WALES — The Maranacook/Winthrop and Oak Hill boys lacrosse teams needed one another to experience a close game in a season of blowouts.

They got one with Maranacook/Winthrop scoring six goals in the third period on its way to a 10-6 victory. The Hawks are 4-1 in Class B East play while Oak Hill falls to 4-2.

“This game is huge for us,” said Hawks senior Jesse Evans, who scored four goals. “This just puts us back on the map and right where we think we should be.”

Both teams lost one-sided games to Gardiner and have handled all their other opponents. One thing they expected in this game was a physical confrontation.

“We knew they were going to be physical,” Evans said. “We just had to spin the ball, get it moving, get it hot.”

The Hawks didn’t get going until the second half. They trailed 4-3 at halftime, then scored six straight to take a 9-4 lead into the final quarter.

“Their catching and passing is phenomenal so we can work on setting up plays,” Hawks coach Zach Stewart said.

The physical play caught up to the Raiders in the third period when big defenseman Chris Harlow was whistled for a two-minute non-release penalty after making contact to the head. The Hawks took full advantage, scoring three goals before Harlow got back on the field.

Evans started it with a solo effort to make it 5-4, then Zach Glazier took a pass from behind the net from Alex Tooth for another goal. Logan Emery capped the barrage with a score to make it 7-4. Dan Condon and Evans closed out the period with scores, with Evans faking a shot then going around a defender for a clean score.

Oak Hill’s Brian Daniels cut the lead to 9-5 early in the fourth period, but the Raiders were unable to sustain at attack.

“This is our second straight game where we haven’t been able to pass and catch,” Oak Hill coach Dan Brannigan said. “Our offense is usually our bread and butter.”

Evans fed Condon for a goal right in front of the net to make it 10-5 before Matt Gilbert capped the scoring with a late goal. Glazier scored two goals for the Hawks while Tooth had one. Kyle Flaherty scored twice for the Raiders while Caleb Provost and Alex Mace each scored once.

Both goalies played well. Zach Bessette made 10 saves for Maranacook while Matty Martin stopped 19 shots for Oak Hill.

“We have one of the top goalies in the state,” Brannigan said. “But when you get a quick shot off he doesn’t have a chance to see, it’s kind of hard to do anything about it.”

Gary Hawkins — 621-5638

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