2014-02-21 / Front Page

We Are the Champions!

Red Storm cap perfect season with a state title
By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Hard work, solid defense and the offensive prowess of freshman Elizabeth Gross was a recipe for success for the Scarborough girls’ hockey team last Saturday as it won its first Class A title by beating Lewiston High School 3-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. 
(Photo courtesy of Claudia Murray) Hard work, solid defense and the offensive prowess of freshman Elizabeth Gross was a recipe for success for the Scarborough girls’ hockey team last Saturday as it won its first Class A title by beating Lewiston High School 3-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. (Photo courtesy of Claudia Murray) Going into the state championship game, Scarborough High School girls hockey coach Caitlin Cashman knew Lewiston High School fans were going to pack the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to root on their team.

Home ice advantage, however, was not enough for Lewiston as it lost 3-1 to Scarborough Saturday, Feb. 15.

Cashman said she spent time before the game getting her team prepared for the atmosphere of rabid Lewiston Blue Devil hockey fans at the Colisee.

Doing so prepared the team, which is made up of 10 freshmen, for the raucous nature of playoff hockey.

“They took it like any other game. It is easy to get wrapped up into all the chanting and yelling, especially in Lewiston, which is such a hotbed for hockey,” Cashman said.

The win capped a perfect 21-0 season for Scarborough, while dropping Lewiston to 16-5.

Last Saturday’s state championship was the third time Scarborough has faced Lewiston this season. The Red Storm beat the Blue Devils 3-0 on Dec. 30 and 2-0 on Jan. 20.

“We knew they were a good team, really aggressive, but very disciplined. We wanted to take it shift by shift and play by play and play Scarborough hockey,” Cashman said.

Freshman Elizabeth Gross got the scoring off to a start with a goal 4:06 into the first period. Gross followed up that goal, which was assisted by Jenna Block, with another one in the closing minutes of the period when she took a pass from Sami Shoebottom and beat Lewiston goalie Paige Fontaine.

“She scored two quick goals in the first period and you could see from the bench it reduced a little bit of anxiety,” Cashman said.

Cashman said she has been impressed with Gross’s play all season long.

“She has been able to do this all season. It’s been pretty impressive,” Cashman said.

Cashman said Gross, despite being only 15 years old, has had a tremendous impact on her teammates.

“Lizzie Gross is one of those players you can tell has fun on the ice,” Cashman said. “She just loves the game. She just loves to play and loves her team. It gets (the other players) amped up, jacked up to play. She brings a really positive energy. It is contagious.”

Lewiston was able to get on the board in the opening minutes of the third period when Corinne Laberge scored a power play goal with 10 minutes to go in the game.

That proved to be a shot in the arm for Lewiston’s offense.

“I called a timeout to settle my girls down and take away Lewiston’s momentum,” Cashman said.

Hoping to get that momentum back and notch the game tying goal by adding another skater on the ice, Lewiston pulled its goalie with less than a minute to go in the game. Gross, however, got her third goal of the game by depositing the puck in the empty net, crushing Lewiston’s hope for a comeback and ensuring Scarborough’s first girls’ hockey title.

Cashman said she knew in order to win, Scarborough needed to play strong defense, force Lewiston to the outside and keep its offensive attack away from the front of Scarborough goalie Devan Kane.

“Our defense did a nice job doing that and played tough in front of Devan,” Cashman said.

The score might have been vastly different had it not been for the Kane, who stopped 19 of Lewiston’s 20 shots on goal.

“Devan has such a strong mental game,” Cashman said. “When you have a goalie with a really strong mental game, it really resonates with the entire team, which is important to us because we have a young team.”

Cashman said her players knew when thy made a mistake, especially in the defensive zone, “Devan had their back.” Kane, a senior, will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall on a hockey scholarship.

The state championship, the first in the program’s history, was a welcomed one for Cashman.

“This has been a five-year process. The girls have worked hard. We have had some heartbreak, losing in the first round three years in a row. Last year we broke what we called the curse, only to lose to Greely in states,” Cashman said. “I told them ‘It is up to you 20 girls to get the job done.’ They wanted it bad.”

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