(Editor’s note: For the complete Greely-Lake Region field hockey game story, please visit theforecaster.net)
The month of October has arrived.
The month of champions.
The first hardware will be handed out Monday when golf crowns its state champions. The other fall sports are also winding down their regular season and the drama is palpable.
Here’s a glimpse at where things stand:
The Southern Maine Activities Association held its state match qualifier Monday and since they play up in Class A, Falmouth and Greely took part.
The Yachtsmen (8-2 in the regular season) had already qualified as a division winner. Monday, they shot a 320 to tie Gorham for fourth (Deering, Cheverus and Scarborough went 1-2-3). Individually, Matt Packard shot a 75 and Will Bucklin 78 to qualify for the individual state match. Also scoring for Falmouth were Nick Franco (82) and Joseph Lesniak (85).
The Rangers (7-2) wound up sixth with a 328 and fell short of qualifying as a team. Kyle Megathlin (79) did qualify as an individual. Other Greely scorers included Kyle Bickford (82), Bailey Train (83) and Chadd Crosson (84).
Western Maine Conference schools held their qualifier Wednesday. Freeport ended the regular season 3-8 and Yarmouth went 7-2.
The team state matches are Monday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The individual boys’ and girls’ championships are Oct. 15, also at Natanis.
Local boys’ soccer teams continue to do their thing.
Yarmouth took a 7-2-1 record, an eight-game unbeaten streak and the No. 2 spot in the latest Western Class B Heal Points standings (behind York) into Tuesday night’s showdown at Cape Elizabeth (see theforecaster.net for the game story). The most recent win came Saturday, 4-2, at Poland. Ethan Cyr and Ben Decker had first half goals, but the Knights answered both times to make it a 2-2 contest at the half. Ryan Maguire gave the Clippers the lead for good in the second half and Eamon Costello accounted for the final score with a late tally.
Yarmouth hosts North Yarmouth Academy Thursday, then has a week off before a showdown at Falmouth.
Speaking of the Yachtsmen, they’re up to third in Western B at 6-1-1 after recent wins at Fryeburg (1-0) and at home over Freeport (4-0). J.P. White had the goal against the Raiders and scored three times against the Falcons. Falmouth was at Greely Tuesday, hosts Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, plays at Freeport Monday and visits York next Wednesday.
Freeport had a week off before Monday’s loss at Falmouth dropped it to 5-4-1 and fifth in the Heals. The Falcons welcome Fryeburg Thursday and Falmouth Monday.
In Western A, Greely took a 4-5-1 mark and the No. 7 ranking into a home showdown with Falmouth Tuesday. The Rangers were coming off a 3-0 victory at Gray-New Gloucester, where Ted Hart, Will McAdoo and Paul Witte had the goals. Greely goes to Lake Region Thursday and hosts NYA Tuesday.
Speaking of the Panthers, they began the week 4-4-2 and eighth in Western C. NYA pummeled host Wells, 11-2, then lost at home to rival Waynflete, 2-1, last week. In the win, Ryan Rousseau erupted for five goals. D.J. Nicholas had the lone goal against the Flyers. The Panthers were home against Buckfield Tuesday, go to Yarmouth Thursday and visit Greely Tuesday of next week.
Greely’s girls’ soccer team continues to roll.
The Rangers defeated visiting Gray-New Gloucester (2-0) and host Falmouth (2-1) last week to improve to 9-1 and second in the Western A Heals. Audrey Parolin had both goals against the Patriots and Lindsey Arsenault made four saves for the shutout. Sammi Toorish and Leah Young had goals at the Yachtsmen. Caton Beaulieu stopped 12 shots to preserve the victory.
“It was a good game for both teams,” said Greely coach Michael Kennedy. “We probably controlled the possession and outshot them, 19-9. We scored two beautiful goals.”
The Rangers were at Fryeburg Tuesday, host Lake Region Thursday and play at NYA Tuesday of next week.
Falmouth has been able to beat everyone but Greely and began the week 6-2-1 (third behind Morse and York in the Western B Heals). The Yachtsmen did blank visiting Fryeburg, 5-0, last Wednesday, as Caitlin Bucksbaum scored twice. Bucksbaum also had the goal in the loss to Greely. Falmouth was at Freeport Tuesday, hosts Gray-New Gloucester Thursday and goes to rival York next Tuesday.
Yarmouth began the week ninth in the Heals with a 3-6 mark. The Clippers had their game at Wells last Thursday postponed by weather and moved to Monday of next week. Yarmouth hosted Poland Tuesday and welcomes NYA Thursday.
Freeport snapped a five-game skid Friday with a 3-1 victory at Fryeburg. The Falcons (4-6 and 10th in Western B) hosted Falmouth Tuesday, then go to Wells next Tuesday.
In Western C, NYA (1-8 and 13th in the Heals) fell 5-0 at Old Orchard Beach and 6-0 at home to Waynflete last week. The Panthers hosted Buckfield Tuesday, visit Yarmouth Thursday and play host to Greely next Tuesday.
Greely’s field hockey team has won four straight, improved to 8-3 and is up to fourth in the Western B Heals. The Rangers downed host Cape Elizabeth (4-1), host Yarmouth (4-0) and visiting Lake Region (3-1) in recent action. Against the Capers, CeCi Hodgkins, Julia Maine, Sasha McLean and Eliza Porter had goals. McLean, Porter, Rachel Hanson and Jess Wilson had the goals against the Clippers. Monday afternoon, the often slow-starting Rangers got a goal from Hodgkins just 1:23 in. Porter scored just before halftime and Hanson added a second half goal. Greely fended off 14 Lakers’ penalty corners and went on to the win.
“We’re notorious for starting slowly, but our goal is always to score early so we can have breathing room,” Hanson said. “It helped us feel comfortable to keep going and score even more. We’re usually a second half team, but the first half goals were a good cushion.”
“We struggled, but come out with the win,” Greely coach Kristina Lane Prescott added. “I don’t want to say we’re peaking, but I think we’re getting comfortable in our skin. Things are coming together.”
The Rangers went to nemesis York Wednesday, host Cape Elizabeth Friday and close at Wells Tuesday.
Falmouth suffered yet another agonizing loss to York last Tuesday, falling, 1-0, late in overtime on the road, but erupted with home wins over Gray-New Gloucester (10-0) and Wells (6-0) to improve to 6-4-1 (and seventh in the Heals). Leika Scott had four goals, Emma Perron two versus the Patriots. Jillian Rothweiler had two goals against the Warriors. The Yachtsmen hosted top-ranked Fryeburg Wednesday, go to NYA Friday and close the regular season at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.
Yarmouth, seeking its first playoff berth since 2007, is still in the postseason hunt, entering the week 4-4-1 and ninth in the Heals (the top 10 teams qualify). The Clippers dropped 4-0 decisions at Fryeburg and at home to Greely last week. They hosted Lake Region Wednesday, welcome York Friday and close the regular season at Freeport Tuesday.
In Western C, defending state champion NYA has moved atop the Heals at 7-3. The Panthers blanked host Freeport, 3-0, last Tuesday (senior standout Katherine Millett scored on an early penalty stroke and Olivia Madore and Kayla Rose added goals). They then won at Old Orchard Beach (7-1) and at home over OOB (3-2). In the road game, Millett had four goals. She added two in the home victory. NYA was at Traip Tuesday, hosted Poland Wednesday and welcomes Falmouth Friday. The Panthers close the regular season at Waynflete Tuesday.
Freeport bounced back from its NYA loss with a 3-1 win at Poland Saturday to improve to 7-3 (fourth in the standings). The Falcons got two goals from Korissa Lavers and one from Katie Turner. Freeport was supposed to host Waynflete Monday, but poor field conditions moved that game to Saturday at 10 a.m. The Falcons were at Sacopee Wednesday, visit Old Orchard Beach Friday and close the regular season at home against Yarmouth Tuesday of next week.
Greely’s volleyball team remains unbeaten and atop the Class A Heal Points standings. The Rangers blanked visiting Cape Elizabeth 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-14) last Tuesday, then held off top rival Scarborough in a riveting four-set match Friday (25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20) to improve to 10-0. Greely hosted defending state champion Biddeford Tuesday, hosts Mt. Desert Island Monday of next week and Gorham the following day.
Falmouth, a state finalist the past two years, blanked visiting NYA last Tuesday (25-12, 25-22, 25-11), but dropped a five-set thriller at Biddeford Saturday, in a state match rematch (25-22, 27-29, 22-25, 25-17, 11-15). The Yachtsmen improved to 7-4 (fourth in the Class A standings) Monday with a 3-0 home win over Gorham. Falmouth goes to Cony Friday, hosts Lake Region Tuesday and closes the regular year with a home showdown against Greely Oct. 14.
In Class B, Yarmouth is up to third in the Heals with an 8-3 mark after recent 3-0 wins over NYA (25-16, 25-14, 25-20) and Lake Region (25-22, 25-17, 25-12). Suzanne Driscoll had nine service points and five aces against the Panthers, while Morgan Cahill had nine kills and four aces, Megan Smith finished with three aces and Sarah Crommett added seven service points and two aces. Cahill had nine kills and five blocks in the win over the Lakers. Amelia Gallay added four aces. The Clippers were home with Cony Tuesday and host Scarborough next Tuesday.
NYA began the week 2-9 and ninth in Class B (where seven teams qualify for the playoffs). The Panthers hosted Kennebunk Tuesday, go to Biddeford Thursday and close at Yarmouth Oct. 14.
Greely senior Sasha McLean bangs home a goal during Saturday’s 4-0 win at Yarmouth.
Yarmouth’s Sarah Gorman lines up a shot during Saturday’s loss.