamme and Huot – with keeping the Tigers in the right mindset to keep fighting back.

“We have a lot of good leadership and I think that’s how we got right back (into it),” said Albert.

While Albert was happy with her team’s effort, the coach would have loved to get a win against her alma mater.

“I always say, ‘I want to beat Scarborough, that’s my one (goal).’ Everybody else is like ‘I want to beat TA,’ but I want to beat Scarborough because I know how good they are. I was part of that program and the buildup, and I know we are capable of it,” said Albert, who was part of a Red Storm team that went 11-0 in the regular season.

Albert knew that opening the season against Scarborough was going to be a challenge, but the head coach believes it will help her team down the stretch.

“Like I said, we only had three weeks to prepare for this game, it was supposed to be Memorial Day and they moved it to today … that’s fine, we will play the toughest team first and we’ll see where we have to go,” said Albert.

Biddeford will visit Portland on Monday.

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