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Spaulding’s Carter Dickinson, left, fires a shot from his knees after the opening face-off during Monday’s boys lacrosse game against U-32 in Barre.

BARRE — Travis Roy scored five goals and dished out a pair of assists as Spaulding beat U-32, 15-1, in Monday’s boys lacrosse action.

Aiden Blouin contributed a pair of goals for the Crimson Tide. He was especially generous to his teammates, notching four assists. Carter Dickinson and Colby Berard each scored twice. Cam Kearney and Myles Aja scoring once in the victory, while Cam Gosselin recorded two assists. Blessed Byerly scored for the Raiders.

It took a few minutes for the teams to get going, with U-32 hanging close early. But once the seal was broken, the Tide quickly built a 7-0 lead entering the second quarter.

“We started off kinda’ slow and we weren’t getting the shots we needed to,” Roy said. “But once we put one in we started to get a few more trickling in and continued to add on. We played the better game today and I think that U-32 was feeling frustrated. We’ve got some tough teams around us like Harwood and Hartford, and I’d like to see us take our time a bit more and slow it down a bit in order to improve moving forward.”

It has been a tough 0-4 start for the Raiders, and heir disappointment was apparent during the rivalry loss. Despite faltering, coach Alex Waskow realizes that his team has a lot of room to grow and prefers to keep things positive.

“It was a good game with a bunch of energy and I think both sides played hard through all four quarters,” Waskow said. “We’re still learning about the game and about each other but I think we’re going to be OK.”

It has been almost a decade since a Spaulding team has taken home a state championship of any kind — the last team to do it was the boys hockey squad in 2010. Two years ago Spaulding field hockey fell to Bellows Falls in the final, and the Tide boys were runners-up in hockey in 2017 and 2018.

It may be premature to predict how playoffs may turn out, but the post-season is less than three weeks away and the Tide boast a 5-0 record. With a new coach, a new attitude and perhaps a new focus, the team has been impressive every game.

“The boys have been playing well,” Spaulding coach Ian Thomas said. “We’re working on team offense and keeping the ball hot. We want to share the ball on offense and get everyone touches. When we run our settled offense and we’re patient, good things happen. I don’t know if I’ve ever been involved with a team that has started like this, either playing or coaching.”

It’s a big step forward for the lacrosse team, especially as the short spring season presents its challenges. Inclement weather has forced many teams to reschedule games, creating a busy slate for the remainder of May. For Spaulding, getting off to a strong start could be crucial as the Tide brace for a grueling schedule in the next few weeks.

The Tide will travel to play defending Division II champion Harwood at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. U-32 (0-4) will host Milton that same day.

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