Busline League field hockey

Seventh heaven: Cagey Lions too talented for Mariners en route to stick crown

Unbeaten Lions finish 10-0, outscore opponents 75-2, capture seventh straight title
By Staff | Oct 20, 2017
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer The Troy Howard Middle School field hockey team, Busline League champion for 2017.

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.

Troy Howard has won seven straight league championships.

Photos from this game will appear later with this story.

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

Oceanside finished 8-4.

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 (remainder of name unavailable), 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 Sara McIntire Bryant.

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 talked to her young student-athletes about the postseason being different, it is a clean slate for all teams. She 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.

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

The Lion coach also said Hall, Seekins and Gaiero played "awesome" defense.

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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