No. 1 Boothbay, No. 2 Troy Howard surge to championship game
Busline League field hockey includes five teams situated from Belfast to Boothbay and, as it turns out, the squads most geographically separate will play for the championship on Monday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
That is because No. 1 Boothbay Elementary School beat No. 3 Oceanside Middle School of Thomaston/Rockland 9-0 and No. 2 Troy Howard outlasted No. 3 Camden-Rockport Middle School 2-1 in overtime in semifinal playoff games on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The final regular-season league standings (team records were unavailable) were: 1, Boothbay; 2, Troy Howard; 3, Camden-Rockport; 4, Oceanside Middle School; and 5, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.
No. 1 Boothbay 9, No. 4 Oceanside 0
At Boothbay Oct. 17, the top-seeded squad rolled to the victory, as Sydney Meader scored five goals, Page Brown three and Jo Shaw one for the winners.
"We came out strong in the beginning and never gave up," said Oceanside coach Andrea Garver. "However, Boothbay was very fast and hit the ball very hard with some great passing. We just couldn't keep up with them."
No. 2 Troy Howard 2, No. 3 Camden-Rockport 1 (OT)
On Oct. 17 at Belfast, the host Lions nipped the visiting Windjammers as Kelsey Mehuren scored the first goal for THMS to tie the game and Lindsey Bruns scored the second goal in overtime to push the Lions into the finals. Brooke Richards played in the Lion cage.
Sadie Mills scored, on an assist from Amanda Mirabile, for CRMS.
Schooner co-coach Ruth Poland said, "There was a lot of back-and-forth [play] on the field, and Belfast managed to make a goal despite us keeping the ball on offense for the majority of the first half. We lagged a little in the second half, but Mackenzie Schecter made four incredible saves [in the cage for CRMS] and the defense and mid-players showed great speed and stamina throughout, keeping the Lions at bay.
"We went into overtime, playing with seven eighth-graders on the field for an all-out battle to the finish. They pushed themselves incredibly hard and we were very close to a goal, but Belfast managed to squeek one past us in the end … Whew! What an adrenaline rush.
"All our players should be proud of the progress they have made this year. We feel grateful to have been able to coach such a talented, passionate team. We will miss our incredible eighth-graders next year, but they are bound to be stars [on] the high school teams. Special congratulations to Megan Gordon, Piper Dunton, Suzannah Gray, Mackenzie Schecter, Katherine Dailey, Halsey Yattaw, Jenna Stearns and Amanda Mirabile."
The younger players also played a "B" game, with Troy Howard winning 3-0 (names of the goal scorers were unavailable). "[There was] some awesome mid-field plays by Brianna Quinn and great solid defense by Molly McClellan, Phoebe Walsh and Gretta Curtis. We fought hard and kept the ball in the mid-field much more than in our previous game against Troy Howard," Poland said.
No. 4 Oceanside 2, No. 5 Great Salt Bay 0
On Oct. 16 at Rockland, the Mariners received goals from Payten Simmons and Hayley Nickerson to advance in the postseason. Those goals were assisted by Lily Morgan and Makaila Hickey.
"We played well as a team dominated most of the game," said Mariner coach Garver. "The Great Salt Bay goalie was awesome and made a lot of saves. Taylor Hamlin had a great defensive game, [and] Erin Dugan and Drew Simmons played well in the midfield."