LEWISTON – Picking up from where it left off last June isn’t easy after all this time, but the Lewiston boys’ lacrosse team seems to be doing just that.

After a late season surge and successful playoff run to the Class A state championship game last year, the Blue Devils have kept rolling to start this year’s campaign. After a 14-5 win over Edward Little Wednesday, Lewiston boasted a 5-1 start.

“We were hoping for it, but we didn’t expect this” said Lewiston junior Jon Roy. “We wanted to keep that going. We haven’t had a program for long, but we wanted to keep it going as long as we can.”

Lewiston graduated seven starters from last year’s team and has just three seniors back.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Lewiston coach Tom Fournier. “We have a lot of new faces. We graduated a lot last year. It’s pretty much a new team. It’s a young team. We only have three seniors, but we’re coming along. We have some young guys stepping up. They’ve been kind of in the shadows the last year or two. It’s their turn now.”

Roy finished with six goals and three assists to lead Lewiston to its most productive offensive output of the year. Ben Landry added three goals while Tim Gilbert had two goals and two assists. Alex Stone also had a pair of goals.

“He had a monster game,” said Fournier of Roy. “In that first quarter, it was all him. Without him, we would have been in trouble. Then we started distributing the ball.”

EL (3-2) got two goals from Bryan Campbell and a goal and two assists from Zach Ward.

“We knew we had a tough day coming in,” said EL coach Andy MacIsaac. “They’re a good team, and they’re well coached. They’ve got a lot of experience. So we knew coming in it would be a tough day, and it turned out to be true.”

Lewiston broke open a 3-2 lead in the second quarter. The Blue Devils got goals from Zack Blauvelt, Gilbert, Roy and Landry while EL was held to just one shot. Lewiston had a 23-7 edge in shots at the half.

“We kind of settled down,” said Fournier. “We were a little impatient early. Once we settled down and started possessing the ball and took care of it a little better, things started going our way.”

Lewiston got a pair of goals from Landry and tallies from Gilbert and Roy in the third quarter to build an 11-2 lead.

“Our offense was good,” said Roy. “We were all hitting our passes. We haven’t done that a lot this year. Today we clicked.”

After getting goals from Ward and Matt Nyholm in the first quarter, EL was kept off the board until a Campbell goal late in the third. EL got its offense producing more in the second half and added strikes by Isaiah Rembert and Campbell in the final quarter.

“That’s sort of been our pattern all season,” said MacIsaac. “We play a better second half than we do a first half. That’s something we need to work on and find a way to play two halves.”


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