YARMOUTH — A season for skill work, to regroup, rebuild and “live” match lessons against mostly more experienced and talented opponents left the Oceanside girls lacrosse team in a better place than when it began the campaign.

That was true even after a 12-2 high school prelim playoff road loss to host North Yarmouth Academy on Wednesday, June 8.

After the victory, the No. 3 Panthers (8-5) will host No. 6 Waynflete of Porland (7-6) in the quarterfinals. No. 14 Oceanside finished the season 1-12. There is one division for Class C girls lacrosse and not two regions as for many high school sports.

“We are looking forward to next season, knowing the skills learned this year will help with team success in 2023,” said Mariner coach Angie Vachon, who started, built and nurtured the lax program at Oceanside.

In Wednesday’s playoff match, Sophie Daggett made four saves in net and Martina Straka and Natalee Hitz tallied goals for the Mariners.

For NYA, Lila Jackson netted four goals; Emma Shard, three; Maggie Holt, two; and Aley Yilmaz, Erin Reid and Emilia McKenney, one. Jazzy Huntsman added an assist and Acadia Gee made one save in goal for the hosts.

Vachon said her team took advantage of the opportunity for another match, a playoff encounter no less. She said it was a “super warm” afternoon and the game officials graciously gave an extra timeout for a water break midway through the second half.

The coach said the Mariners were missing players and had one substitute, “but our team of girls did their best to shake off the turf heat and sweat and play to the last horn.”

She said the Mariner midfield of Straka, Hitz and Geneva Alley “did well keeping their eye on the ball and had a number of midfield wins. Sophia Clayton was key, using her stick skills, movement, communication and riding the restraining line for any opportunities to help her team there, being an asset for her team in this game and then stepping in to help on defense at the end of the second quarter.”

The coach said the squad’s “steady defense” of Grace Webber, Ada Marves, Caitlyn Lamb and Karen Skarka, along with the midfielders, “had a lot of work under their collective belts at the end of the contest in defense for Sophie Daggett.

“An early onslaught of goals by NYA had a little bit of a mental effect on the team, but they all rallied to finish the game with a major stop on goal by the teamwork of Caitlyn Lamb and Ada Marves in the last seconds,” the coach said.

“A nicely-placed penalty shot by Martina Straka in the low left corner gave us our first goal and then a nice close-crease shot on the near post by Natalee Hitz sparked the team to finish out the game strong. Aubryn Knowlton again, came through with her help defense and double-teaming, stepping in on the circle moving from the offensive end to help the team.”