FARMINGTON – The Lewiston boys’ lacrosse team utilized ball movement to create openings in Mt. Blue’s defensive wall.
The result – a 13-4 victory Tuesday over the Cougars in the KVAC regular-season finale.
The Blue Devils spread the field and received a strong effort by Zach Sheltra, who scored five goals, and Josh Rivet, who added three more.
Lewiston (9-3), third in Eastern Class A, used the contest to tuneup for the playoffs. But, due to a first-round bye, there will be plenty of idle time before facing Brunswick on June 10.
“It’s a long time for us between games,” Lewiston coach Tom Fournier said. “We’ll try to setup a scrimmage next week to try and stay sharp.”
A strong passing game was a key for Lewiston, which broke things open in the second quarter. The passes were designed to go around the offense and draw out the defensive players. Josh Rivet was the catalyst, scoring a pair of goals in the quarter.
“In the second quarter, I thought our ball movement helped,” Fournier said. “JR (Rivet) had a good game by picking up (loose) balls, and we won some faceoffs. Our goalie Nate Rivet also stood out by creating some good outlet passes.”
Sheltra scored the first of his five goals during a rush on Cougar goalie Justin Davis (13 saves) to open up a 6-1 lead.
“It reverts back to ball movement,” Fournier said. “That’s what we like to do, spread the field.”
Mt. Blue (2-9) was unable to generate any offense and hindered itself by playing reckless. Anthony Barker scored after drawing Rivet out of the cage. Zack Conlogue assisted on the play.
The Cougars managed a Conlogue goal in the third quarter an Andrew Hardy assist.
Lewiston scored three goals in the first quarter, including Travis Lebrun. The Cougars Chad Simoneau scored to keep it close.