2012-06-22 / Front Page

Girls rally twice to get past Brunswick, 11-9

By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Scaroborough’s girls’ lacrosse team hoists a third straight Class A championship trophy. The scoring was led by seniors Kelsey Howard, Laura Przybylowicz and Mary Scott, who combined for 10 of the 11 Red Storm goals (Michael Kelley photo) Scaroborough’s girls’ lacrosse team hoists a third straight Class A championship trophy. The scoring was led by seniors Kelsey Howard, Laura Przybylowicz and Mary Scott, who combined for 10 of the 11 Red Storm goals (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School’s trophy case is now a little more crowded. On Saturday, June 16, the girls’ lacrosse team beat Brunswick High School 11-9 in a hard battle for the Class A state championship.

Brunswick (14-2) scored the first goal of the game when senior Anne Kelly beat Scarborough goalie Meg Kirsch with 21:15 left in the first half. Scarborough, which finished the season 15-1, answered that goal by scoring four straight goals, two by senior Laura Przybylowicz, one by senior Mary Scott, and one by senior Kelsey Howard.

Brunswick senior’s Suzannah Smith brought Scarborough lead to 4-2 with a goal with 9:36 left to play in the first half. That goal swung the scoring in Brunswick’s direction as junior Dakota Foster connected for a goal with 8:45 remaining. Smith scored her second goal of the game for Brunswick with 7:29 left.


Scarborough junior Avery Pietras (8) tries to cut around Brunswick’s Olivia LeRoy in the Class A girls’ lacrosse state championship last weekend. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough junior Avery Pietras (8) tries to cut around Brunswick’s Olivia LeRoy in the Class A girls’ lacrosse state championship last weekend. (Michael Kelley photo) With less than five minutes remaining in the half, the offensive advantage shifted once again to Scarborough, which scored the next three goals, thanks to Howard at 4:43, Przybylowicz half a minute later at 4:11 and Scott, with 47 second left in the half. Approximately 10 seconds later Kelly scored another goal for Brunswick to end the half with 7-5 score in favor of Scarborough.

Scarborough’s lead, however, would not last for long. Brunswick scored the first three goals of the second half to put Brunswick up 8-7, with 16:28 remaining.

It was a short lead for Brunswick. With 15:52 remaining, Scott tied the score 8-8 with her third goal of the game. Howard collected her third goal of the game with 13:29 remaining in the game. That goal put Scarborough up for good. A minute later, Scott, the team’s leading scorer, scored a goal to put Scarborough up 10-8. Kelly scored Brunswick’s final goal of the game after the team had been held scoreless for almost 10 minutes. Scarborough would add an insurance goal from senior Kat Gadbois with 3:18 left to play.

“We wanted a competitive game. We came out physical in all of our playoff games and knew Brunswick was going to be a challenge. The way Brunswick played, it put pressure on us. To beat that pressure is exciting,” lacrosse coach Marcia Wood said after the game.

Wood said the win was made possible because of all Scarborough’s players, not just Howard, Przybylowicz, Scott and Smith, a group that combined for 10 goals and six assists.

“In a game that is so, so close, every little thing matters,” Wood said. “Whether they scored a goal or not, what everyone did in the game made a difference.”

“It feels great,” Przybylowicz said of the team’s third straight state title. “We stepped up to the challenge. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We had to go out and play our best. Both teams played a tremendous game. It was a great game to play in.”

As a senior, it was Przybylowicz’s last chance to win a state title.

“I wanted to leave it on the field. We had 12 seniors. It was great to win that last title before we left,” she said.

“It’s amazing to win three in a row, I never expected it,” said Scott, who will be studying nursing at the University of New Hampshire in the fall. “We came in knowing it would be a challenge and that it would be a close game. We rose to the occasion and played smart the last 10 minutes.”

“When we get a lead, whether it is one, two, or three goals, we know we have to play smart, get it together, make the passes and not give up,” she added.

The win ends a long season that had its fair share of ups and downs, as well as hard fought wins and blow-out victories.

“There was a lot of pressure on us the entire year,” Scott said. “Last year we had a young team and we were surprised (to win the state championship). We came in this year knowing it was our year. We worked hard. I’ve never been happier.”

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