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Playoff push arrives for local teams

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Playoff push arrives for local teams

It's hard to believe, but the field hockey regular season is coming to a close and the golf state championships are being held Saturday. While football, soccer and cross country still have a few weeks later, we're closer to the end of the season than the beginning. Here's a look at where local teams stand:

Football

Brunswick and Morse continued their stellar football seasons last weekend.

The Dragons rolled to a 41-27 victory at Cony to improve to 4-1 and remain right near the top of the Eastern Class A playoff hunt. Brunswick returns to action Friday at Brewer (1-4).

The Shipbuilders' season-opening overtime loss to Waterville seems like a long time ago. Friday night, Morse won 21-14 at Hampden, its fourth straight triumph, to improve to 4-1. The Shipbuilders face a huge showdown Friday when they welcome Leavitt (5-0), the last remaining unbeaten team in Eastern B.

Mt. Ararat dropped to 1-4 last weekend after a 34-3 loss at Lewiston. The Eagles visit Messalonskee (4-1) Friday night.

Boys' soccer

The Brunswick boys' soccer team is 8-1 and second in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings. In recent action, the Dragons defeated host Oxford Hills 2-1 and visiting Lewiston 3-0. Brunswick was at Mt. Ararat Tuesday, visits Erskine Saturday and plays at Morse next Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat is 4-3-2 and eighth in the Heals after a 5-0 home win over Cony and a 2-0 defeat at Edward Little last week. After hosting Brunswick Tuesday, the Eagles visit Oxford Hills Friday and play at Lewiston next Tuesday.

Morse fell to 1-8 with losses last week to Edward Little (6-0) and Erskine (4-2). The Shipbuilders (15th in Eastern A) were home with Oxford Hills Tuesday, play at Cony Friday and host Brunswick next Tuesday.

Girls' soccer

The girls' soccer story continues to be one of triumph.

Brunswick is second in the Eastern A Heals with a 9-0 mark. Last week, the Dragons defeated Oxford Hills 7-1 and Lewiston 4-0. After visiting Mt. Ararat in a showdown Tuesday, Brunswick plays at Erskine Saturday and hosts Morse Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat is right behind Brunswick in third place in the Eastern A Heals with a 5-2-2 mark. Last week, the Eagles were fit to be tied. Twice. Mt. Ararat had a 2-2 draw at Cony and played visiting Edward Little to a 1-1 tie. The Eagles were at Brunswick Tuesday, go to Oxford Hills Friday and host Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

Morse is hanging tough. The Shipbuilders eked out a 1-0 win at Edward Little last Tuesday, then rolled to a 5-0 home triumph over Erskine Friday to improve to 7-2. Morse (fifth in Eastern A) was at Oxford Hills Tuesday, visits Cony Friday and plays at Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

The field hockey regular season comes to a close this weekend and it looks like only Mt. Ararat is playoff bound. The Eagles were seventh (out of 13 teams) in the latest Eastern A Heal Points standings despite losses last week to Lawrence (4-0) and Cony (3-1). Mt. Ararat was at Mt. Blue Tuesday and hosted Morse Thursday, then closes the regular year Friday at Brunswick.

The Dragons entered the week 4-7-1 and 10th in the standings after losing 5-0 to Bangor and 2-0 to Lawrence before settling for a 1-1 home tie with Mt. Blue. Brunswick was at Morse Tuesday and closes against Mt. Ararat.

Morse was 11th in the latest Heals with a 3-8-1 mark. Last week, the Shipbuilders sandwiched shutout losses to Oxford Hills and Messalonskee around a 2-1 win over Edward Little. A home game against Brunswick Tuesday and a trip to Mt. Ararat Thursday brought the curtain down on Morse's season.

Cross country

Brunswick and Morse's cross country teams took part in the Maine Festival of Champions at Belfast last weekend. Brunswick's Will Geoghegan was the first of 563 finishers, setting a new course record with a time of 15 minutes, 33 seconds. The Dragons came in fourth as a team. The Shipbuilders were 17th.

In the girls' race, Brunswick's Kathleen McMahon was seventh individually (19:52.3) as the Dragons placed 12th. Morse came in 31st.

Golf

Brunswick's golf team suffered its first loss of the year last week with a 7-2 setback to Cony in the KVAC tournament. The Dragons looked to secure a berth in Saturday's Class A state match when they competed in the KVAC qualifier Tuesday. The state match is in Vassalboro.

 

Photo: Roger S. Duncan
Morse's Shannon Rice defends her goal against Brunswick sophomore Anne Kelly's backhand shot on Tuesday afternoon. Morse girls field hockey fell to Brunswick, 2-0 at home.

Photo: Roger S. Duncan
Brunswick Senior Erica Paulette rejoices after scoring Brunswick's second goal of the day as the Dragons improved to 5-7-1 on the year.