ROCKLAND — The scenario was perfect for first-year Oceanside field hockey coach Allison Heath.

The former Mariner standout player was coaching her first regular-season game for her alma mater and it came, ironically, against Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, a team Heath previously coached.

Oceanside’s Mackenzie Hobbs, left, and Allie Colburn. Ken Waltz

The Mariners and Eagles, two evenly-matched opponents, were locked in a highly-competitive, 1-1 deadlock on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1 as the opponents wanted to get off on the winning foot to start the 2021 high school stick campaign.

However, the visiting Eagles spoiled the hoped-for Mariners’ victory celebration with a late second-half goal en route to a 2-1 win.

Oceanside’s Cassidy Novicka, left, Lily Stackpole (14), and Colette Black, along with Lincoln Academy’s Hunter Gilmore. Ken Waltz

It turned out to be the Eagles who celebrated an initial win.

Oceanside made a last-ditch push to knot the score, and even saw hard-charging, stick-handling Colette Black rattle a shot off the corner of the cage with four minutes left, but, alas, a Mariner victory, in their coach’s first game back home to open the season, was not to be.

Oceanside’s Maddy Ripley. Ken Waltz

“It was a great game of field hockey played by both teams, and definitely a great first game of the season,” Heath said. “It was nice to see the ladies using some of the skills we have been practicing, and I look forward to continue working with them to improve their skills for the rest of the season. The girls are looking forward to their game this afternoon at Erskine [Academy in South China on Sept. 2].”

Madison Phelps scored off a penalty corner at 1:43 of the first half and Reegan Dunican with 8:04 left in the second half to lift the Eagles to the win.

Oceanside’s Sophia Prothero. Ken Waltz

For the Mariners, Colette Black scored at 9:12 in the first half.

Goalies Mackenzie Hobbs (Mariners) and Addie Brinkler (Eagles) played well in front of the cages, as they made a handful of difficult stops. Hobbs was credited with three saves and Brinkler seven.

Oceanside led in shots 14-6 and penalty corners 8-7.

Oceanside 8, Erskine Academy 1

At South China Sept. 2, the Mariners rebounded in a big way from their season-opening loss and sailed past the host Eagles.

Colette Black caged four goals and added one assist in the win for Oceanside, while Maddy Ripley (goal, 2 assists), Taylor Landry (goal) and Allie Colburn (2 goals) also chipped in on offense for the visitors.

Reese Sullivan scored the lone goal for Erskine Academy.

Hayley Black made six saves in the cage for the Mariners, while Hannah Torey played in goal for the Eagles.

Oceanside held a 17-5 edge in penalty corners and 11-6 advantage in shots.