ROCKLAND — The Oceanside girls lacrosse team continued its learning and growing process on Monday, May 9 in a 15-0 loss to visiting Maranacook of Readfield/Winthrop at Wasgatt Field and again on Wednesday, May 11 in a 12-2 road loss to Erskine Academy of South China.

The Mariners continue to look for ways to consistently put the ball in the net and remain competitive with more experienced opponents.

They did that on Wednesday against the host Eagles, as Nina Black and Natalee Hitz had goals and Caitlyn Lamb an assist. Winter Adams made nine saves in net.

For EA, Sarah Praul tallied five goals and Shannon McDonough, Caleigh Crocker, Evelyn Bousseau, Izzy Bousseau, Reese Sullivan, Brooke Blais, Madison McNeff one. Shannon McDonough and Abbie McDonough added assists, while Emma Henderson had five saves in goal.

“It was a beautiful spring day in Maine for some fine lacrosse,” said Mariner coach Angie Vachon. “The Mariners’ backfield was much on point in this game verses the Eagles. Winter Adams with her sharp saves, Grace Webber’s quick recognition of the threat, along with her looks up field and Ada Marves’ prowess were a great help to the team as a whole. Sophie Vose continues her quick and feisty yeoman’s work to ground balls and interceptions. Lilit Khachatryan came off the bench to fill in for our midfield with determination and focus. She was quick to defend and hot to ground balls.

“Geneva Alley was an asset playing both ends and the middle for her team today. Gabby Tolman’s quick work to get behind the defense was wonderful. The dodging of Nina Black to her shot and Natalee Hitz’s hard shot on goal, with an assist from Caitlin Lamb, gave us our most goals in a game for our growing team The Eagles were a great opponent. They gave us a good contest with different defensive tactics, a slowdown of the ball on offense. It was an overall great learning game for our girls. For only our fourth game into the season it was a nice ‘settling’ game. Coach [Jacqui] Weaver and I are very pleased with the work ethic and growing skill of the team and how they use those attributes in game play.”

On Monday, Sophie Daggett made 10 saves (6 in the first half, 4 in the second) and Karen Skarka one stop for the Mariners.

For the Hawks, Anna Erb netted seven goals, as Xanthe Sawlivich, Galina Ariskin and Ella Delisle added two and Ashley Deschamp and Lily Caban one. Stella Lauter made one save in goal.

Oceanside coach Vachon said the Mariners came up against a “buzzsaw of aggressive play” by the Maranacook/Winthrop Hawks.

The coach added Erb was “hard to contain for our young team. The Mariners most certainly held their own in varying aspects of game play, namely speed to the ball, staying with contested ground balls, a few draw wins and a mighty strong shot on goal by Geneva Alley.”

Vachon said Daggett stepped up to play goal midway through the first half and “did a fine job for her team with much fun and joy. This makes Sophie our lone player who has played in every spot on the field in our short game play season thus far.”

The coach said the support from the crowd, sideline and field players was “filled with contagious enthusiasm and what makes memories for teams.”

Additionally, she said, “Aubryn Knowlton had a quick step off the circle on draws and contested ground balls with determination. Sophie Vose continues with her speed and tenacity. Grace Webber with her growing communication skill and defensive mindset was an asset in today’s game, along with Ada Marves. The growth throughout the whole team continues with each opportunity to take the field.”

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