Emily Field insisted her Scarborough girls’ lacrosse team would be improved this spring.

That’s proving to be an understatement.

The Red Storm haven’t just improved. So far, they’re perfect.

Thursday afternoon at a rainy Boulos Stadium, Scarborough got seven goals from Natalie Bilodeau and three from Paige Spooner as it improved to 3-0 with a 14-4 victory at Cheverus.

The Red Storm already have surpassed their win total from 2019.

“I really think this has been a long time coming,” said Field, now in her third season as Scarborough coach. “I think we’ve had talent and we’ve played the strongest teams and we did well in those games, but it didn’t show up in the win column. I feel like it’s three years of these girls working together and wanting to be a winning team and it’s finally turned the corner for us.”

Bilodeau set the tone by scoring the first three goals in less than two minutes – two on feeds from Meagan Donovan and the other on a free position.

“We all click really well,” Bilodeau said. “We’ve talked for months about this season, hyping ourselves up. It was our first away game and I wanted to play the best I could. Those early goals got me motivated.”

Bilodeau set up Donovan for a 4-0 lead, but the Stags answered with back-to-back goals from Riley O’Mara, who has paced their offense this season.

“Riley brings such depth to our team,” said first-year Cheverus Coach Sarah Varney. “She’s a fantastic player all over the field providing confidence for our other players.”

Scarborough then got goals from Bilodeau (with goalie Kathleen Murphy getting a rarely seen assist), Spooner, Spooner again and Darby Stolz before O’Mara’s third goal made it 8-3 at halftime.

The Red Storm ended any lingering doubt in the second half, as Stella Grondin, Spooner and Molly Henderson all scored before Bilodeau added two more goals to induce a 10-goal, mercy rule running clock.

“Natalie’s quick and she anticipates well,” Field said. “I think she has a high game IQ. I’m sure she walks around her house with her stick in her hand. She’s honing her skills all the time.”

Then, after O’Mara scored her fourth goal, Bilodeau scored for the seventh time to finish it off.

“It’s been so much fun and it feels so good to be back playing this year,” said Bilodeau. “My freshman year we won one game, but now it’s totally different.”

O’Mara scored all four goals for Cheverus (1-2) and Neve Cawley made nine saves. Murphy finished with six saves for Scarborough.

“We hustled so hard,” said Varney. “I’m really proud of my girls. We came up with ground balls well and we came up with draw controls in the first half.

“Our goal is to have fun this season. We’ve only played three games. We have a whole season in front of us and we’re going to peak at the right time.”


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