Cape Elizabeth scored four times in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat Thornton Academy 16-11 in the Class A boys’ lacrosse semifinals on Tuesday evening in Sanford.

The Capers improve to 13-3 and will try to win their fourth straight state championship game on Friday against Falmouth.

Thornton Academy ends the season 12-4

Cape Elizabeth led 7-6 at halftime before scoring five straight goals push its lead to five. Alex van Huystee sparked the charge, scoring three of his six goals.

Thornton Academy pulled with 11-9 before the end of the third, then pulled within one on back-to-back goals by Jake Marcotte. The Capers ended the game with four straight goals.

Tom Hennessey added five goals and Keegan Lathrop had three for Cape Elizabeth.

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Will Edborg had five goals for Thornton Academy. Noah Veroneau added two.

FALMOUTH 14, SCARBOROUGH 1: Evan Yale and Joey Guerrette each scored four goals as the Navigators (15-1) beat the Red Storm (11-6) in a Class A semifinal game in Sanford.

Falmouth advances to play three-time defending Class A champ Cape Elizabeth in the state championship game on Friday. The Navigators beat Cape Elizabeth 11-10 on May 15 to end the Capers’ 32-game winning streak.

Hayden Davis and Ty Garlock each had two goals for Falmouth. Indi Backman and Giovanni Guerrette also scored.

Owen Peterson scored for Scarborough.

YORK 18, BRUNSWICK 3: Junior Quinn Walenton scored four goals and added three assists, helping power the top-seeded Wildcats (15-1) over the fifth-seeded Dragons (9-8) at Hoch Field in Gardiner.

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York, which will play No. 3 Yarmouth in the state final Saturday at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium, has won 14 straight games dating back to an 11-10 loss at Cape Elizabeth on April 22.

Brunswick got two goals from Robert Bowen in the loss, though the Dragons were never within reach after falling behind 5-0 in the first quarter and trailing 9-1 at halftime.

York controlled all facets of the game, winning 20 of 23 face-offs and holding the 36-15 edge in groundballs controlled.

Evan Anastas and Hayden Forbes each added two goals in the win for York, which won last season’s Class B title with a win over first-time state finalist Messalonskee.

YARMOUTH 16, MESSALONSKEE 6: The third-seeded Clippers (13-3) cruised to a win over the second-seeded Eagles (13-3) in Gardiner to earn a state title berth for the fourth time in five seasons.

Eight players scored for Yarmouth, who advances to face No. 1 York in the Class B state championship game on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

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George Brown and Colter Olson both scored three times, while Hakon Yeo, Matt Cain and Ian Minnihan each scored twice for York.

“There’s another game to go, but it’s definitely exciting,” Olson said. “We’re a big ‘What’s the next step?’ kind of team. We know York is going to be the championship game, but we focused in practice on Messalonskee. We knew we had to get past this one.”

With the victory, six-time state champion Yarmouth secured the program’s 16th appearance in a state title game in the 26 years boys lacrosse has been a Maine Principals’ Association offering. Thirteen of the Clippers’ title tries have come in Class B, where they’ve claimed five state championships, the most recent of which came in 2021.

The Wells Warriors celebrate their 13-10 win over the Oak Hill co-op in Tuesday’s Class C boys lacrosse semifinal in Topsham. Dave Bailey/Kennebec Journal

WELLS 13, OAK HILL/MONMOUTH/ST. DOMINIC 10: Connor Whitten scored seven goals as the third-seeded Warriors (13-3) beat the second-seeded Raiders (10-6) in Topsham.

The Warriors will play Maranacook/Winthrop in the Class C state championship game on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Wells goalie Carter Austin made nine saves, while Oak Hill’s Owen Welsh had eight.

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MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 10, MORSE 9: Freshman Jacob Lyons scored 1:10 into overtime as the top-seeded Black Bears (15-1) beat the fourth-seeded Shipbuilders (9-7) in a Class C semifinal in Topsham.

Maranacook/Winthrop will face No. 3 Wells in the state championship game on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Morse goalie Michael Martin made 28 saves.

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North Yarmouth Academy’s Cami Casserly, right, and Isabelle Hinkley are all smiles after their win against Buckfield in Tuesday’s Class D South regional final at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 2, BUCKFIELD 1: Hayden Wienckowski hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the top-seeded Panthers (18-1) past the second-seeded Bucks (17-2) in the Class D South final in Standish.

The defending Class D state champion Panthers (18-1) will face D North champ Penobscot Valley (15-2) in the Class D final Saturday (4 p.m.) at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

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Kailyn McIntyre singled to lead off the seventh and scored and Wienckowski’s single landed fair down the right-field line. McIntyre also scored in the first inning. She led off with a walk, stole second and third and scored on a single by Jordan Nash.

“We used our speed, and we were going, we were stealing,” NYA Coach Ricky Doyon said. “We weren’t going to sit back because we knew we had to get runners around.”

Buckfield tied it in the top of the third when Brittany Carrier doubled and scored on a throwing error.

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SACOPEE VALLEY 6, MONMOUTH ACADEMY 1: James Ritter allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings as the second-seeded Hawks (15-4) beat the top-ranked Mustangs (17-2) in the Class C South final in Gorham.

Sacopee Valley advances to the Class C state title game and will face North champion Bucksport on Saturday in Orono.

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Ritter struck out four and walked four, using an array of off-speed pitches to keep Monmouth hitters off balance.

“We just couldn’t decide (on who to start) until about noontime on my starting pitcher,” said Sacopee Valley Coach Jamie Stacey said. “(Dylan) Capano has kind of been my ace all year. My first instinct was to go with Capano. Then, at noontime, I just had a gut instinct. Ritter entered my mind, and I went, ‘I’m going with Ritter.’ He has a better breaking ball and will keep (Monmouth) off balance.”

Ritter was backed by a strong Sacopee Valley lineup. Brady Metcalf went 2 for 4 at the plate, including a double, and had two RBI. Shortstop Caleb Vacchiano had two hits, including a double. Third baseman and leadoff hitter Keegan Thibodeau scored three runs.

– Travis Barrett, Dave Dyer and David Bailey of the Kennebec Journal and Nathan Fournier of the Sun Journal contributed to this report.

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