High school girls lacrosse

Ever so close to victory ... Mariners fall to Maranacook-Winthrop in OT affair

Oceanside then falls to top-ranked Freeport in second game in as many days
By Staff | May 09, 2019

Thomaston — The Oceanside girls lacrosse team has, slowly but surely, continued to improve, to get closer to that elusive first win of the campaign.

That trend continued Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9 in a pair of matches against Maranacook/Winthrop of Readfield Wednesday and against Freeport on Thursday.

The Mariners were downed in convincing fashion — by a 15-2 score — by the Falcons in a road match Thursday, but the Mariners could not have gotten much closer to their first win of the season a day prior against the visiting Black Bears as they rallied to force overtime, but ultimately, came up on the short end of a 9-8 decision at Sam Pendleton Field.

The following is a recap of both games:

Freeport 15, Oceanside 2

At Freeport May 9, the Falcons soared past the Mariners. Freeport led 11-1 at halftime.

Hope Butler and Grace Cody each scored goals for Oceanside, while Meredith Faller (3 goals), Molly Whelan (2 goals), Allison Gredel (2 goals), Paige Rinaldi (2 goals), Hannah Graves (goal), Megan Driscoll (goal), Myah Inson (goal), Maggie Ryan (goal), Ri Tomm (goal) and Savannah Tracy (goal) led the Freeport offense.

Lydia Laslavic made four saves in goal for the visitors.

Mariner coach Angie Vachon admitted Thursday’s game “was a tough contest for the Mariners.”

“Within the first seven minutes they had scored seven goals as they moved quickly into the eight and feeders with a bead for the cutter and some of the fastest release on goal in our class,” she said. “The Mariner defense and our goalie had their work cut out for them.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C, Oceanside (0-5, no points) is 13th, while Freeport (6-1, 27.6389 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maranacook/Winthrop 9, Oceanside 8 (OT)

At Rockland May 8, the Black Bears logged a goal in overtime and edged past the Mariners.

Mattie Hooper led Oceanside with a three-goal, two-assist effort, while Nicole Ladd (goal, 2 assists), Hope Butler (2 goals, assist), Lexie McMahan (goal) and Jackie Daggett (goal) also chipped in offensively for the hosts.

For Maranacook/Winthrop, Anna Drillen scored four goals, while Anna Erb added two and Lexi Delisle, Lillian Voye and Natalie Whitten one.

Lydia Laslavic made an impressive 18 saves in net for the Mariners.

Vachon, who is working with a smaller roster of players this season, said “the teamwork and willingness to shift roles has been beyond what any coach can expect.”

“Jackie Hall, Emma Young, Jackie Daggett, Caileigh Pease, Lexie McMahan and Nicole Ladd all switched and moved seamlessly in their roles for the team,” she said. “Hope Butler was a tremendous anchor for her team in this contest. Her tireless field running, grace under pressure, defensive work and passing continue to be of great value to her teammates. She had a hard penalty shot that lifted the team and gave us a momentum to build on.”

Oceanside trailed 6-2 at halftime, but rallied to force the extra session, which Vachon added “was a great achievement for our roster of girls today.”

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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