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After several close calls, only one local team still had a chance to win a spring state championship when the week began and that squad, Brunswick boys’ lacrosse, was looking very good.
The Dragons, the top seed in Eastern Class A after a dominant 12-0 regular season, had no trouble eliminating eighth-ranked rival Mt. Ararat (21-4) in the quarterfinals (ending the Eagles’ season at 4-9) or No. 4 Cheverus (18-8) in the semifinals to advance to meet No. 2 Messalonskee (10-4) in Wednesday’s regional final. Brunswick beat the Eagles in Oakland May 1, 19-12, and at home May 27, 17-13. If the Dragons reach the Class A Final for the second year in a row, they’ll battle either defending champion South Portland (12-1) or Thornton Academy (11-3) Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium at a time to be announced.
Morse, the No. 8 seed in Eastern B, lost, 10-4, to top-ranked Maranacook/Winthrop in the quarterfinals and finished 6-7.
On the girls’ side, Morse earned the top seed in Eastern B, but was upset by No. 4 Freeport in the semifinals Saturday, 17-16. The Shipbuilders let an 11-3 lead slip away and finished 8-5.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat, ranked second, eliminated seventh-ranked Brunswick, 12-7, in the quarterfinals (ending the Dragons’ season at 3-10), then was upset by third-ranked Portland, 10-9, in an overtime thriller Friday in a game played at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Eagles got four goals from Erin Tome, but couldn’t hold an 8-4 lead as their season ended at 12-2.
Brunswick’s baseball team, ranked eighth in Eastern A, survived its preliminary round test, 2-1, over visiting No. 9 Lewiston, then lost to top-ranked Bangor, the defending state champion, 6-0, in the quarterfinals to finish 9-9.
In Western B, Morse, ranked eighth, lost in the preliminary round to No. 9 Lake Region, 1-0, and wound up 7-10.
Morse’s softball team wound up 10th in Western B, but lost its preliminary round game at No. 7 Fryeburg Academy, 12-0 in five innings to wind up 8-9.
Mt. Ararat, seeded ninth in Eastern A, knocked off No. 8 Lawrence in the preliminary round, but was eliminated by No. 1 Messalonskee in the quarterfinals, 6-0, as it wound up 7-11.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ tennis team got to the state final, but fell short of the championship. The Eagles, ranked second in Eastern A, ended Brunswick’s season at 13-2 with a 3-2 win in the regional final, but they wound up 14-2 after losing to repeat champion Falmouth in the state match, 4-1. Morse got to the Western B Final, but lost, 4-1, to eventual champion Cape Elizabeth, to finish 13-2.
Brunswick’s girls team lost to Lewiston, 3-2, in the Eastern A Final and wound up 13-2.
The outdoor track and field season ended Saturday with the New England championship meet in Saco. Brunswick’s Keenan Welzel came in 14th in the boys’ 400 (51.01 seconds). Teammate Christopher Tanner was 21st in the 400 (51.76). Brunswick’s Tessa Cassidy was 10th in the girls’ two-mile (11 minutes, 30.29s econds).
Brunswick’s Christopher Tanner goes full out in the 400 at Saturday’s New England championship meet. Tanner came in 21st.
Mt. Ararat’s Magan Thomas-Copland shadows Portland’s Ella Coose during the teams’ Eastern A semifinal Friday. The Eagles couldn’t hold an 8-4 lead and lost, 10-9, in overtime.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ tennis team was the second best squad in Class A this spring and showed off the runner-up trophy after Saturday’s state match loss to Falmouth.