LEWISTON — It was an exclamation point on an already successful regular season for the Lewiston boys’ lacrosse team.
The Blue Devils finished the first portion of their campaign Saturday with the regular-season finale against Edward Little. Lewiston chalked up its eighth win in a row with a 15-1 victory.
“I’m very proud of this team,” said Lewiston coach Bill Bodwell, whose club finished the regular season 11-1 and have the KVAC championship game next Thursday. “They’ve worked hard. They’ve become smart lacrosse players. They’ve put us in good position, and hopefully, it gets us the first seed in the playoffs.”
Curtis Robinson led Lewiston with four goals and two assists. Elliot Chicoine scored a goal and set up three others. Ryan Lemelin, Matt Melanson, Evan Carrier and Caleb Leino all added a pair of goals for the Blue Devils.
“We’re in a good position,” said Robinson. “I don’t know if we’ll finish first or second in the division. We’ll have a home game to start, and that will be nice to have. We feel like we’re right at the top of our game, and we should be able to continue that.”
EL (2-9) got its lone goal from Travis Landry on an assist from Cory Morin.
“We just came out and tried to play the best lacrosse we could play,” said EL coach Andy MacIsaac. “We wanted to find other ways to define a win for us, personally and as a team.”
Lewiston was playing without two top players on the defensive end. Goalie Jesse Leeman and defender Cody Dussault were both out of town, but the offense helped fill that void.
“We were a little nervous because our two captains were in Maryland for the Division I NCAA Championships,” said Bodwell, who got a strong game in goal from Tom Lepage. “Tommy is in his second year. He did a great job. He’s played all the JV games and played some varsity games. He spends a lot of time playing lacrosse.”
Lepage finished with 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Lewiston outshot EL 13-5 in the first quarter and built a quick 6-0 lead.
“We passed really well,” said Robinson. “We kept it together really well as a team and worked really well. We were missing two key players. We just had our guys step up to the plate. We knew it would be bad if we came out flat, but we came out strong.”
After goals by Chris Rancourt and Lemelin, Robinson scored four straight to put Lewiston in command, 6-0, in the first.
“We found our feeders and were hitting the open guys and getting our open shots,” said Robinson.
Chicoine, Brandon Tiner and Lemelin all scored to make it 9-0 early in the second. EL’s lone goal came from Landry on the right side with 3:35 left in the half. The Blue Devils got scores from Melanson and Carrier to make it 11-1 at the half.
Carrier, Melanson and Leino completed the scoring in the second half. Lewiston possessed the ball and ran the clock, but EL continued to battle.
“Our goal was for everybody to play the best game they’ve ever played and hustle from the first whistle to the last whistle,” said MacIsaac. “We wanted to have fun playing lacrosse regardless of what the score was. I think we met those goals.”
Bodwell credits the leadership and experience of his seniors and a good core of athletes who have put the Blue Devils in good shape for the playoffs.
“We really have good players in every position,” said Bodwell. “We’re loaded in Class A East this year. So every game in the playoffs is going to be a dogfight.”