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Lions too cagey for Mariners in Busline League field hockey championship

Unbeaten THMS finishes 10-0, outscore opponents 75-2, capture sixth straight title
By Staff | Oct 26, 2017
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Oceanside's Haley Black.

Belfast — In what essentially has become a rite of fall — mid-October to be exact — the Troy Howard Middle School field hockey has an annual date with destiny. Make that a date with another unbeaten season and the Busline League championship.

That scenario played out again this year as the No. 1 Lions beat No. 2 Oceanside of Thomaston/Rockland 4-0 in the league title game on Thursday, Oct. 19 at THMS.

THMS has won six straight league championships and been unbeaten three straight seasons. The team has won at least 36 consecutive games, said Lion coach Sara McIntire Bryant.

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The Lions, who finished 10-0 this season, again dominated opponents, as they finished with 75 goals scored and only two allowed — one each to Camden Hills and Oceanside.

Oceanside finished 8-4.

Troy Howard won league titles in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Camden-Rockport won in 2011.

Troy Howard includes Emily Abbott, Maddie Coates, Natalie Curry, Tallulah Desrochers, Grace Hall, Alexia Hopkins, Hunter Kronholm, Reagan Seekins, Madison Shorey, Haley Wood, Kendra Wood, Taylor Lemon, Hailey Libby, Krista Staples, Audra Faulkingham, Mia Fay, Chelsea Gaiero, Lauren Hall, Macey Morse, Trinity Paquin, Kara Richards, Rachel Richards, Paige Rollerson, Mia Winslow, Abbie Watts, Mallory Morse, Kim Berry and Danielle Hickock. The team is coached by Bryant and Brianna Brennick.

Oceanside includes Allison Colburn, Collette Black, Haley Black, Kaylee Griffin, Keyana Kassa, Cassidy Novicka, Maddy Ripley, Maria Protheroe, Holly Davis, Geneva Alley, Erin Stevenson, Hannah Grindle and Winter Adams. The team is coached by Allison Ward.

Desrochers scored three goals, two in the first half to give the Lions a 2-0 lead at the break, and Hopkins one to put the champs over the top. Hall, Seekins and Gaiero added assists. Shorey made four saves in the cage for THMS.

Bryant said before the game she and coach Brennick talked to the young student-athletes about the postseason being different, it is a clean slate for all teams and no opponent should be taken for granted. She told them they need to play "Belfast field hockey. Play hard and to play smart."

Bryant said she discussed with her team at halftime that a 2-0 advantage is the most dangerous lead and that the Lions needed to play like they were behind. Legendary Lion field hockey coach Allen Holmes also spoke to the team at the break and told they needed to win the second half.

"Oceanside came out strong and played a great, competitive game," she said.

Bryant also said Hall, Seekins and Gaiero played "awesome" defense.

Bryant said the THMS field hockey program thought about two teams, as they had done in the past. "But numbers where short so we decided to have 'one big happy family' this year. As the year progressed we gained five more players. We work really hard for a middle school team. Our goal is to get them prepared for the high school level. We tell them that we prepared one of the toughest practice plans not to punish them but to make them better. We told them they work hard, they play hard and they will get the results they want, and they did.

"We also had fun which makes this season memorable. This group of girls had a lot of passion and determination. They strive to improve and eager to learn more. We are excited what this group of eighth graders will bring to the high school level. We believe that they will be a huge asset to the program. We are also looking forward to the large group of incoming fifth graders who have been playing together since kindergarden."

Mariner coach Ward said, "We had an exciting season with a pretty young team. The eighth-graders were Maria Protheroe, Erin Stevenson, Keyana Kassa and Hayley Black. Hayley and Keyana did an awesome job in their first year playing and I look forward to seeing them continue to improve in high school. Maria and Erin were our captains this year and were great leaders throughout the season. Collette Black was our high scorer this season. The rest of our team had a excellent season, and they all seem excited for next year."

The final regular-season standings (not all records were available) included: Troy Howard 8-0, Oceanside 7-3, Boothbay 6-4, Camden-Rockport ‘A’ 4-6, Nobleboro and Camden-Rockport ‘B’ 0-6.

Troy Howard and Oceanside, the top seeds, received first-round playoff byes.

In the quarterfinals, No. 3 Boothbay beat No. 6 Camden-Rockport "B" and No. 4 Camden-Rockport "A" beat No. 5 Nobleboro. In the semifinals, No. 1 Troy Howard beat No. 4 Camden-Rockport "A" 8-0 and No. 2 Oceanside beat No. 3 Boothbay 5-1.

The top-ranked Lions have won the league championship the past seven seasons and in most years over the decades.

The following is a recap of previous reported playoff results:

No. 1 Troy Howard 8, No. 4 Camden-Rockport 'A' 0

At Belfast Oct. 17, the defending champion Lions mauled the Schooners to clinch a berth in the all-important title game. The Lions have outscored opponents 67-2 this season.

Leading the Lion offense were Reagan Seekins (goal), Audra Faulkingham (goal), Grace Hall (2 goals), Chelsea Gaiero (goal), Hunter Kronholm (goal), Lexi Hopkins (goal) and Tallulah Desrochers (goal).

Maddy Shorey made two saves in the cage for Troy Howard.

No. 2 Oceanside 5, No. 3 Boothbay 1

At Rockland Oct. 17, the Mariners sailed into the title game with a triumph over the Wildcats.

Colette Black banged the cage four times in the victory for the hosts, while Winter Adams also added a goal.

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

Oceanside and Troy Howard middle school field hockey
Troy Howard and Oceanside middle school field hockey on Oct. 19 in Belfast (Video by: Holly Vanose Spicer)
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Oceanside's Haley Black (front). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Haley Black, Allison Colburn, Hannah Grindle and Cassidy Novicka. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Kaylee Griffin. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Haley Black. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Kaylee Griffin. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Winter Adams. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Winter Adams. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Maddy Ripley. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Maddy Ripley.
Oceanside's Maddy Ripley. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Kaylee Griffin. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Erin Stevenson, left, and Winter Adams. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Geneva Alley. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Geneva Alley and Keyana Kassa. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Kaylee Griffin. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Erin Stevenson. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Kaylee Griffin. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Collette Black. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Oceanside's Erin Stevenson and Troy Howard's Jeff Lovejoy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Collette Black, Cassidy Novicka, Erin Stevenson and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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