BRUNSWICK – The Oak Hill Raiders arrived in Brunswick on Saturday night as a big underdog. After hanging around almost as long as the snow on Mt. Washington this spring, the Raiders left with some much deserved respect.
The Brunswick Dragons received five goals from Drew Sfirri and withstood constant pressure from the Raiders in earning a 10-6 boys’ lacrosse victory.
“We knew this was going to be a battle,” said Brunswick coach Don Glover. “They put up a lot of shots in their last game.”
The Dragons (4-1) led 3-0 and threatened to pull away early, but the pesky Raiders (4-1) were relentless with their attack. Brunswick keeper Henry Mills continually thwarted the Raiders, stopping the first 10 shots he saw.
“He’s an awesome keeper,” said Glover. “He’s mechanically sound and has excellent composure.”
The Raiders finally broke their scoring drought midway through the second quarter with a pair of goals just eight seconds apart as Casey Behne and Kevin Laplante each found the back of the net.
Less than a minute after Laplante (three goals) scored, Brunswick attacker Dustin Nadeau found a cutting Sfirri heading to the net and the Dragons led 4-2.
Behne cut the deficit to one just before the half ended.
Sfirri scored with on the extra-man offense early in the third quarter before beating a Raider defender one-on one to put the Dragons up 6-4.
“In the first half we were stagnant,” said Glover. “In the second half we motioned a lot better.”
“There’s always a man open on the wing for a shot,” added Sfirri. “I just had the opportunities tonight.”
Behne fed Laplante in front with just 1:34 left in the quarter to pull the Raiders to within a goal, but scores by Kit Smith and Sfirri in the waning moments of the quarter helped the Dragons pull away.
“We lose the game,” said Oak Hill coach Phil Prideaux, “but it’s a win for us to stay with them for three quarters.”