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Stretch run begins for Mid-Coast spring teams

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Stretch run begins for Mid-Coast spring teams

Last week, local sports teams continued to jockey for playoff position, taking part in a series of memorable contests. Here's a look at where things stand as the spring sports season nears the final turn:

Baseball

Brunswick's baseball team is 5-5 and seventh in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings as of Tuesday afternoon. The Dragons beat visiting Hampden, 4-3, last Tuesday, then dropped two straight, 13-0 at Cony and 7-3 at home to Edward Little. Brunswick was home with Lewiston Wednesday, plays at Morse Friday and visits Mt. Ararat Monday.

The Eagles are 10th in the region with a 6-4 mark. Mt. Ararat has won four in a row, most recently 12-2 over visiting Morse and 1-0 over visiting Erskine. The Eagles were at Cony Wednesday, go to Edward Little Friday and play host to Brunswick Monday.

Morse is 0-10 and 15th in Eastern A after recent losses to Mt. Ararat (12-2) and Cony (17-4). The Shipbuilders were at Erskine Wednesday, welcome Brunswick Friday and play at Oxford Hills Monday.

Softball

On the softball side, Mt. Ararat, at 4-6, good for 10th in the Eastern A Heals, is the top local team. The Eagles won, 5-3, at home over Oxford Hills last Tuesday, then dropped decisions to Morse (12-7) and Erskine (6-1). They were at Cony Wednesday, go to Edward Little Friday and play host to Brunswick Monday.

Morse is 3-7 and 12th in the region. The Shipbuilders enjoyed a 12-7 victory over Mt. Ararat Friday, then fell, 14-1, at home to Cony Monday. Morse is at Erskine Wednesday, welcomes Brunswick Friday and plays at Oxford Hills Monday.

Brunswick is 1-9 and 14th. The Dragons are on a seven-game skid with recent losses to Hampden (4-3), Cony (8-7) and Edward Little (3-0). Brunswick was home with Lewiston Wednesday, plays at Morse Friday and visits Mt. Ararat Monday.

Boys' lacrosse

Brunswick's defending Eastern Class A champion boys' lacrosse team played its second crossover game of the season Saturday, hosting a Falmouth squad which has become one of the elite programs in the state.

The Dragons took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from junior George Mills, but never led again. The Yachtsmen held a 2-1 advantage after one quarter and a 4-2 edge at the half, then erupted for six goals to lead, 10-3, late in the third. Brunswick rallied with four goals, but could get no closer and went down to a 10-7 defeat. Senior Nick Kressbach led the Dragons with three goals. Junior Sam Franco had two goals and a pair of assists.

"It was a really good game," Brunswick coach Don Glover said. "We knew Falmouth would be a very good transition and midfield team. We tried to balance between zone and man-to-man on defense and I think we did well, but on offense we weren't able to capitalize and shot a bunch wide.

"(Crossover games have) been awesome. This is what we've been hoping for schedule-wise for the last six years. Prior to that, we had crossovers. This has been in the making for a long time. The crossover games have been awesome for the all the KVAC schools.

"It's a challenge psychologically for the kids. These tight games are what we want. We want to be progressing all season long, then play our best at the end. I think we keep getting better and better."

The Dragons (5-2 and third in the Eastern A Heal Points standings entering play this week) were home Tuesday against Oxford Hills and Thursday versus Lewiston, then visit Messalonskee Saturday.

Brunswick hopes its best work is still to come.

"Homefield is going to be huge," Glover said. "The teams that are winning tight games seem to have homefield as a factor. I'd love to have homefield advantage. There's a lot of jumbling going on."

Mt. Ararat was 4-4 (and sixth in Eastern A) as the week began. The Eagles dropped a pair last week, 9-5, at Messalonskee and 15-6 to visiting Kennebunk. Mt. Ararat needs to finish in the top six to make the playoffs. The Eagles were at Cony Tuesday and host Mt. Blue Saturday. They go to Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern B, Morse is seventh and needs to move up to fifth to qualify for the playoffs. The Shipbuilders dropped a pair of one-goal decisions last week, 10-9, to visiting Lincoln Academy and 9-8 to Deering. Morse (4-3) was home with St. Dom's Tuesday and plays at Oak Hill next Tuesday.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, Brunswick suffered its first loss in 37 games Friday, a stunning 12-11 home setback to Falmouth in a game which saw the Yachtsmen score the final seven goals. The Dragons rallied for an 11-9 victory at Cony to improve to 7-1 and remain atop the Eastern A Heals. After hosting Messalonskee Thursday, Brunswick welcomes Mt. Ararat Monday.

The Eagles are eighth in the region with a 4-4 mark. Last week, Mt. Ararat fell to visiting Brunswick (12-5), at Scarborough (14-9) and host Messalonskee (13-8). After hosting Cony Thursday, the Eagles play at Brunswick Monday.

In Eastern B, Morse is in the playoff mix. The Shipbuilders have won three straight and are 5-2 (good for the fourth spot in the region). Morse's recent wins have come against Lincoln (17-4), Westbrook (7-6) and Lincoln again (14-13). The Shipbuilders were home against Thornton Academy Wednesday and paid a visit to Mountain Valley Thursday. Monday, they host Gardiner.

Track

The outdoor track regular season is nearing a close. Last week, Brunswick's boys were first and the girls second at a home meet which included Bangor, Lewiston, Medomak and Rockland. Morse (along with Camden, Mt. View and North Haven) took part in a meet at Mt. Ararat. The Eagles won both the boys' and girls' meets. The Shipbuilders were second in the boys' competition and fourth on the girls' side.

Tennis

The tennis season is also winding down. Brunswick's boys are third in Eastern A with a 6-2 mark. Mt. Ararat is seventh at 6-3. Morse (4-5) is eighth in the Western B standings.

The Brunswick girls are also 6-2 and are fourth in Eastern A. Mt. Ararat (6-3) is in the sixth spot. Morse (4-5) is eighth in Western B.

Photo: Jason Veilleux/For The Forecaster

Brunswick senior Peter Morrell gets a step on Falmouth senior Mike Kane during Saturday's crossover contest.

Photo: Jason Veilleux/For The Forecaster

Brunswick junior Sam Franco is denied by Falmouth sophomore goalie Cam Bell Saturday. The Dragons fell to 5-2 on the year with a 10-7 loss.