ROCKLAND — As the busy Mariners gear up for the end of the regular season and its much-anticipated playoff experience, the overall inexperienced, but growing, Oceanside girls lacrosse team suffered three recent lopsided losses.

The Mariners finish the regular season at home with Winslow on Tuesday, May 31 4 p.m. and scrimmage Maine Central Institute/Nokomis on Friday, June 3 at 4 p.m. On Monday, June 6, Oceanside will play a prelim playoff match, opponent and venue to be determined.

On Friday, May 27, the Mariners hit the road to Farmington and lost 15-2 to the Mount Blue Cougars.

Martina Straka made 10 saves in goal for the Mariners, while Lily Stackpole (goal, assist), Gabby Tolman (goal) and Geneva Alley (assist) keyed the visitors’ offense.

For Mount Blue, Erin Portin tallied four goals; Alissa Butterfield, three; Elly Brackett, two; and Cloe Roberts, Talia Kidder, Elle Marshall, Emma Dunn, Giselle Coulliard and Maya Kellett, one. Michelle Seaberg made six saves in goal.

Mariner coach Angie Vachon said Straka faced a “barrage of goals” from the numerous Cougar scorers. “Her work in the goal cage for her team, however, was solid for her first time there” as Oceanside players “continue to look out for each other with the change of positions during this season.”

The coach said Nina Black had “an excellent run to get behind the defense with textbook readiness to score. Gabby Tolman and Lily Stackpole, as first-year players, along with Nina Black, continue to better their looks and skill as well. Aubryn Knowlton continues to better her skill and game knowledge and is yet another player working in all areas of the field for her team with her own growing confidence.

“Our defensive end — Grace Webber, Ada Marves, Caitlyn Lamb and Taylor Landry — remain steadfast in their protection of the eight, with few errors, growing confidence and recognizing the offensive movement of opponents. Ada Marves and Grace Webber also had timely and exciting interceptions in this game verses the Cougars and, along with a Mariner goal in the last three seconds, our fans who traveled to Farmington saw some exciting lacrosse.”

On Thursday, May 26 at Cony of Augusta, the Mariners lost 17- to the Rams.

Stackpole tallied a goal and Straka added an assist for Oceanside, while Karen Skarka made five saves in net.

For Cony, Andrea Richardson netted four goals; Azabell Assaf, Maci Freem (assist) and Sierra Prebit (assist), two; and Raegan Bechard, Emma Doiron (assist), Dinah Wadleigh, Olivia Dutil and Ashley Tobias, one. Madison Chavarie made two saves in net.

Vahon said the Mariners faced a shorter bench and “had to step up and stay the course in this game. Our defensive end consisting of Ada Marves, Grace Webber, Taylor Landry and Caitlyn Lamb worked tirelessly and smart for the team in this contest. With Cony’s sharp cuts and quick feeds they did well keeping correct angles and tight contact. Martina Straka has an excellent eye and a quick release of her own to an open teammate, as her assist stats grow.”

On Tuesday, May 24, the Mariners lost to host Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 17-3.

Stackpole and Straka tallied a goal and assist, while Tolman added a goal and Knowlton an assist for the the visitors. Sophie Daggett made 19 saves in net.

For LA, Dakota Gregory tallied five goals; Mariam Desisle, three; Scarlett O’Brien, Skylar Houghton (assist), Marley Label (2 assists) and Kiera Grant, two; and Remy Label, Alison St. Cyr and Abby Kopp, one.

Daggett turned in a “stellar performance” in goal, said Vachon. “She faced a barrage of straight-on, hard shots by the Eagles.”

The coach said the Mariner midfield “continues to work on draw control and finding the ball there and working to contain our opponents. We had two draw wins in the game today, one resulting in a goal. The Mariner defense has had much opportunity to better their defensive skill in our 2022 season and their errors in the eight-meter have decreased … Their ability to funnel out threats also increases.

“Grace Webber worked in today’s game with knowledge, angles, ball and threat awareness to be an anchor for the defense. The growth of movement and passing in our attack end also continues to improve. Gabby Tolman’s keen eye and ball placement, assisted by Aubryn Knowlton from the top of the 12, was an example of great lacrosse in this game. Lily Stackpole used calm composure and growing skill and movement in her assist and goal today.”

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