Oceanside toils in preseason Maine Lax ChallengeMariners finish 1-2 in three 25-minute affairs
Waterville — Despite the feet of snow still piled around the fields and a cold spring chill in the air, Oceanside and a bundle of other Maine high school girls lacrosse teams took to the artificial-surfaced fields at Thomas College on Friday, April 7 for good-old fashioned preseason play.
The Mariners participated in the Maine Lax Challenge tournament, which turned out to be three matches of 25-minute running time, in an effort to experience real-game action and prepare for the upcoming regular season.
The 16-team event went from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and included a slew of fast-paced matches.
Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield/Mid-Maine of Nokomis, Oceanside, Morse of Bath, Sanford, Cony Red and Cony White of Augusta, Messalonskee of Oakland, Thornton Academy of Saco, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, South Portland, York, Freeport, Lewiston, Boothbay Region, Winslow and Mount Ararat of Topsham were represented.
The Mariners who will make up Oceanside's varsity and/or jayvee teams include: Sydney Hall, Elise Laslavic, Samantha Berry, Danielle Ladd, Julia Barbour, Jillian Brooks, Kelsey Brooks, Sierra Beal, Taylor Hamlin, Emily Tyler, Gabby Straka, Hope Butler, Shannon Ripley, Kristina Ferguson, Jackie Hall, Mattie Hooper, Carmyn Pease, Lexie McMahan, Salima Kaluta, Bea Weinand, Jackie Daggett, Kacee Foster and Nicole Ladd. The Brooks are identical twin sisters, while the Ladds also are siblings.
On Friday, in the first game at Thomas, Oceanside beat MCI/Nokomis 7-1, behind the offense of Straka (goal, 2 assists), Hamlin (goal, assist), Barbour (2 goals), Tyler (goal), Hall (goal), Nicole Ladd (goal) and Ferguson (assist).
In game two, Oceanside lost to Freeport 4-2, as Tyler finished with a goal and assist and Hamlin a goal. Berry made three saves in the net.
In the third game, Oceanside lost to Mount Ararat 7-2, as Hall had a goal and assist, Tyler a goal and Barbour an assist. Berry finished with three saves in net.
"Overall our first day out was a great success," said veteran Mariner coach Angie Vachon. "There are too many highlights from over the day to mention, however, I would like to commend my veteran players for playing in areas of the field that they normally do not play in and my newest players for taking the field, learning the rules and putting our, just nine short days of practice, to very good use. I am very proud of all of these young women."