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Despite valiant efforts and some heartstopping games, only one local spring sports team, Brunswick girls’ lacrosse, was still standing at press time.
Brunswick’s girls’ lacrosse team, which fell short of the state final in 2010, is looking to make its fifth appearance in six years Saturday.
The Dragons, 9-3, in the regular season, which was still good for the top seed in Eastern Class A, got past No. 4 Mt. Ararat in a semifinal thriller, 13-12, holding on for dear life down the stretch. The Eagles’ season ended at 8-6. Mt. Ararat had downed No. 5 Portland in the quarterfinals, 12-9.
Brunswick hosted Cinderella Cheverus (5-9), the No. 6 seed in Wednesday’s Eastern A Final. The Stags were 1-9 entering the final week of the regular season, but upset Windham and Gorham to earn enough Heal Points to garner the final spot. Cheverus then upset Messalonskee and Cony to advance.
The teams have no playoff history and didn’t meet this year.
If Brunswick was able to move on, it will face either defending Class A champion Scarborough (12-1) or familiar state final foe Kennebunk (12-2) in the state final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Dragons lost to the Red Storm in overtime in the 2006 state game and beat the Rams to win both the 2008 and 2009 titles.
All three local boys’ lacrosse teams fell in the quarterfinals.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, seeded fifth, gave No.4 Portland fits for three quarters, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth to win, 15-6, ending the Dragons’ year at 6-7.
Mt. Ararat, seeded sixth, dropped a 17-6 decision at No. 3 Messalonskee and finished 6-7.
Morse, fifth in Eastern B, was no match for No. 4 North Yarmouth Academy and lost, 12-1, to wind up 7-6.
Brunswick’s baseball team, the No. 5 seed in Eastern A, sprung a minor upset in the quarterfinals, beating No. 4 Mt. Blue, 5-4, in eight innings, last Wednesday. The Dragons were eliminated in the semifinals Saturday, 4-0, at top-ranked Lewiston and finished the year 11-7.
The title dreams of the undefeated Brunswick girls’ tennis team were vanquished last Wednesday after the Dragons dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to No. 2 Lewiston in the regional final. Brunswick finished the year 13-1.
Brunswick’s Mike Slovenski stole the show at the 66th annual New England outdoor track and field championships in Burlington, Vt., winning the pole vault with a top clearance of 15 feet, 3 inches.
Mt. Ararat’s Jamie Rosenberg came in 14th in the javelin (156-7). Andy Reifman-Packett was 18th in the mile (4:31.92).
On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat’s Randi London was 11th in the shot put (36-10.5) and 19th in the discus (98-10).
Brunswick defenders Kelsey Jenquine (16) and Corinne O’Connor crunch Mt. Ararat captain Heather Bolduc in front of goalie Molly Herman Saturday. The Dragons edged the Eagles, 13-12, to reach the Class A girls’ lacrosse final.
Brunswick sophomore Dakota Foster breaks out of her own end with Mt Ararat’s Haley Michaud in front of her. The Eagles almost pulled off an epic late rally, but fell one goal short.