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The exciting playoff run of the Falmouth girls’ hockey team came to an end last Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to eventual state champion Cheverus in the West Region Final at the Portland Ice Arena.
The Yachtsmen finished 9-5-4 in the regular season and earned the No. 3 seed. They then enjoyed a stirring come-from-behind 3-2 win over No. 2 Scarborough in the semifinals, scoring three times in latter portion of the third period, capped by senior Nicole Foley’s game-winner.
Cheverus entered the regional final with an 18-0 record and had rarely been tested this winter. The teams did not square off in the regular season.
Falmouth managed to keep the Stags’ potent offense at bay in the first period and surrendered just one goal in the second, but Cheverus finally got some separation in the third, scoring twice, and the Yachtsmen couldn’t answer. Despite a strong game from senior goalie Jen Greene (23 saves), Falmouth’s season ended at 10-6-4 with a 3-0 loss.
“Cheverus is a team with a lot of offense and great defense and goalkeeping,” said first-year Yachtsmen coach Rob Carrier. “The longer you can hold them off, the better chance you have of winning. Their seniors have played together for a long time.
“It was a feeling-out process for a good portion of November and December with a new coach. I didn’t know the girls before-hand. We became more comfortable with each other. The girls had to learn a whole new system. They worked hard and came together and put together a nice playoff run.”
Falmouth will lose some key players, but should once again be in the mix in 2010-2011.
“We’re graduating six, but we have a fair number coming back,” Carrier said. “I’m not sure what there is for eighth graders. We’ll have to work hard next year to get back to this point.”
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