Devils ‘stick’ it to Raiders

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WALES – The most perceptible difference Monday between the Lewiston and Oak Hill boys’ lacrosse teams is that the Blue Devils weren’t afraid to make the one, extra pass that separates an easy goal from a near miss.

It’s no wonder, when Lewiston has so much cause for confidence in anyone who’s wielding a stick in the offensive zone. Nine different Blue Devils scored goals, and seven of them chalked up at least one assist, to launch Class A Lewiston to a 23-10 rout of its Class B neighbor.

After being shut out for the first quarter-and-a-half, Jon Fournier erupted for seven goals to lead the Blue Devils (5-2). Travis Lebrun chalked up six goals and four assists.

Josh Rivet found the cage three times and Zach Sheltra tallied twice. Those two seniors combined for nine assists.

“It’s a very unselfish style of offense, and when it’s done right, it’s fun to watch,” said Lewiston coach Tom Fournier. “All three of our attackmen can score, which we know, but a lot of our midfielders will make you pay if you leave them open.”

Lewiston lowered the boom late in the first half, when it transformed a 7-6 deficit into a 12-8 lead over the final six minutes. Jon Fournier fashioned four goals in that span, primarily in odd-man, transition situations.

Two Fournier connections and a goal by Zack Blauvelt courtesy of Matt Manley gave Lewiston a 9-7 lead with 3:12 remaining in the second period, representing the first time either team led by more than one goal.

Oak Hill enjoyed leads of 4-3, 5-4 and 7-6 before Lewiston turned up the heat. Joey Gilbert scored four goals for the Raiders (5-2), who played their third outing in a four-game stretch against exclusively Class A competition.

Casey Behne scored twice. Kevin Laplante registered four assists.

“We decided not to show up in the second half. That was the worst game we played this season, not to take anything away from Lewiston,” said Oak Hill coach Phil Prideaux. “The little guy (Lebrun) must’ve had 50,000 points.”

Even during the early span in which Oak Hill stayed with Lewiston shot for shot, Lebrun put his stamp on the game by having a say in the Blue Devils’ first four goals. Lebrun scored three times in the first period and set up a strike by Rivet.

Sheltra cashed in a feed from Jon Roy in the final minute of the quarter to tie it at 5-5.

Roy assisted Lebrun’s conversion with the man advantage to trigger a run of three unanswered goals in the final 1:02 of the first half. Fournier delivered the last two to put the Devils on top 12-8.

“We knew they gave Brunswick a tough game (10-6), and when we played Brunswick earlier in the season they pretty much smoked us,” Lebrun said. “We adapted to their style of play. Our defense really did a good job getting the ball up the field.”

Lewiston lacked no motivation for its non-conference opponent. The Blue Devils were aware of one online lacrosse poll that ranked the Raiders sixth in the state, regardless of class.

“We didn’t say a word on the bus ride over here,” Tom Fournier said. “We didn’t take these guys lightly at all.”

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