WINDHAM — For the Windham High girls’ lacrosse team, the difference a year can make has been on display all season.

That was certainly the case again Thursday night as the Eagles dispatched Deering 17-2 to remain unbeaten.

“Last year, we were a younger team, so it was harder for a lot of people to step up and be confident with the ball on their stick,” said senior Mya Mannette. “This year we have more people who are confident.”

The result has been a well-rounded offensive attack, which was evident as 10 players scored goals for Windham.

“We’ve played five games, and every game we’ve had seven or more scorers,” said Windham Coach Matt Perkins. “And that’s kind of been our M.O., where it’s like ‘let’s not get hung up with one person doing all of the scoring, we’ve got to distribute.’ We’re tougher to defend and better if we’ve got everybody scoring.

Paced by five goals from Mannette, who also anchored the defense with nine ground balls, Windham raced out to an early 6-0 lead. The Eagles were up 9-1 at halftime.

“Our transition is really good down the field, and when we set up our offense like we did today, it’s easier for us to get everyone involved because we have cutters getting open,” said Mannette. “Our offense is good because we can pass the ball around well.”

“We’re really getting there,” added Perkins. “Our spacing is getting better and our timing is getting better. We feel like we’ve got a good bench and some good depth and that showed through today.”

The goals continued to pour in after the break, with the Eagles adding four more in the first 4:26 of the second half.

Maddie Beem finished with three goals, Eliza Palow chipped in with a pair, and Alanna Joyce, Kaitlyn Roberts, Belle Skvorak, Lyndsey Arsenault, Ashley Cummings, Lauren Black and Morgan Colangelo had a goal apiece for the nearly impossible-to-stop Eagles’ attack.

“We’ve been on the other side of that and it’s tough,” said Perkins. “Massabesic and Marshwood, they’re teams that are like that, that do a really good job of having more than one scorer. You have to worry about a lot of them, and it keeps a defense from being able to key on any option.”

The offense, which controlled much of the play, was set up for success by an impressive defensive effort that saw Deering register just three shots on goal.

“Defensively, we stopped their running game,” said Perkins. “They’re really fast, and get up and down the field. We did a good job pinching and making them set up. We feel good about our defense, and when teams set up, we feel we can do a job playing them that way.”

The Eagles have held four of their first five opponents to five goals or less.

For Deering (2-4), freshman Kiaya Gatchell scored both goals and Divine M’Bambi turned away 12 shots.

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