Oceanside splits weekend road games with Falcons, RaidersMariners beat Mountain Valley, fall to Fryeburg Academy
The Oceanside girls lacrosse team earned a split decision in weekend road matches, including a 17-7 victory over Mountain Valley in Rumford on Friday, May 9 and an 11-3 loss to Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg on Saturday, May 10.
At Rumford May 9, the Mariner offense continued on a roll, led by Brittany Rytky with five goals and Lily Vachon with three scores.
Kimberly Young (3 assists), Abbey Lacasse (assist), Makaye Stone (assist), Vachon (3 goals, 3 assists), Kelsey Brooks (2 goals, assist), Alexis Pine (2 goals, assist), Rytky (5 goals, assist), Rebekah Freeman (goal, assist), Jillian Brooks (2 goals), Olivia Hupper (goal) and Sierra Beal (goal) led the visitors' offense.
Bailee Cox made 10 saves in the Mariner goal, and even added an assist from her position at the far end of the field.
For Mountain Valley, Kate Puiia and Kayla Pingree both tallied three goals and Kassie Thibodeau one. Jordan True made nine saves in goal.
"The team played well together against an aggressive Mountain Valley midfield," said Mariner coach Angie Vachon. "It was a slow start as the Falcons scored their first two goals within 20 seconds of each other after Oceanside’s first goal at 23:02 in the first half. However, the team of Oceanside girls were feeling well prepared to take on the Falcons in the back-to-back contests [the teams also played May 8 in Thomaston, another Mariner win]."
At Fryeburg May 10, the Mariners fell to the talented Raiders.
In the game for the Mariners, Alexis Pine had two goals and Lily Vachon one. Kelsey Brooks and Olivia Hupper both added an assist.
For Fryeburg, goalie Jasmine Ramsey made six saves, while Hanna Frye added three goals and Alexandra Freize, Shelby Hesslein and McKenna Gerchman all two. MacKensie Hill and Molly Ekland added single goals for the hosts.
"Oceanside met this game with more adversity: and on arrival, ill goalie, an inflamed knee, smashed fingers and then a run in with a Fryeburg player put our attacker Olivia Hupper on the sidelines along with a knuckle injury that needed to be splinted for Makaye Stone," coach Vachon said. "The rest of the players continue to do their best to fill the voids in many different positions. Our newer players are having the opportunity to learn at every game. Isabella Garver’s transition defense is something worth noting along with Makaye Stone’s instruction from the restraining line. The Fryeburg team lent us a goalie for this game as well as hosting the team with a barbecue and birthday cake for Fryeburg’s coach Cobb, after the game."
Coach Vachon said, "After a rainy bus ride, the sun came out and it was perfect lacrosse weather. The score at halftime was 9-0 [for Fryeburg Academy] and the Mariners held the host Raiders to two goals to our three for the second half of the game."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (2-3, 4.8611 points) is sixth, while Yarmouth (4-1, 27.0833 points) 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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