The Belfast field hockey team has not lost a game since Sept. 3, when the Lions last crossed sticks with highly-touted Lawrence of Fairfield.

Now, those talented high school stick squads, who boast long unbeaten streaks, will get a rematch and the opportunity to vie for Class B North’s richest prize.

Belfast’s Audra Faulkingham, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the regional semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 29, those talented squads punched their tickets to the regional championship game as the No. 2 Lions roared to a 3-1 win over No. 3 Nokomis of Newport, while the top-ranked, unbeaten Bulldogs bested No. 5 Cony of Augusta 6-1.

Thus, the Lions (14-1-1), who ride a 14-game unbeaten streak, will face the No. 1 Bulldogs (16-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (updated) at Gardiner Area High School.

Lawrence emerged with a 2-1 regular-season win over Belfast on Sept. 3 in Fairfield.

Belfast defeated No. 7 Oceanside of Rockland 7-0 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 25 prior to its win over Nokomis, while Lawrence beat No. 8 Old Town 6-0 in the quarterfinals prior to its semifinal win over Cony.

Oceanside’s Maddie Ripley (10) and Sophie Protheroe, back, along with Belfast’s Audra Faulkingham (6), Kara Richards (11) and Mia Winslow. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Lions are the lone area field hockey team to remain in the postseason as No. 8 Camden Hills lost 6-0 to No. 1 Skowhegan in the Class A North quarterfinals on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Thomas College in Waterville, while No. 7 Mount View lost 2-1 in double-overtime to No. 2 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield in the Class C North quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Messalonskee in Oakland.

Belfast’s Halle Tarbox. Photo by Ken Waltz

The following is a recap of playoff games:

Semifinals: No. 2 Belfast 3, No. 3 Nokomis 1

At Northport Oct. 29, the Lions got an insurance goal from Kara Richards off a penalty corner midway through the fourth quarter and prowled past the visiting Warriors. Belfast led 2-0 after the first quarter and 2-1 at halftime and after three quarters.

Belfast’s Lawless Desrochers, right. Photo by Mark Haskell

Audra Faulkingham and Mia Winslow also caged first-quarter goals for Belfast, while Richards and Bre Shorey added assists.

Ava Lovely scored for Nokomis.

Nokomis held a 16-13 edge in shots, while Belfast led 14-4 in penalty corners.

Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson, left, on the sideline as her dad, Allen, the legendary former Lion coach, above right, broadcasts high over the field. Photo by Mark Haskell

Nikki Shorey made six saves in the cage for the Lions and Wliya Drummond had five stops in the goal for the Warriors.

Faulkingham put Belfast on the board, off an assist from Bre Shorey, with 8:30 to go in the first quarter, while Winslow doubled the Lion lead at the 4:10-mark, off an assist from Richards.

After Lovely cut the Warrior deficit in half with 8:54 to go in the first half, the Lions got a crucial insurance goal from Richards off a penalty corner with 10:55 to go.

Quarterfinals: No. 2 Maine Central Institute 2, No. 7 Mount View 1 (2OTs)

At Oakland Oct. 27, the Mustangs played arguably their best game of the season against the mighty Huskies, but came up just short and were ousted from the Class C North playoffs at Messalonskee High School. The game was scoreless after the first quarter and tied 1-1 at halftime and at the end of regulation.

Mount View players, from left, Greta Ahlefeld, Julia Richards and Sidney Bishop. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

Allyee Corson scored, off an assist from Ivory Spaulding, for the ‘Stangs, while Trinity Leavitt caged goals for MCI, off assists from Jenessa Foster and Ella Bernier.

Ella Sawyer made 12 saves on 15 shots in the cage for Mount View, while Chichi Rivera made four saves on five shots in goal for MCI.

Mackenzie Burgess also made a player-save for the Mustangs, while “Ivory Spaulding turned in her best game of her season along with center mid Greta Ahlefeld,” said Mustang coach Gloria Hewett.

Mount View players, from left, MacKenzie Burgess, Greta Ahlefeld and Hannah McIntosh. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

“We had a great season due, in part, to the dedication of eight seniors, six who have been playing together as a team since their fifth-grade travel team,” Hewett said. “The entire team worked together as a whole and stayed true to their desire to be a positive-minded team who wanted to have a great season no matter what the score or outcome of any game they played. Of course they were disappointed when they lost, but they never stopped trying hard or working to improve their individual games or their goal as a team to play well together. Success is not always about the record, but the memories and the little joys along the journey.”

Mount View (4-7-4) lost 4-0 to MCI early in the season and fell 1-0 to the Huskies later in the campaign.

Belfast’s Lawless Desrochers, front. Photo by Ken Waltz

Quarterfinals: No. 1 Skowhegan 6, No. 8 Camden Hills 0

At Waterville Oct. 26, the Windjammers (6-8-1) hung with the River Hawks (15-0) through the first half, but the ship went down in the second as unbeaten Skowhegan advanced. Skowhegan led 1-0 at halftime before the top seed went on the offensive in the third quarter, as the hosts tallied five goals in the 15-minute span at Thomas College.

“We contained them for 45 minutes, but the third quarter we didn’t,” said Camden Hills coach Lindsey Clement. “We knew not to allow big hits to the post or stroke, but we allowed it all third quarter and Skowhegan quickly exploited that.”

Layla Conway had three of those five third-quarter goals for the River Hawks, while Sydalia Savage added two scores and Laney LeBlanc one.

Skowhegan, winners of 16 of the last 20 state Class A championships, outshot Camden Hills 17-0 and led 15-1 in penalty corners.

“They have two players on Max Top 50 Players to Watch (national list), so we knew the game would be tough,” Clement said.

Abby Strout, a freshman making her first career start in the cage, turned away 11 shots for Camden Hills.

Mount View players, from left, goalie Ella Sawyer, Erika Hanks, Greta Ahlefeld, Ella Dudley and Sydney Bishop play against Maine Central Institute. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

Quarterfinals: No. 2 Belfast 7, No. 7 Oceanside 0

At Northport Oct. 25, the Lions roared past the Mariners (6-8-1) and onto to the semifinals. Belfast led 3-0, 5-0 and 6-0 at the quarter breaks.

Oceanside’s Lily Stackpole. Photo by Ken Waltz

The potent Belfast offense was keyed by Bre Shorey (3 goals), Kara Richards (goal, assist), Ava Markham (goal, assist), Mia Winslow (goal), Lawless Desrochers (goal) and Sophia Taylor (assist).

Belfast, which has outscored opponents 68-9, with 10 shutouts this season, held a 43-0 advantage in shots and 17-0 in penalty corners.

Sophia Clayton, who was outstanding in the cage with a number of tough stops, made 29 saves for the Mariners, while Nikki Shorey earned the shutout in goal for the Lions.

Belfast had outscored Oceanside 12-0 in two regular-season victories.

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