2013-06-21 / Community

Team synergy leads to Cape win

By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer


The Cape Elizabeth boys’ lacrosse team celebrates the Class B boys’ lacrosse state title after a 7-4 victory over Yarmouth at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland Saturday, June 15. Senior Alex Bornick scored the Capers’ final three goals of the game to lead the attack. (Jack Flagler photo) The Cape Elizabeth boys’ lacrosse team celebrates the Class B boys’ lacrosse state title after a 7-4 victory over Yarmouth at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland Saturday, June 15. Senior Alex Bornick scored the Capers’ final three goals of the game to lead the attack. (Jack Flagler photo) PORTLAND – The first half of the Class B boys’ lacrosse state final between Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth was typical of two familiar opponents seeing each other for the third time in a season.

Yarmouth, which had fallen to Cape Elizabeth in two relatively close games, knew it could not gamble defensively, and the Clipper players stayed disciplined against a deep and athletic Caper attack.

Cape Elizabeth, meanwhile, probed and prodded in its set offense, but was largely unable to solve the Clippers’ defenders, who rotated quickly and avoided losing one-onone battles, therefore avoiding the need for collapsing defenders to help, and preventing any lanes from opening for easy goals.


Cape Elizabeth sophomores Griffin Thoreck and Curtis Alexander celebrate their state title after defeating Yarmouth 7-4. Thoreck scored a goal and notched an assist in the game. Both players will look to increase their role next season, when Cape Elizabeth loses 11 seniors from this year’s team. (Jack Flagler photo) Cape Elizabeth sophomores Griffin Thoreck and Curtis Alexander celebrate their state title after defeating Yarmouth 7-4. Thoreck scored a goal and notched an assist in the game. Both players will look to increase their role next season, when Cape Elizabeth loses 11 seniors from this year’s team. (Jack Flagler photo) Both teams knew the other’s tendencies, and neither could find the net. The low-scoring half ended with Cape Elizabeth leading 3-2, as each side struggled to maintain possession and frequently turned the ball over in a game that lacked a natural flow.

But in the second half, Cape Elizabeth picked up a few key fast break goals, then relied on its improved defense to hold Yarmouth in check. The Capers won by a final score of 7-4 for their second state title in four years.

Senior midfielder Alex Bornick said he regrouped during the halftime period and reminded himself of the stage and the stakes of the game.

“Personally for me, it was about intensity. I had to grasp the fact this was my last game wearing these colors playing with my brothers, who I’ve played with, some since third grade,” Bornick said.

Cape Elizabeth head coach Ben Raymond said his offense made an adjustment in the third quarter to ramp up the pace of its attack and look to score before the Yarmouth defense could settle down. Senior Justin Cary and Bornick picked up fast break goals off turnovers in the midfield area to extend the Caper lead to 5-2 in the third quarter.

“When you’re having trouble scoring goals in your offense, you look for other ways to score, and we did a nice job in that second half of picking up ground balls and getting it up the field quickly,” Raymond said.

However, after falling behind, Yarmouth swung the momentum of the game and staged a comeback. Senior attack Nick Ronan scored after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Isaac Dearden with just over five minutes remaining in the third to cut the lead to 5-3.

Just over a minute later, Yarmouth sophomore Joe Oliva found senior Ian Edgecomb front of the net, and Edgecomb buried a goal to cut the deficit to one and fire up the Clipper crowd.

Although Cape Elizabeth beat Yarmouth twice during the regular season, the Clippers had two wins against North Yarmouth Academy, the only team to defeat Cape Elizabeth this year. Raymond said even though his team came in 2-0 against Yarmouth, the two opponents were not separated by much.

“(Yarmouth is) a really patient team. They possess the ball really well. Their individual defense is really good, they don’t slide an awful lot because they’re not getting beat one-on-one too much,” Raymond said.

At the end of the third quarter, Cape Elizabeth picked up a key goal that may have been generated more from luck than skill. After a Yarmouth shot beat Cape goalie Gabe McGinn, but rang the post, the deflection bounced directly to Cape Elizabeth. Bornick finished a fast-break goal with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give Cape a 6-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

After the game, Bornick said he was determined to give the necessary effort to end his high school career a champion after two straight frustrating tournament exits. Last year, Bornick scored five goals in a 10-9 loss to Falmouth. He was determined not to end this season with disappointment.

“I said to myself, ‘No matter what happens at the end of this game you’ve got to be gassed. You’ve got to be so tired, you have to be lying on the field hopefully holding that trophy,’” Bornick said.

The Capers came into the state championship game after a 9-8 overtime win over Falmouth in the Western Maine regional final. In the two previous seasons, Falmouth knocked out the Capers en route to consecutive state titles. Senior defender Adam Haversat said he knew his team had to step up in the state final after narrowly escaping a loss in the previous round.

“We knew we had to play better than we did in that game. We had to mentally prepare for this,” Haversat said.

Haversat said this year’s Cape Elizabeth team set itself apart because it didn’t rely on a handful of players to win. Any player could step up in any game, and the team-wide improvement was built by a strong bond among players.

“Even if you don’t play, you’re still part of this family. That was an important part of this season and this team, having that connection of a family,” he said.

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