Mariners wrap successful first club campaignOceanside earns four wins, two ties in inaugural season
Rockland — Oceanside High School's inaugural girls club lacrosse team finished its first season with four wins, seven losses and two ties.
A recap of the Mariners recent games include:
At Thomaston May 3, the Mariners tied Morse of Bath 11-11. Kim Young was the top Mariner scorer for the match with six goals. Other top Oceanside players were Lily Vachon (4 goals, 2 assists), Sydney Brooks (goal, assist), Brittany Rytky (2 assists), Janelle Fowlie (assist) and Isabella Garver (assist). Goalie Jalynn Hurd had three saves.
At Topsham May 7, Mount Ararat defeated Oceanside 9-2. Scoring for the Mariners were Cortney Simmons (goal) and Rebekah Freeman (goal). Vachon had an assist and Hurd 11 goalie saves.
At Thomaston May 9, Maranacook of Readfield beat Oceanside 13-7. For the Mariners, Rytky and Vachon both tallied two goals and one assist. Other top Mariner players for the match were Young (goal, assist), Brooks (2 goals), Garver (assist) and Simmons (assist). Hurd had seven saves.
At Thomaston May 12, Oceanside defeated the Camden Hills jayvees 11-10. Vachon was top Mariner scorer with five goals and one assist. Young was not far behind with three goals and two assists. Brooks scored three goals and Hurd had 14 saves.
At Gardiner May 25, Oceanside bested the Cony of Augusta jayvees 10-5. Young scored four goals against the Rams. Vachon (3 goals, assist), Brooks (2 goals, assist) and Simmons (goal, assist) also chipped in. Hurd made eight saves.
"I would like to make note of the tremendous work our defense has done this season," said Mariner coach Angie Vachon. "Karly Robinson, who I consider the anchor of our defensive line, did a phenomenal job covering the defensive end with speed and much determination. We are fortunate to have her as a part of our defensive lineup."
The coach added, "Hailey Hobbs, who worked hard during the season and, from midseason to the end, began going after ground balls with diligence and a 'stand-your-ground' mentality, which is a growth all coaches love to see."
Coach Vachon said Riley Pillsbury honed her skills and worked hard on shooting space and going after the ball behind the cage. Bailee Cox "always seemed to make herself taller with her stick and caught numerous air balls," the coach said, while Alex Curtis played strong person-to-person defense and hustled to gain ground ball possession.
The coach said Cheyenne Montgomery increased her speed to the ball and moved between defense and midfield when needed. Makaye Stone also used "her speed and tenacity" to win many possessions, the coach said.
Katie Jacob moved from defense to midfield defense and, "with her unassuming ways, she was a shock to our competitors, for she stood her ground and would chase down her player with great focus," coach Vachon said.
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