TOPSHAM – Unless your name is Waynflete or North Yarmouth Academy, your girls’ lacrosse program probably isn’t old enough to have achieved the luxury of reloading and recovering from heavy graduation losses.
Winning comes in one or two-year cycles for the upstarts, as demonstrated nicely Thursday night by Mt. Ararat’s 14-2 domination of Lewiston in an Eastern Class A contest.
Last spring, the Eagles were the ones feeling a case of whiplash while watching the Blue Devils rattle the cage repeatedly in a one-sided win.
But senior co-captain Danielle Plourde and junior Kelsey Fenwick have tilted the scales, and then some, in favor of undefeated Mt. Ararat (6-0).
Plourde and Fenwick each scored six goals. Junior Rachel Bernier added a goal and three assists.
“I’m inundated with juniors this year,” said Mt. Ararat coach Sam Chard. “They’ve played together for a while, and it shows. Last year, Lewiston beat us on their field, but theyve lost some pretty great players. Every program goes through it. We’ll be rebuilding again at some point, I’m sure.”
Jessica Hitchcock also scored for Mt. Ararat, which exploded to an 8-0 lead before Kelsey Rodrigue broke the spell for the Blue Devils (2-4) with 1:51 remaining in the first half.
Plourde struck twice in the first 2:04 before Fenwick rattled off four consecutive goals.
“We’re very young,” said Lewiston coach Don Jalbert. “We have four seniors, and two of them weren’t here.”
Plourde completed her first-half hat trick with one second remaining to put the Eagles on top 9-1 at intermission.
Lewiston scored its second goal as the result of a splendid defensive effort by Mallory Long, who swiped the ball from Lindsey Yard in Lewiston’s defensive zone and ran away from four converging Mt. Ararat defenders. Long gave up the ball to Lindsey Dostie for the transition tally with 13:48 left.
Mary LeBlanc turned away 10 shots for Lewiston.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Jalbert said.