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Gardiner :: stuns Messalonskee in overtime

PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:19 am
by Tom Nolette
Gardiner holds off Maranacook/Winthrop in boys lacrosse
Offense, goaltending provide enough in shorthanded Tigers' season-opening win

... With two key starters missing from the back line, the Tigers responded with an 11-7 victory in their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B season opener.

Senior attack Tristan Hebert scored four goals and assisted on two others, while junior goalie Noah Keene made 13 saves for Gardiner to make up for the absence of defenders Kaleb Caron (wisdom teeth removal) and Jacob Folsom (Italy trip).

“We put a freshman and a sophomore in that never really had any varsity time at all,” Gardiner coach K.C. Johnson said. “Not bad. They’re getting there. The IQ is a little bit higher than expected for the young kids, so that’s good.” ... -lacrosse/

Re: Gardiner :: still perfect after pulling away from Marana

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:13 am
by Tom Nolette
Gardiner boys lacrosse still perfect after pulling away from Maranacook/Winthrop
Tigers ride balanced scoring and stiff defense to victory over Hawks.

... “Our hope is to get to the level we need to to compete at the Southern Maine stage,” he said. “You grow as the season goes along, you hope no injuries happen, you get better and you peak at the end. That’s the key to success in lacrosse, and we’re getting there.”

That certainly seemed to be the case Thursday, as the Tigers shook off a sloppy first quarter to ride an avalanche of goals — including six from Sloan Berthiaume — and beat Maranacook/Winthrop, 16-3.

“It definitely feels good. … We were talking, knowing they’re a rival team that we always have a competition with,” Berthiaume said. “They still definitely put up a good fight, in the first half it was still a close game. But with the smaller numbers, they definitely got tired and we were able to have more stamina than them and keep them pushing.” ... kwinthrop/

Re: Gardiner :: stuns Messalonskee in overtime

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:31 am
by Tom Nolette
Gardiner stuns Messalonskee in overtime in boys lacrosse
Tigers finish regular season unbeaten for first time in 4 years.

...“I had one buddy I was looking at in front, but he didn’t really open up, and I had the five-hole,” Hebert said. “I just let it go. The goalie had his stick up, so I went low. It worked, and it felt great.”

The sophomore midfielder’s third goal of the game came with just 28.3 seconds remaining in the extra session, lifting Gardiner to a 14-13 overtime win over Messalonskee on Tuesday afternoon at Hoch Field and completing the Tigers’ first undefeated regular season since 2103.

Hebert finished with three goals and three assists for Gardiner (12-0), which trailed three times by three or more goals, including an 11-8 deficit to begin the fourth quarter. Junior Sloan Berthiaume scored five goals and set up two other scores, while senior attack Michael Poirier scored four times and picked up two assists, two of his goals coming just 34 seconds apart early in the final period to give the Tigers life. ... -lacrosse/