2016-06-24 / Front Page

Storm scores early and often, wins title

For Scarborough boys’ lacrosse, it’s the fifth Class A championship in seven years
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Members of the Scarborough High School boys’ lacrosse team crowd around the Class A championship trophy after beating Brunswick, the defending state champion, 18-10. It is the fifth time Scarborough has been crowned champion since 2010. (Michael Kelley photos) Members of the Scarborough High School boys’ lacrosse team crowd around the Class A championship trophy after beating Brunswick, the defending state champion, 18-10. It is the fifth time Scarborough has been crowned champion since 2010. (Michael Kelley photos) PORTLAND — The Scarborough boys’ lacrosse players knew they had a good chance of winning this year’s Class A title if they scored early and often. They did both on Saturday, June 18, during their matchup against Brunswick High School (12-3) at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Red Storm cruised to an 18-10 win over the Dragons to win its first championship since 2013, but fifth in the last seven years.

“The game plan was to attack as often as possible and not give them a chance to get comfortable on defense,” said head coach Joe Hezlep.

Scarborough (12-3) got the scoring started less than a minute into the game when junior attack Sam Neugebauer beat Brunswick goalie Logan Ouellette. Brunswick quickly answered 30 seconds later when sophomore Max Gramins beat Scarborough goalie Dominic Joy with the first of his three goals.


Scarborough attack Sam Neugebauer tries to advance past Brunswick defender Andrew Cilea seconds before he beat Brunswick goalie Logan Ouellette for Scarbrorough’s first goal of the state title game. Scarborough would score 17 more on its way to an 18-10 win. Scarborough attack Sam Neugebauer tries to advance past Brunswick defender Andrew Cilea seconds before he beat Brunswick goalie Logan Ouellette for Scarbrorough’s first goal of the state title game. Scarborough would score 17 more on its way to an 18-10 win. After a goal from Scarborough junior attack Cam Thibeault with 9:48 to go and a rebuttal with 7:30 to play by Brunswick senior Jameson Cyr, Scarborough senior midfield Cam Nigro broke the 2-2 tie halfway through the first quarter, putting Scarborough up 3-2.

The Red Storm was up for good at that point and with two more goals by Thibeault closed the first quarter with a 5-2 lead.

Scarborough scored four of the next five goals, thanks to two by sophomore attack Marco Manfra and one apiece from junior attack Marc Guerette and Neugebauer. Goals by Gramins and Brunswick freshman Aiden Glover cut the Scarborough lead down to 9-5. Neugebauer scored off a pass from Nigro in the closing seconds and Scarborough went into halftime with a 10-5 lead.


Brunswick’s Owen Sturgeon keeps a close tab on Scarborough attack Cam Thibeault (10) as he looks for an open teammate during one of Scarborough’s first quarter scoring drives. Thibeault scored four of Scarborough’s 18 goals in the game. (Michael Kelley photo) Brunswick’s Owen Sturgeon keeps a close tab on Scarborough attack Cam Thibeault (10) as he looks for an open teammate during one of Scarborough’s first quarter scoring drives. Thibeault scored four of Scarborough’s 18 goals in the game. (Michael Kelley photo) Gramins scored again with 10:55 to play in the third quarter to bring Brunswick’s deficit to 10-6. It was the closest the game would be the rest of the way. Scarborough responded with four straight goals by Manfra, Thibeault, Guerette and freshman midfielder Andrew Granzier. Glover scored with 2:10 to play for Brunswick before Guerette tallied in the quarter’s final minute, extending Scarborough’s lead to 15-7.


Scarborough goalie Dominic Joy shouts encouragement to his defense during the second quarter of the Class A state title game Saturday, June 18 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. (Michael Kelley photos) Scarborough goalie Dominic Joy shouts encouragement to his defense during the second quarter of the Class A state title game Saturday, June 18 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. (Michael Kelley photos) Although up by eight goals, Hezlep reminded his team at the close of the third quarter that the state title had not been achieved yet.

“Play hard. Let’s finish this thing off,” he told his players.

Once again Scarborough got on the board quickly. Manfra scored his fourth and final goal 42 seconds into the fourth quarter and after back-to-back Brunswick goals by junior Josh Dorr and sophomore Ben Palizay, Neugebauer scored with 6:53 to go to give Scarborough a 17-9 lead. Cyr scored his second goal just prior to the quarter’s halfway mark, which was answered a little more than a minute later by another Nigro tally.

Manfra, Neugebauer and Thibeault finished with four goals, while Guerette chipped in three, Nigro tallied two and Granzier got on the scoring board with one.

“We came in with a good game plan. We knew what we had to do. We stuck to our roots and played tough defense and tried to limit the number of scoring chances,” said Joy, who started goaltending freshmen year after playing the midfield position in middle school.

While the defense, which Joy said included some young and talented players who got better as the season went on, came up big, so too did the offense.

“We knew we had some pretty good offensive weapons that could beat Brunswick one on one,” he said.

Senior midfield Cam Jepson said another key to the game was maintaining pos- session and taking advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.


Scarborough defender Eric Murray looks to stop Brunswick’s Aiden Glover during the Red Storm’s 18-10 victory. Scarborough defender Eric Murray looks to stop Brunswick’s Aiden Glover during the Red Storm’s 18-10 victory. “We didn’t try to rush anything,” said Jepson, who will pursue a degree in pre-medicine from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. “We just played our game.”

Senior defender Wyatt Tanner said he knew Scarborough would be in for a battle with Brunswick, which beat Scarborough 7-4 in a preseason scrimmage and was the defending Class A champion. This was the third straight year Brunswick had played in the championship game. Brunswick outscored its opponents this year 206 to 124, while Scarborough scored 193 goals and gave up 121.

“We knew we had to come out and play hard,” said Tanner, who will be heading to Maine Maritime Academy in the fall, where he hopes to continue playing lacrosse.

Next year’s team, which is losing seven seniors, will be well suited for a repeat bid. In fact 16 of Scarborough’s 18 goals in the state championship game were scored by players who will be returning next year.

“We have a lot of young talent that’s come up big for us this year,” Jepson said.

That group could play an equally important role in Scarborough’s subsequent Class A title bids.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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