RUMFORD – Lewiston coach Don Jalbert finally saw his girls’ lacrosse team’s offense finally come around Saturday.
Left attack wing Mallory Long scored five goals and Kelsey Rodrigue netted a hat trick as the Blue Devils cruised to a 13-4 win against Mountain Valley at Hosmer Field.
Mountain Valley (0-8) was simply unable to offset the strong passing game that rolled though the offensive zone. No contact is allowed in a girls’ lacrosse game, so the action tends to be more open. The Blue Devils were able to exploit the Falcons’ defense.
“We moved the ball around, and that was nice to see,” Jalbert said. “Mallory and Kelsey each scored lot of goals, and that’s not always good to rely on, but I wanted the girls to spread the field out and get others involved. It worked because Lea (Chouinard) scored a couple goals.”
The game was stopped with 6:30 left to play because some fans were shouting remarks and refused to leave. Mountain Valley athletic director John Bernard attempted to disperse the crowd, but the referee still ended the game
The Falcons actually drew first blood, on a goal by Amber Billings two minutes in to the game. Mountain Valley’s advantage as quickly erased as Lewiston (4-5) scored seven-unanswered goals in 15 minutes. Long flicked two wrist shots past Falcon junior goalie Rachel Calden (nine saves), in 45 seconds. Steph Belanger (two goals) intercepted a pass and fired an over-hand shot in the net. The Falcons failed to clear loose balls out of the zone, and defenders Angela Brown, Cassie Brown and Caitlin O’Connell were unable to stem the tide.
“We did OK with a zone,” Falcon coach Rick White said. “Unfortunately, that didn’t last, and once the girls went man-to-man, Lewiston as able to pick us apart.”
Rodrigue scored two goals, with 30 seconds. The Blue Devils ability to strike quickly forced the Falcons to keep back pedaling.
“Our passing game was good,” Jalbert said. “We were patient, and it allowed us to spread the field. Our ground game still needs work.”
Freshman Brittany Coulombe scored from seven feet away past Lewiston goalie Mary Leblanc to trail 7-2.
“Our goalies were retreating,” White said. “This allowed Lewiston to have a bigger area to shoot at. If our defense tightens up, I think the offense will come. We’ve still got three games left to work things out.”
Long scored with 5.5 seconds left to give Lewiston an 8-2 lead at halftime.
The Falcons picked up the pace, and Kerri Patneaude and Tanya LaCroix each scored goals in the second half.