RUMFORD — There were already 14 goals on the board when Troy Haefele decided to get fancy.
The shifty sophomore attack juked his way to within six feet of the Mountain Valley goalie and, with a clear lane to the cage, he flipped his stick behind his back and tried to whip the ball blindly into the top right corner of the cage.
He missed. It was the first St. Dom’s shot to miss the net, and one of only six on the afternoon.
“We try to stress accuracy all the time,” St. Dom’s coach Dave Haefele said. “In a game like this, where it’s warm, we wanted to keep the ball moving, let it do most of the work.”
The only thing perhaps hotter than the on-field temperatures Wednesday was the Saints’ offense. With plenty of ball-movement and pinpoint accuracy shooting, St. Dom’s rolled to a 21-4 win over Mountain Valley in the teams’ penultimate game of the season.
“These guys, they don’t have the most lacrosse talent,” St. Dom’s senior Tim Day said of Mountain Valley, “but they have some great athletes on that team, and we know they can run with us. If you run up and down, they can play with you. Passing was important.”
Day led the Saints with five assists to go with his three goals. Matt Adams led all scorers with seven strikes, followed by Trevar Haefele with five and four helpers.
“It’s nice to know that we hit the net most of the time today,” Adams said.
Adams and Troy Haefele each netted goals in the game’s opening minutes, setting the tone for the remainder of the contest. They worked deliberately in the soaring afternoon heat.
Trevar Haefele followed, and Adams and Troy Haefele added another each as St. Dom’s strode out to a 5-0 advantage in the first six minutes.
Cole Clark typified the Mountain Valley resistance. He fought through a few stick checks and fired a shot low on Saints’ keeper Cody Rodrigue (four saves). the ball hit Rodrigue’s stick and trickled over the line.
“We’ve been like that all year, we’ve never given up,” Falcons’ coach Jeff Gilbert said. “We played (St. Dom’s) last week and they were up 9-0 in the first quarter, and we never backed down and even beat them in the fourth quarter.”
True to form, even though the Saints expanded their lead to 12 goals by halftime, the Falcons (3-7) dug in and traded goals with the visitors to begin the third quarter. Kyle Duguay and Anthony Rocray beat Rodrigue in the opening few minutes of the second half.
The Saints reestablished control, though. Chris Finlay notched a goal, as did Trevar Haefele and Adams to cap the third quarter.
Day, Adams and Kevin Costello all scored in the final frame to salt the game away.
The Saints battle Oak Hill in their season-finale next Tuesday, and a win in that contest would cap an undefeated regular season.