Thornton Academy’s Paige LeBlanc looks to pass. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

Thornton Academy’s Paige LeBlanc looks to pass. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — With a whirlwind of scoring and a showing of staunch defense, the Thornton Academy girl’s lacrosse team handed Biddeford its first defeat of the season, defeating the Tigers by a score of 14-3.

Biddeford came into the matchup with a 7-0 record, while the Trojans entered the contest 6-2. Both teams have dominated offensively this season, but the Thornton squad has undeniably had the tougher schedule, facing heavyweight teams like Gorham and Scarborough.

“Coming into this game the girls had heard about how good Biddeford is, and so they came into the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulder,” said TA head coach Craig Agreste. “But I told them ‘lets play our game,’ and I think we did that. In fairness we have seen better competition with a tougher schedule, so that definitely played in our favor. But we have a nice streak going right now and we want to keep that going.”

Both teams notched a goal apiece within the opening two minutes, but following that the Trojans went on a scoring spree, putting away six unanswered goals in the first half. Biddeford answered with a goal of their own before halftime, but by the halftime horn the score sat at 7-2.

The second half saw more of the same domination as the Trojans scored an additional seven unanswered goals though almost the entire half, until the Tigers slid another goal past the Thornton goalie with a minute left in the game to bring the score to 14-3.

“This is a game of possession, possession is key,” said Biddeford head coach Caitlin Albert after the game. “So I told them we need to play smarter, not harder, and if we make smart decisions we will have possession more often.”

“It’s important to have games like this, especially when you’re undefeated,” Albert said. “It’s puts you back in your spot.”

TA’s Paige LeBlanc led the Trojans with four goals while Taylor Ouellette added three. Paige Laverriere, Peyton McKeown and Serena Speight each had a score for the Tigers.

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