2012-06-22 / Front Page

Boys down Cheverus for third straight crown

By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Senior Jeff Oddy (18) surprises Scarborough boys’ lacrosse coach Joe Hezlep with a shower of water in celebration of the team’s 9-4 state title victory over Cheverus High School as sophomore Andrew Farrington (15) runs to celebrate the victory with his teammates. (Michael Kelley photo) Senior Jeff Oddy (18) surprises Scarborough boys’ lacrosse coach Joe Hezlep with a shower of water in celebration of the team’s 9-4 state title victory over Cheverus High School as sophomore Andrew Farrington (15) runs to celebrate the victory with his teammates. (Michael Kelley photo) Sometimes all you need is a little motivation to turn a game around. After finding themselves with a one goal lead over Cheverus High School with half the Class A state championship game left to play, the Scarborough High School lacrosse team scored five straight goals in the second half to cruise to a 9-4 win. It was the team’s third state championship in as many years.

Scarborough, 14-1, which beat Thornton Academy and Kennebunk High School to reach the title game, ended the first half of the game with 4-3 lead over Cheverus, which finished the season 11-5 in Eastern Class A.

The first half of the game was a back-andforth battle between two of the top teams in Class A.


Cheverus’ Andrew MacGillivray looks looks for a teammate as Scarborough defender Jeff Oddy tries to stop the offensive attack. (Michael Kelley photo) Cheverus’ Andrew MacGillivray looks looks for a teammate as Scarborough defender Jeff Oddy tries to stop the offensive attack. (Michael Kelley photo) Cheverus got out to an early lead in the first quarter when junior Brent Green beat Scarborough goalie David Pearson with a shot with 9:56 left in the first quarter. It didn’t take long for Scarborough to erase that lead. With 9:19 left in the quarter, senior John Blaisdell scored Scarborough’s first goal, thanks to a pass from fellow senior Andrew Jones. Scarborough finished the quarter up 2-1 after senior Ryan Pallotta scored an unassisted goal with 2:30 to play.

The lead grew three minutes into the second quarter when senior John Wheeler, the team’s regular season scoring leader, scored a goal. Cheverus answered that goal with 3:08 to play when senior Tommy Sullivan put the ball into the net to bring the score to 3-2.

Pallotta scored his second goal of the game with a minute to play to give Scarborough a 4-2 lead. It looked like the first half would end that way, but Cheverus narrowed the lead to one goal when freshman Tom Lawson scored with half a second to go in the half.

The teams broke for halftime, with Scarborough meeting behind one of the goals and Cheverus in a tent just outside the playing field.

“They don’t give these things away. That’s what makes them special,” Hezlep said in his halftime speech to his team.

That was all the Red Storm had to hear. Scarborough came into the second half determined to win and got the second half scoring off to a start when Wheeler scored his second goal of the game with 10:27 to play in the third quarter. The goals kept on coming for Scarborough. Pallotta scored two more times in the third quarter and again with 9:03 left in the game. While Pallotta went on the scoring spree, which brought Scarborough’s lead to 9- 3, the Red Storm shut down the Cheverus offense for a quarter and a half until junior Jack Sutton scored a goal while two Scarborough players were out for penalties.

Hezlep said Pallotta, with his five goals and one assist, was the key in the game.

“Ryan Pallotta had five goals. For him to step up and have a great game in the biggest game we have played this season was huge. If he hadn’t, the game might have ended in a different way,” Hezlep said.

After the game Pallotta, who will be going to Southern Maine Community College in the fall, said the win was tough to put into words.

“I am ecstatic. I am so happy right now. The team had been preparing for this and came out hard and got it done. The key to the game was ball movement and the offense taking opportunities when we had them,” Pallotta said.

Wheeler said he and his teammates knew they had to play their best to beat Cheverus.

“Cheverus has a very solid defense. We knew that coming in here,” Wheeler said.

Junior Nate McLellan, a defenseman, said the win was a good way to end a productive season.

“Our offense really showed how they improved over the season. In the second half of the game we really put the pedal to the metal. Our defense really stepped up and David (Pearson) couldn’t have played any better,” McLellan said.

McLellan said he would love to continue the success and have an opportunity to raise the championship trophy his senior year as well.

“We need to come out next year with the same intensity. You have to have the same passion in your stomach,” he said.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at 282-4337, ext. 237.

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