They started off with a bang and ended with a bang.
The seeded Waynflete boys left no doubt Saturday afternoon in the Class C Lacrosse State Championship game with a 17-5 win over Oak Hill / Monmouth / Lisbon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
Sam Whipple scored four of his five first-half goals as the Flyers (14-1) took a 9-0 lead and were never seriously threatened en route to their second State title in three years.
“We like to play our tough schedule and they don’t have that same luxury,” Waynflete senior defenseman Ben Adey said of the undefeated Raiders (13-1). “We knew that if we came out strong and scored quick goals, they had never faced this adversity before.”
It was Adey, a defenseman, who put the icing on the cake in the last minute, scoring the first goal of his career by finishing a textbook with his classmate Ned Lane. The victory also marked the ninth tag team title in Adey’s illustrious athletic career. Since his freshman winter, his alpine skiing (three), tennis (three), soccer (two) and lacrosse (one) seasons have each ended with a championship.
âI saw him cut in the crease,â Lane said, âand I wanted him to score a goal.â
Adey was one of nine Flyers to score. Lane has scored three goals, Harry Millspaugh and Seth Cloutier two each and Owen Anderson, Nils Burton-Johanson, Roan Hopkins, Nico Kirby each have one.
âWe don’t have pressure on just one person,â Whipple said. âWe can share the ball and count on our teammates. Anyone can put it at the back of the net.
Millspaugh messed up a few times earlier and then spent much of the rest of the game building up teammates. He finished with five assists. He said he recently stretched the net with his stick and understood within minutes that he would be more effective as a passer than a shooter.
âThe guys were opening up and I found them, and they were getting goals,â he said, âso I thought why not keep hitting them.â
Defensively, Adey and sophomore Liam Anderson followed Oak Hill’s most dangerous forwards, Travis Caron and Tiger Hopkins. Mike Veroneau, Jasper Curtis and goaltender Alex Vest (11 saves) did the rest.
Caron and Riley Worth scored for Oak Hill to open the third quarter and close the lead to 9-3, but it was the only time the Raiders, making their first appearance in a state title game, have scored consecutive goals.
“We’re not used to playing in a big game,” Oak Hill coach Joey Hinkley said. âLots of people here. Big city. And it’s hard not to see teams like this in the regular season.
Waynflete’s only flaw this spring came against Class A South finalist Berwick Academy. On Saturday, Whipple struck twice in the first four minutes, sandwiched around a Millspaugh feed at Hopkins for an early 3-0 lead.
âYou hold your breath, just hoping you can get on the board first and have that little slack,â Waynflete coach Andrew Leach said. “And as soon as we did, it continued from there.”
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