Oceanside back at it in Morse's Sagadahoc InvitationalPlenty of quality preseason work for Mariners; Brooks sisters, Straka, Laslavic shine
Bath — The Oceanside girls lacrosse team went back to its preseason work on Saturday, April 15 in the Sagadahoc Invitational, hosted by Morse High School on the artificial surface at McMann Stadium.
The Mariners faced Edward Little of Auburn, Morse of Bath and Lewiston, all large, topnotch programs, as Oceanside lost to the Red Eddies 3-1 and Blue Devils 5-1, but defeated the Shipbuilders 5-3.
The games were 25-minute running time.
In the first game, Edward Little pulled out a 3-1 victory. For Oceanside, Gabby Straka tallied a goal and Jillian Brooks added an assist. Samantha Berry had one save in net for the Mariners, while the Edward Little goalie, whose name was unavailable, had six saves.
Oceanside coach Angie Vachon said the Mariners "controlled the draw through most of this game and was in control offensively for the majority of this game. The Edward Little goalie played superior in her cage for her team with her six-plus saves."
In game two, Oceanside picked up a 5-3 victory over the Shipbuilders, as Jillian Brooks finished with a hat track, or three goals, while Kelsey Brooks (goal, assist) and Straka (goal, assist) also chipped in on the scoring. The Brooks are identical twin sisters.
Elise Laslavic made four saves in the Mariner net, including stopping two penalty shots.
"Again, our center-circle work was stellar and very important to the win for this game," Vachon said. "Elise Laslavic was on point with her saves, two being on penalty shots.'
In the third game, the Blue Devils topped the Mariners 5-1. Straka tallied the lone goal for Oceanside, while Laslavic made two saves in net.
Vachon said it was a "good day" for the Mariners.
"Our very new players continue to get valuable field time due to absences and I am pleased and appreciative of their work during our preseason," the coach said. "Kudos go out to Carmyn Pease, Bea Weinand, Salima Kaluta, Lexie McMahan, Jackie Daggett and Nicole Ladd, who have held anchor for the program during this preseason. I know it will be beneficial to us all.
"As we work through preseason and towards our regular season, I am looking for the teams to take the lessons learned to move us forward as a program and for our varsity to be in postseason contention."
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