Mid-Coast playoff action sizzles
We're just a day away from State Championship Saturday and a couple of Mid-Coast lacrosse teams still entertained title dreams when this issue went to press.
The two-time defending Class A state champion Brunswick girls' lacrosse team hosted rival Mt. Ararat in the Eastern A Final Wednesday, with the winner going on to meet either Scarborough or Gorham in the state game Saturday at 3 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
The top-ranked Dragons had no trouble with No. 5 Messalonskee, 16-1, in the semifinal round, while the No. 2 Eagles held off third-ranked Cheverus, 12-8, in their semifinal. Brunswick and Mt. Ararat split during the regular season with the Dragons winning, 12-5, in Topsham May 12 and the Eagles returning the favor, 10-9, at Brunswick, 12 days later.
Other sports didn't have as happy an ending.
The Brunswick baseball team was the lone local qualifier, going in sixth in Eastern A after an 8-8 regular season. The Dragons were eliminated, 2-0, at No. 3 Oxford Hills in the quarterfinal round, finishing the year 8-9.
Mt. Ararat was the only local softball team to make the playoffs, earning the eighth and final seed after going 8-8. The Eagles were quickly dispatched by top-ranked Skowhegan, 8-0, and wound up 8-9.
On the boys' lacrosse front, Brunswick, the three-time defending Eastern A champion, hoped to make a deep playoff run from the No. 2 spot after a 10-2 campaign, but the Dragons were stunned, 6-4, by No. 3 Messalonskee Saturday in the semifinals and go home with a 10-3 mark.
Morse's girls' lacrosse team wound up fourth in Eastern B and went to top-ranked NYA Saturday for the regional semifinals. The Shipbuilders dug a 10-0 hole and despite two goals from junior Lindsay Watts, lost, 17-2, ending their year at 7-6.
"NYA's a good team," Morse coach Linda Levesque said. "They can win states. We're young. We have 13 sophomores and one freshman. Just two seniors. We got everything out of our season that we could. We played hard today, but you have to have the ball. We lost 16 people from last year's team, including our goalie. We had a winning record. I hope it showed that we have a lot of heart."
On the tennis courts, both Brunswick teams made it to the regional final, but both lost to Lewiston to wind up 10-3. The girls almost sprung an upset, but dropped a 3-2 decision. The boys fell, 5-0.
Last, but certainly not least, Brunswick senior track standout Will Geoghegan capped his Dragons career by winning the New England championship in the mile (4 minutes, 13.15 seconds). Geoghegan was joined by teammates Liam Cassidy (26th in the two-mile, 9:46.60) and Mike Slovenski (who did not score in the pole vault). Brunswick's girls featured Alexis Dickinson (18th in the 100, 13.30 seconds), Kathleen McMahon (22nd in the two-mile, 11:28.63) and Kyia Jensen (22nd in the 800, 2:26.86).
Mt. Ararat was paced by Randi London, who was 10th in the discus (109 feet, 6 inches) and 14th in the shot put (36-6.5). Katrina Gelwick placed 15th in the 400 (1:00.05). Its 3,200 relay team (featuring Erin Fitzsimmons, Chloe Emerson, Jess Leeman and Gelwick) came in 16th. The 1,600 relay squad (Ellen Pinnette, Emerson, Leeman and Gelwick) placed 20th (4:17.04).
For the Eagles boys, McKenzie Gary came in 14th in the long jump (21-7) and was 17th in the triple jump (42-11), Jamie Rosenberg was 26th in the javelin (154-4) and the 3,200 relay team (Ryan Smith, Collin Swan, Nick Demosthenes and Gary) was 16th (3:28.28).