Field hockey playoffs underway; soccer, volleyball up next

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Yarmouth boys’ soccer, Yarmouth-Greely girls’ soccer and Falmouth-Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth-Scarborough and Yarmouth-Cape Elizabeth volleyball game stories, with photos, see 

The field hockey playoffs are underway and a couple local teams have already fallen by the wayside.

The soccer and volleyball seasons have wrapped up as well and their postseasons are set to begin.

Here’s a glimpse at what happened last week and what’s to come:

Field hockey

All five local field hockey teams qualified for this year’s playoffs, but two were eliminated in Saturday’s preliminary round.

In Class B South, Freeport finished 6-8 and earned the ninth seed. The Falcons closed the regular season with a 4-0 win over Wells, as Alexa Koenig scored twice and Bailey Coffin and Maya Egan each had one goal.

Freeport went to No. 8 Gray-New Gloucester Saturday for a preliminary round playoff game. The Patriots won the regular season meeting, a 4-3 thriller, Sept. 8 in Gray. The teams had no postseason history. 

The Falcons got off to a great start, getting two first half goals from Koenig, but Gray-New Gloucester got a goal back right before halftime, then tied it in the second half. The game would go to overtime and eventually to a second OT, before the Patriots got a breakaway goal to win, 3-2, ending Freeport’s season at 6-9.

“We dominated the first overtime and had a lot of opportunities, but couldn’t finish,” lamented Falcons coach Marcia Wood. “It was a hard way to end the season. I feel we dominated the game, but just couldn’t finish inside the circle.”

Freeport should be well equipped to contend in 2016.

“We were really young this year, the majority of our team was sophomores and freshmen,” Wood said. “I think after losing (the playoff game) in the dramatic fashion we did, it will hopefully just fuel the underclassmen to come back next year ready to go and build off what we did this year. We have a lot of potential. We just need to put it together and finish games.”

Greely went 5-9 in the regular season, grabbing the 10th and final playoff spot in Class B South. The Rangers went to No. 7 Spruce Mountain for a prelim Saturday for the first-ever playoff meeting between the schools, who don’t play in the regular season.

Greely couldn’t generate any offense and despite a strong game from goalie Lizzie Brown (15 saves), the Rangers did surrender one goal and lost, 1-0, as their season ended at 5-10.

Yarmouth earned the No. 2 seed in Class B South after its 11-2-1 regular season ended with a 1-0 overtime win at Traip Academy last week. Abby McDowell had the goal. The Clippers hosted Spruce Mountain (10-5) in the quarterfinals Tuesday (see for game story). The teams had no history.

If Yarmouth was able to advance, it would host either No. 3 Fryeburg Academy (11-3) or No. 6 Leavitt (9-5) in Saturday’s semifinal round. The Clippers and Hornets have no history. Yarmouth edged visiting Fryeburg Academy, 3-2, back on Sept. 18. The teams have met just once previously in the postseason, a 1-0 Clippers’ victory in the 2001 Western B quarterfinals.

In Class A South, Falmouth wound up 9-5 and seventh after a 6-0 home win over Cape Elizabeth in its finale. Bella Libby scored twice, while Kate Kelley, Maddie Rouhana, Devon Sarazin and Lisa Smoluk also scored. 

The Yachtsmen had to host No. 10 Bonny Eagle in the preliminary round Saturday. The teams had no playoff history and don’t meet in the regular season. Falmouth shot to a 2-0 lead behind first half goals from Kelley and Keunjoo Kim. The Scots roared back, however, tied the score in the final minute, then almost won it in overtime, but the Yachtsmen, behind goalie Elizabeth Amadei, hung in and the contest was decided on penalty corners where Sydney Bell came through with a score that gave Falmouth a 3-2 victory.

The Yachtsmen advanced to visit No. 2 Scarborough (12-2), the defending Class A champion, in the quarterfinals Wednesday night (see for game story). The teams don’t play in the regular season and had no playoff history.

If Falmouth was able to spring the upset, it would go to No. 3 Thornton Academy (12-2) or No. 6 Marshwood (10-3-1) for the semifinals Saturday. The Yachtsmen didn’t face either team this year. Last season, Falmouth lost, 2-1, at the Golden Trojans in the quarterfinals. The Yachtsmen have never played the Hawks in the postseason.

In Class C South, North Yarmouth Academy won its final seven games, capped by a 5-1 home victory over the McAuley-Waynflete co-op team, to go 10-4. Emma Cohen, Kiersten Marr, Amber Rose, MacKenzie Sangster and Callie Sturgeon all rattled the cage. 

The Panthers earned the No. 5 seed and went to fourth-ranked Mountain Valley (9-5) for the quarterfinals Tuesday. The teams had no history.

If NYA advanced, it would either go to top-ranked Dirigo (13-1) or host No. 8 Lisbon (5-9) in the semifinals Saturday. The Panthers don’t play either team in the regular season, but do have playoff history with both.

NYA is 3-1 all-time in the postseason versus Dirigo, with a 3-1 win in the 2012 semifinals the most recent. The Panthers are also 3-1 all-time against Lisbon with a 2-1 victory (in three rounds of penalty corners) in the 2013 regional final the most recent.

The regional finals for all classes are Tuesday of next at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The state games are Saturday, Oct. 31 at the University of Maine in Orono.

Boys’ soccer

All five local boys’ soccer teams are playoff-bound and all had a key test remaining to close the regular season.

Defending Class B champion Yarmouth hosted a pair of teams last week that the Clippers vanquished en route to the crown in 2014, beating Gray-New Gloucester (3-0) and settling for a 1-1 draw against Greely. Patrick Grant went wild versus the Patriots, scoring his first career hat trick. Against the Rangers, Andrew Beatty scored on a gorgeous 35-yard blast to put the Clippers ahead, but Greely tied the score and that’s how it ended.

“My high school coach used to say a tie is like kissing your sister,” said Yarmouth coach Mike Hagerty. “It was an interesting game and we learned a lot tonight.”

The Clippers (11-1-1 and second behind Maranacook in the Class B South Heal Points standings at press time) closed with a showdown at Falmouth Tuesday (see for game story). Yarmouth projects to finish second, then will embark on what it hopes is another title run.

“I think (Yarmouth and Greely are) the two best teams and hopefully we’ll play in the (Western Maine Final),” Hagerty said. “In a perfect world, we’d stay 2 and they’d drop to 4, but I think we’re going to be 2 and 3.”

Greely continued its surge with a 10-1 romp at Lake Region before settling for the 1-1 tie at the Clippers.

“We competed,” said Rangers coach Mike Andreasen. “We had chances. We’ve closed the gap.” 

Greely (7-3-3 and fourth in Class B South) closed at home versus York Tuesday. A win likely moved the Rangers into the third spot for the playoffs.

“Now it looks like we’ll have to play (Yarmouth) in the (semifinals), which is unfortunate,” Andreasen said.

Elsewhere in the region, Freeport was 4-7-2 and 10th (12 teams make the playoffs) after a 3-0 home loss to Falmouth, a 3-0 home win over Poland and a 1-1 home tie versus Traip Academy last week. Caiden Shea, Bryce Schmidt and Eriksen Shea had the goals against the Knights. In the draw, Yacob Olins had the goal. The Falcons closed the regular season at Waynflete Tuesday (see for game story).

In Class A South, Falmouth improved to 10-2-1 and third in the Heals after wins last week at Freeport (3-0) and Kennebunk (4-1). Against the Falcons, Nate Arrants, Olin Rhoades and Jonah Spiegel had the goals. Arrants, Brody Lycan, Matt Polewaczyk and Ben Wuesthoff scored against the Rams. The Yachtsmen closed at home versus Yarmouth Tuesday.

In Class C South, NYA was 9-4 and fourth after a 2-0 win at Richmond and a 3-1 victory at Wells last week. Bobby Murray and Thomas Pitts scored against Richmond. Murray, Pitts and Joe Strabley tickled the twine against the Warriors. The Panthers closed the regular season at home versus Poland Tuesday.

The playoffs begin Friday and Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. All games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ soccer

Greely’s girls’ soccer team is undefeated no more, courtesy the surging Yarmouth Clippers. Saturday afternoon, the Clippers hosted the Rangers on Senior Day and sprung an upset.

Yarmouth, coming off a 2-0 win at Gray-New Gloucester (Katie Clemmer and Hannah Merrill had the goals and goalkeeper Meredith Lane had a shutout), took a 2-0 first half lead against the Rangers behind goals from Clemmer and Sara D’Apppolonia. Greely got a goal back just before halftime when senior standout Jocelyn Mitiguy scored, but the Clippers’ defense held on from there and Yarmouth won, 2-1.

“All we needed to do was go as hard as we could from start to finish and I think that’s what we did in this game,” Clemmer said.

“We just had to work together and have combinations out of the back,” D’Appolonia said. “Possession is key. This game showed what teamwork can do.”

“Our defense worked really well together today,” senior defensive standout Lauren Bartlett said. “It’s been solid throughout. We just had to play for each other every second of the game. We all really, really wanted it. It was fun and it’s great to win.”  

“We’ve had some tough ties and losses, but we’ve moved forward,” Yarmouth coach Rich Smith added. “We knew when the time came, we’d get our goals and we did tonight.”

The Clippers (6-4-3 and fourth in the Class B South Heal Points standings at press time) closed at rival Falmouth Tuesday.

Greely, which had beaten visiting Lake Region, 4-0 (behind two goals from Izzy Hutnak and one apiece from Mitiguy and Lily Black) fell to 12-1 after the loss to Yarmouth.

“Yarmouth deserved this one,” said Rangers coach Josh Muscadin. “I give them all the credit. They came out very, very strong. We were flat. It’s a lesson and hopefully we’ll learn it. We did not come out to play.”

Greely, which has the top seed in Class B South locked up, closed at York Tuesday.

Freeport was 3-8-2 and 14th (only 12 teams make the playoffs) after sandwiching losses at Falmouth (4-1) and Traip Academy (1-0) around a 2-2 tie at Poland. Jordan Randall scored against the Yachtsmen. The Falcons closed at home versus Waynflete Tuesday.

In Class A South, Falmouth entered Tuesday’s home finale versus Yarmouth with a 7-4-2 and sixth after a 4-1 home win over Freeport and a 3-1 home victory over Kennebunk last week. Tyler Spence and Amelia Waite both scored twice against the Falcons. In the win over the Rams, Waite had two goals and Spence one. 

In Class C South, NYA enjoyed a 5-0 home win over Old Orchard Beach last week. Emily Baker had two goals, while Isabelle See, Emily Taylor and Adrienne Tracy all had one. The Panthers then finished 2-12 after a 2-1 loss at Poland Monday. Isabelle Coleman had the goal. NYA was 12th in the standings (only 11 teams make the playoffs).

The playoffs begin Friday and Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. All games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.


All four local volleyball teams are heading to the postseason.

Greely took the No. 2 spot in Class A after closing with 3-0 wins over visiting Biddeford (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) and at Cony. The 11-3 Rangers will be a force in the upcoming postseason. 

Falmouth will be third after finishing 10-4. Last week, the Yachtsmen lost in three sets at defending Class A champion Cape Elizabeth (23-25, 10-25, 24-26), then rallied for a thrilling five-set (25-23, 17-25, 16-25, 25-16, 15-13) home victory over Scarborough on Senior Night.

Against the Capers, Amanda Watson had 18 assists and Lydia Farmer and Julia Treadwell both had eight kills, but it wasn’t enough.

“We couldn’t get it to click today,” said Yachtsmen coach Molly Northway. “It was a struggle to play against them. 

In the win, Treadwell was transcendent, producing 11 kills, 11 blocks and 13 service points.

“It was a really good win,” Treadwell said. “It was really important to me and all the seniors. We have a really close team. The underclassmen were playing for us.”

“That was fun, but it was so stressful,” Northway said. “We had a big chat after the terrible loss to Cape the other night. The girls had to dig deep today and they did, I’m so proud of them.”

Yarmouth finished 10-4 after 3-0 wins at home versus Cony (25-9, 25-10, 26-24) and at Biddeford (25-21, 25-22, 25-22) and a 3-1 home loss to Cape Elizabeth (25-20, 18-25, 24-26, 21-25). Rachel Chillé had 15 kills, Alison Clark finished with 11 and Heather Clark had nine in the victory over the Tigers. In the loss, Alison Clark led the way with 15 kills, Heather Clark had 11 kills and nine blocks and Liz Clark finished with 29 assists, but the Clippers couldn’t finish off a top foe.

“We played them tough the whole way,” Yarmouth coach Jim Senecal said. “We came out very, very aggressive. It was very close. It comes down to knowing how to finish and getting over the hump. We’ve had situations like that, but we haven’t been able to finish. It’s too bad, but credit Cape. They came into our gym and we were fired up and the place was loud, but they did a great job.”

The Clippers likely finished eighth or ninth and will have to compete in a preliminary round match Thursday. If victorious, it’s likely Yarmouth has to go to Cape Elizabeth for the quarterfinals Saturday.

“We know we’re a very good team,” Senecal said. “We’re right there with the top teams and can play with anybody. We’re ready to start a second season.”

In Class B, NYA finished 8-6 and sixth after a 3-0 (22-25, 32-34, 21-25) loss to Bonny Eagle in its finale. The Panthers will likely be the No. 6 seed and will have to travel Down East for a quarterfinal round match Saturday.

The playoffs start with the preliminary round Thursday. Quarterfinals are Saturday and the semifinals are Wednesday. Each of those rounds will be hosted by the higher seeded teams. The state finals are Saturday, Oct. 31. Class B will be held at Mt. Desert Island. The Class A match is at South Portland High School.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Sidebar Elements

Yarmouth’s Lauren Bartlett leaps into the arms of goalie Meredith Lane as the Clippers celebrate Saturday’s 2-1 upset win of previously undefeated Greely.

Yarmouth’s Patrick Grant heads the ball past Greely defender Dylan Fried during the teams’ 1-1 draw Saturday.

Falmouth senior Julia Treadwell soars for a kill during the Yachtsmen’s palpitating five-set win over Scarborough last week.

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