Oceanside shows improvement in loss to strong GardinerKelsey Brooks turns hat trick with three goals
Gardiner — The Oceanside girls lacrosset team again demonstrated its season-long improvement — and did it with an emergency goalie stepping in to fill an injured teammate's shoes — in a 14-6 loss to host Gardiner on Friday, May 23.
The match originally was scheduled for Thursday, May 22, but moved a day. Earlier this season, the Mariners lost to the talented Tigers 12-1.
On Friday, Sydney Hall moved into the goal for the Mariners when usual keeper Bailee Cox was injured. Hall made six saves and Cox two.
Keying the Mariner offense were Kelsey Brooks (3 goals), Kim Young (2 assists), Makaye Stone (assist), Alexis Pine (assist), Olivia Hupper (goal, 2 assists), Lily Vachon (goal) and Brittany Rytky (goal).
"This game was yet another one for the history books," said Mariner coach Angie Vachon. "We lost our goalie due to injury, but the valiant Sydney Hall stepped in for the team. Add to that, the loss of one of our strong midfielders, Brittany Rytky with a bump to the head. I knew going in it would be a tough game, but with smart play and teamwork the Mariners could make a good showing …This game most certainly showcased some of the girls’ individual skill growth.
"Our back line defense worked hard to hold off the aggressive and fast attack of the Gardiner offense. Of note: Audrey Raymond’s quickness to the passes missed by the Tiger receivers, Jillian Brooks' effort to get to the ball on a deflected shot, as well as Makaye Stone’s looks and work in the midfield to identify an open player both offensively and defensively, after a foul.
"The Mariners continue to improve offensively as well with around the cage moving. Both our midfielders and attackers will grow to get better at that quick recognition of an open player, faster release of the ball and to get their shots to connect. The team had a total of 19 shots on goal for this game, compared to six in our first game versus the Tigers."
Vachon said all the Mariner goals included another player's assist and first-year player Kelsey Brooks went 3-for-3 on her shots.
Statistics for Gardiner were unavailable.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (3-7, 7.2917 points) is seventh, while Yarmouth (7-1, 92.0139) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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