Offensive-minded Oceanside seals first official varsity victoryMariners down visiting Falcons to earn coveted win
Thomaston — It took the Oceanside girls lacrosse team just three matches into its first official varsity season to notch that initial — and highly coveted — first victory. And that win came in a makeup game on the Mariners' home field a week after the initial contest was postponed.
The Mariners (1-2), who play in Eastern Class B, posted an 18-6 win over Mountain Valley of Rumford on Thursday afternoon, May 8 on Sam Pendleton Field.
The statistic line was full for the offensive-minded Mariners Thursday as the team was paced by Lily Vachon and Abbey Lacasse, both with four goals, while Rebekah Freeman added three goals.
Leading the hosts' charge were Brittany Rytky (3 assists), Janelle Fowlie (assist), Kelsey Brooks (assist), Jillian Brooks (assist), Vachon (4 goals, assist), Lacasse (4 goals, assist), Alexis Pine (2 goals, assist), Kimberly Young (2 goals, assist), Olivia Hupper (goal, assist), Sierra Beal (2 goals) and Freeman (3 goals).
Bailee Cox made eight saves in goal for Oceanside.
For Mountain Valley, Kaylan Pingree tallied three goals, Taylor Smart two and Grace Briggs one. Jordan True made 16 saves in the goal.
"This is just the game win the team needed," said Oceanside coach Angie Vachon. "The girls did well working as a unit and brought to the game the discussions we have had as a team about what needs to happen. The girls worked hard on regaining the ball on a missed shot, our defense in transition was super and our mid and backfield really stepped it up defensively as well.
"The team's effort on groundball possession was very good and is key in keeping the team in the game. With our luck in sick or injured players this season so far, the girls can now see the value in using and working with their team and the importance of perseverance and bettering their skills. It was a sight to behold and the fans loved it."
The coach added, "We are now in for a few away games and this win is great to take with us on the road."
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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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