Portland recap: Action sizzles as spring season hits home stretch
Continued dominance by familiar powers highlighted the week that was. Here's the latest:
Girls' lacrosse: Waynflete has no peer
(Ed. Note: For full game stories on both Waynflete games last week, please visit our Web site: theforecaster.net).
The Waynflete Flyers girls' lacrosse team entered last week eager for a challenge after destroying its first five foes by a composite 75-22 margin.
Despite hosting two top Western A contenders, the Flyers are still looking for a test.
Last Tuesday, Waynflete welcomed Scarborough and never let the Red Storm entertain hopes of competing, racing to an 11-3 halftime lead en route to an 18-6 victory behind five goals and three assists from junior birthday girl Morgan Woodhouse, four goals and two assists from senior All-American Mariah Monks and three goals each from senior Ellie Cole (who also had three helpers) and junior Amy Allen.
For the game, the Flyers won 17 of 25 draws, outshot Scarborough 29-20 and forced 17 turnovers.
"I didn't expect to win by 12," said Flyers coach Cathie Connors. "(Scarborough's) strong and very fast. We were specific about getting after them off the draw and moving the ball around. We needed to pop the first few in quickly."
"I think we worked really hard on getting pumped up before the game and making everyone on the team look really good and I think that helped us connect together," added Cole. "We work hard on keeping it spread out. Cathie encourages assists instead of just goals. That's what she values. That helps us look for other people."
Last Thursday, Waynflete hosted longtime rival Kennebunk and while the game was a little tighter, the Flyers were again in control throughout in a 10-4 win.
This time, junior first-year goalie Sasha Timpson stood tall, stopping 15 shots in her most challenging game to date. The offense was paced by Allen, who led Waynflete with three goals. Cole and Monks both had two goals and three assists.
"Kennebunk is really strong," said Timpson. "Having a close game really helped us. We hadn't been under consistent pressure the entire time. It's good for us to know we can maintain our focus under that pressure."
"We would have been lost without Sasha," Connors added. "She was definitely a key. Our defense and Sasha kept us in it. That's her best game so far."
Waynflete took a 7-0 mark, the top spot in the latest coaches' poll and the No. 1 ranking in the latest Western Class B Heal Points standings into a game at Deering Tuesday (too late for print). Thursday, the Flyers play at a Cape Elizabeth squad which could provide its stiffest opposition in the region. Tuesday, Waynflete is at Cheverus.
Elsewhere, Cheverus got back in the win column Friday, bouncing back from losses at Cape Elizabeth (15-6) and at home to Falmouth (14-9) by downing host Greely 11-5. Junior Emily Van Duzer, who had five goals against the Yachtsmen, had three in the victory, as did sophomore Mary Dempsey. The Stags (2-4) snapped a four-game skid. Cheverus is idle until Thursday, then has a huge back-to-back test when it hosts undefeated North Yarmouth Academy and plays at talented Yarmouth in a little over a 24-hour span. Next Tuesday, the Stags host Waynflete.
Deering is still seeking its first win. The Rams lost by 12-3 scores to NYA and Greely, then fell 13-4 at home to Yarmouth Friday to fall to 0-4. Senior Natalie Mitchell had all three goals against the Rangers. Senior Louisa Gemmer scored three times against the Clippers. After hosting Waynflete Tuesday (too late for print), Deering is home with York Thursday, goes to Falmouth Saturday, then hosts Massabesic next Tuesday.
McAuley suffered its third one-goal loss of the season, 9-8, at home to Sanford last Tuesday, then improved to 1-4 Friday with an 18-5 victory at Fryeburg behind six goals from senior Gina Johnson and four from senior Skylyn Hilton, who also had four against the Redskins. The Lions were at Freeport Monday and home with Wells Tuesday (both games were played too late for print). Thursday, McAuley goes to Noble and the Lions visit Westbrook Friday.
Portland dropped to .500 at 3-3 after recent home losses to Westbrook (11-5) and Gorham (12-6). Junior Nancy McAdam scored three times in the game against the Rams. The Bulldogs were home with South Portland Tuesday (too late for print), play at Bonny Eagle Saturday and visit Thornton Academy Tuesday.
Boys' lacrosse: First win for Deering
On the boys' side, while Portland faced two powerhouses in a three-day span (please see story, page 15), the young Deering Rams got to taste victory for the first time Saturday afternoon. The Rams, who lost their first five games, including a 9-4 setback at South Portland last Tuesday, had enough to hold off visiting York 6-4, thanks to two goals from sophomore Matt Thomes and 16 saves from senior goalie Chris Quattrucci. Deering was at Marshwood Monday (too late for print), visits Freeport Wednesday and hosts NYA Friday.
Cheverus improved to 3-3 Friday with a 13-4 win at Noble, its second in a row. The Stags were led by five goals from senior Ryan McQuaid and three more from freshman Tyler Bishop. Cheverus was at York Monday (too late for print), hosts defending Class A champion Scarborough Wednesday, then welcomes Kennebunk in a playoff rematch Saturday.
In Western B Saturday, the Flyers of Waynflete bounced back from last Wednesday's 12-6 loss at Thornton Academy with a 13-1 home romp over Fryeburg Academy. Junior Miles Beavin scored four times. Waynflete (4-2) had a big test at NYA Monday (too late for print), visits Biddeford Wednesday and hosts South Portland Friday.
Baseball: All-Deering, all-the-time
Turning to hardball, the two-time defending Class A state champion Deering Rams continue to play it better than anyone. The Rams blitzed visiting Kennebunk 11-1 (in five innings) last Tuesday, held off host Cheverus 8-5 Thursday, then improved to 8-0 Saturday by breaking open a tight game with an eight-run fifth inning en route to a 12-4 home win over Gorham. The Rams hosted South Portland Monday and went to Massabesic Tuesday (both games were played too late for print), visit Portland Thursday, play at Biddeford Saturday and host Sanford Tuesday of next week.
Cheverus is heating up. The Stags have won five of six, including a 13-3 (five inning) home victory over Gorham Friday and a 4-3 win at South Portland Saturday. Cheverus (6-3) was at Biddeford Tuesday (too late for print), plays host to Windham Thursday and Sanford Saturday, then goes to Portland next Tuesday.
The Bulldogs continued their up-and-down season last week. After falling 1-0 at home to Scarborough and 5-4 at Marshwood, Portland downed visiting Biddeford 10-7 in a slugfest Thursday, then improved to 5-4 Saturday after a 8-5 home win over Massabesic. The Bulldogs were at Gorham Tuesday (too late for print), host Deering Thursday, welcome Thornton Academy Saturday and play host to Cheverus Tuesday of next week.
In Western C, Waynflete snapped a five-game skid Friday with a dramatic 9-8 home victory over Sacopee. The Flyers rallied from five-runs down to eke out the win, thanks in large part to the dramatics of senior Zohar Azoulay, who homered, drove in three runs and scored the game-winner. Waynflete (2-6) was home against Old Orchard Beach Monday (too late for print), plays at NYA Wednesday.
Softball: No-hit Bell tolls for Deering
On the girls' side of the diamond, the Deering Rams have struggled to win consistently this spring, but they did enjoy a magical afternoon last Thursday when they blanked Cheverus 4-0 behind senior Melissa Bell's no-hitter. If that wasn't dramatic enough, senior Heather Muzzy launched a three-run home run. Friday, however, the Rams fell to 2-8 after a 3-2 loss at Bonny Eagle. Deering was home with McAuley Monday (too late for print), visits Sanford Wednesday and plays host to Kennebunk Friday.
Cheverus bounced back from the no-hitter with a 6-3 home win over Westbrook Friday to improve to 6-3 on the year. The Stags were at Windham Monday (too late for print), host Noble Wednesday and play at Marshwood Friday.
McAuley's losing skid hit five Friday after a 6-0 home loss to Kennebunk. The Lions hoped to right their ship Monday (too late for print) when they went to Deering. Wednesday, McAuley is home with Westbrook. Friday, the Lions play at Windham.
Portland fell to 1-9 Friday after a 6-0 home loss to Noble. The Bulldogs looked to end a three-game losing streak Monday (too late for print) when they went to Marshwood. After hosting Gorham Wednesday, Portland is at Massabesic Thursday.
Track: Regular season finales arrive
Local outdoor track and field teams will wrap up their regular seasons this week.
Deering's girls hosted Cheverus (which has won every meet to date), McAuley, Portland and South Portland Monday (too late for print).
Cheverus and Portland's boys, along with South Portland, also competed at Deering Monday.
Waynflete wraps up its regular season Friday at Lake Region.
Tennis: Portland girls win two more
On the hardcourts, while the tennis singles tournament was getting underway (please see story, page 15), team play continued to produce victories.
The Portland girls continue to set the tone and tread in uncharted waters. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 mark to Kennebunk Monday (too late for print). Portland enjoyed a huge 4-1 win at Scarborough last Tuesday, then blanked visiting Thornton Academy 5-0 Friday. Portland's boys' team is 2-5 following a 3-2 loss at Thornton Academy Friday.
Cheverus' boys took a 6-0 mark into Monday's battle of unbeatens with visiting Scarborough (too late for print). The Stags' most recent win was a 5-0 triumph at Biddeford Friday. Cheverus' girls got their first win Friday, 3-2, over visiting Biddeford, to improve to 1-6.
Deering's boys snapped a two-match losing skid Friday with a 3-2 win at Bonny Eagle to improve to 5-3. The girls improved to 4-3 by blanking visiting Bonny Eagle, 5-0.
McAuley improved to 7-1 with its sixth successive win Friday, 5-0, at Windham.
In Western C, the Waynflete boys continue to run roughshod over all opponents, regardless of class. The defending state champion Flyers improved to 9-0 Friday with a 5-0 win at Western B favorite Yarmouth. The girls made it five straight match wins and eight out of nine Monday with a home victory over Yarmouth.
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