Troy Howard nips Oceanside for middle school field hockey crownPerennial champion Lions beat Mariners 2-1 in well-played, competitive finale
Rockport — The original six squads who started the single-elimination playoffs and hoped to win the coveted Busline League middle school field hockey championship was down to two teams on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 20 and then, after a competitive battle between the two finalists, a familiar champion emerged.
No. 1 Troy Howard Middle School "A" outlasted No. 3 Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 2-1 in the league finale at Camden Hills Regional High School.
Troy Howard led 1-0 at halftime.
Watch video of championship game below.
The Lions finished the campaign 12-0, while the Mariners ended 7-5-1.
In the championship game, Madison Limeburner and Hailee Lindelof scored goals for Troy Howard. Madison Shorey played in the cage for the Lions.
For Oceanside, Emma Gerrish scored and Alexa Barstow was in the cage.
"I told the girls in the beginning of the game that it is difficult to beat a team three times, and that it is a championship game and that anything can happen," said Troy Howard coach Sara McIntire Bryant. "I am pleased with both Oceanside and Belfast with a well-played, competitive game. They both played their hearts out and that is how a championship should be played."
Bryant, who has led the team most years since 2007, added that "it takes a village. We are lucky to have parent and community support for our program. We start our girls young and are fortunate we have great coaches for our feeder program and the support of our high school team. Our girls are passionate about the sport and it shows. We plan on continuing our streak"
"I'm very proud of my team," said Oceanside coach Brooke Dugan. "They have come so far this year. We had a lot of skills we had to work on thoughout the season and when it counted everything came together and everyone played as a team. This was their best game yet."
Troy Howard was the four-time defending league champion and had won most years in recent decades. Troy Howard has such a rich field hockey tradition that the middle school had two teams this year.
Troy Howard "A" includes Sarah Woods, Emily Woods, Reilly Nickerson, Madisyn Morse, Ella Ardizoni, Hailey Hall, Hailee Lindelof, Savana Blood, Maddy Limburner, Kellie Scott, Madison Burgess, Sadie Wheeler, Kiara Doolan, Ruthie Pease, Gracie Littlefield amd Madison Shorey. The coaches are Sara McIntire Bryant for "A" and Brianna Brennick for "B."
Oceanside includes Erin Corcoran, Erin Stevenson, Anna Campbell, Lily Judecki, Eden Butler, Colette Black, Lainie Hooper, Allison Small, Winter Adams, Emma Comparato, Emma Young, Emma Gerrish, Seanna Montgomery, Grace Young, Caileigh Pease, Alexa Barstow, Maria Protheroe and Quincy Flynn. The head coach is Brooke Dugan and assistant coach is Molly Hooper.
In semifinal action on Tuesday, Oct. 18, No. 3 Oceanside posted a 1-0 win over No. 2 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, while No. 1 Troy Howard “A” defeated No. 5 Troy Howard “B," score unavailable.
In prelim playoff action on Friday, Oct. 14, No. 3 Oceanside defeated No. 6 Camden-Rockport 4-2 and No. 5 Troy Howard "B" beat No. 4 Boothbay, score unavailable.
The final regular-season standings were: Troy Howard Middle school "A" 10-0, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 8-2, Oceanside Middle School of Thomaston/Rockland 5-4-1, Boothbay Region Elementary School 4-6, Troy Howard Middle School "B" 2-7-1 and Camden-Rockport Middle School 0-10.
The following is a recap of previously reported playoff results:
No. 3 Oceanside 1, No. 2 Great Salt Bay 0
At Newcastle Oct. 18, the Mariners edged the Cougars to advance to the league title game. Oceanside led 1-0 at halftime.
Erin Corcoran scored the lone goal of the game for the Mariners, while Alexis Barstow played in the cage for the visitors.
No. 1 Troy Howard "A" 3, No. 5 Troy Howard "B" 0
At Belfast Oct. 18, the higher-ranked Lions blanked their schoolmates to advance to the league title game.
Kiara Doolan, Maddie Limeburner and Sarah Woods each scored goals for Troy Howard "A."
Madison Shorey played in goal for the higher seed and Kara Richards for the lower seed.
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