Playoff time is upon us

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

Golf’s final act produced yet one more piece of hardware for Cape Elizabeth.

The field hockey playoffs are underway with a familiar name vying for another title.

Cross country’s regionals will be held Saturday, with the state meet right over the horizon.

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:


After a dominant regular season and a decisive win at the Class B team match, Cape Elizabeth’s golf team produced an ideal punctuation mark when sophomore Ryan Collins earned a share of the Class B individual title Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Collins shot an 18-hole round of 74 and tied Oceanside’s Nick Mazurek. 

Three other Capers finished in the top 14, as Bryce Hewitt tied for eighth with an 80, freshman Austin Legge tied for 10th with an 81 and Max Altznauer tied for 14th with an 83.

In Class A, Scarborough’s Drew Kane shot a 76 and came in fifth (Camden Hills’ Cole Anderson was first with a 72). Teammate Nate Roberts shot a 79 and was 11th. Anthony Burnham finished with an 80 and tied for 12th. Ian Trumpler shot an 86 and tied for 26th.

In the girls’ competition, won by Lincoln Academy’s Bailey Plourde (70), Scarborough’s Elizabeth Lacagnata tied for sixth with an 83. Cape Elizabeth’s Lauren Schonewolf tied for 11th with an 89 and qualified for the New England High School championships in June. Cape Elizabeth’s Mia Spencer tied for 13th with a round of 90. 

Field hockey

Just one local field hockey team made the playoffs this fall.

Scarborough, the defending Class A champion, earned the number two seed in Class A South (the first year since 2008 the Red Storm aren’t ranked first) after a 12-2 regular season. Scarborough hosted No. 7 Falmouth (10-5) in the quarterfinals Wednesday night (see for game story). The teams didn’t play this year and had no playoff history.

If the Red Storm advanced, they would host either No. 3 Thornton Academy (12-2) or No. 6 Marshwood (10-3-1) in the semifinals Saturday. Scarborough won the season opener at the Hawks, 2-0, Sept. 2 and eked out a 2-1 win at the Golden Trojans Sept. 24.

The Red Storm won both previous playoff meetings against Marshwood, 1-0 in the 2013 semifinals and 3-1 in last year’s regional final. Scarborough beat Thornton Academy in all three postseason encounters, 2-0 in the 2009 quarterfinals, 4-0 in the 2012 quarterfinal and 3-1 in last year’s semifinals.

Looking ahead, the regional finals are Tuesday of next week at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The state games are Saturday, Oct. 31 at the University of Maine in Orono.

South Portland closed with a 4-2 loss at Massabesic to finish 3-11 and 14th in Class A South, but only 11 teams made the playoffs. Sophia Cummings and Ciera Mullen had the goals against the Mustangs.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth wound up 0-14 and 13th (only 10 teams qualified) after a 6-0 loss at Falmouth.

Cross country

Cape Elizabeth’s cross country teams took part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet last weekend in Standish. 

The girls were third in Division I behind Falmouth and Greely. Liv Palma was the third-fastest individual with a 5,000-meter time of 20 minutes, 24 seconds. In the boys’ competition, the Capers came in sixth (Freeport was first), as Jared Duperre (14th, 17:59) led the way individually. 

In the meantime, Scarborough and South Portland wrapped up their regular seasons.

The Red Storm joined Bonny Eagle and Windham at Gorham. The boys were first, as Connor Doherty placed third (16:17). The girls also came in first and were led by Samantha Saraceno (third, 19:33).

The Red Riots joined Biddeford and Westbrook at Thornton Academy. The girls were second to Westbrook and had the top two individuals (Serena Mckenzie was first in 19:51 and Casey Loring was second in 20:28). The boys were third as a team and Gavin Damian-Loring was third individually in 17:21. 

The regional championships will be held Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Class A girls run first, at 10 a.m. Class A boys start at 10:35. Class B girls start at 12:30 p.m., with Class B boys running at 1:05. 

The state championships are Saturday, Oct. 31, back at Twin Brook.

Boys’ soccer

All four local boys’ soccer teams are playoff-bound.

For the ninth time in 12 seasons, Scarborough finished with an undefeated regular season after a 4-0 home win over Massabesic and an 8-2 victory at Windham. Michael Barrett, Jarred Greenleaf, Jacob Kacer and Jacob McGarvey had the goals against the Mustangs. In the win over the Eagles, Matt Blaisdell scored twice. For the 11th time in 12 years, the Red Storm (12-0-2) will be the top seed for the regional tournament and will likely host Deering or Marshwood in the quarterfinals. Scarborough won the season opener at the Rams, 4-0, Sept. 7 and romped at the Hawks, 7-1, Oct. 13. The Red Storm are 5-0 all-time against Deering in the playoffs, including a 3-1 triumph in last year’s semifinals. Scarborough beat Marshwood, 2-0, in last year’s quarterfinals.

South Portland wound up 7-3-4 and seventh after a 6-0 win at home over Noble. Ahmed Suja had four goals, where Kervens Anthoine added a pair. The Red Riots project to host Westbrook in a preliminary round contest. South Portland won the regular season meeting, 2-1, at home, Oct. 1. The Red Riots won the only previous playoff encounter, 1-0, in the 1999 Western A preliminary round.

Cape Elizabeth ended up 7-7 after a 1-0 loss at York and a 3-1 home win over Kennebunk and will likely be the No. 7 seed in Class B South. Connor Thoreck had two goals and Wes Parker added one in the victory. The Capers project to host Freeport in the preliminary round. Back on Sept. 5, Cape Elizabeth blanked the visiting Falcons, 5-0, in the regular season opener. The teams have no playoff history.

In Class D South, Greater Portland Christian School finished 8-5-1 and fourth and will host Gould Academy in the quarterfinals. The Lions split two games this year with Gould, winning, 5-0, and losing, 4-2.

The playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Wednesday of next week. Games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ soccer

Scarborough’s girls’ soccer team had the inside track at the top seed in Class A South, but wound up second after falling at home to two-time defending state champion Windham in Tuesday’s finale, 1-0. The Red Storm were coming off wins over visiting Marshwood (2-1) and host Massabesic (3-1).

Against the Hawks, Scarborough took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Mary Farnkoff scored on a penalty kick. Marshwood drew even with 19:55 to play in the half, but just 81 seconds later, Red Storm sophomore Gaby Panagakos got free and sent a shot into the goal for a 2-1 lead.

“Our team always bounces back from goals,” Panagakos said. “We always encourage each other to get the ball forward and they get the ball up to me. Marshwood has a fast defense. I thought I had the shot and I just took it. The goalie was coming out. I felt confident with the shot.”

Scarborough held on for its 10th straight victory.

“They’re one of the best teams we’ve played,” said Scarborough coach Mike Farley, of the Hawks. “This game was so close. It could have gone either way.”

The Red Storm will likely host either Deering or Bonny Eagle in the quarterfinals. Scarborough held off the visiting Rams in the season opener Sept. 5, 2-1, and blanked the host Scots, 3-0, Sept. 12. The Red Storm has never faced Deering in the playoffs. They beat Bonny Eagle, 4-3, in the 2001 divisional preliminary round.

South Portland made great strides this season, but fell just shy of the playoffs. The Red Riots finished 5-8-1 after 1-0 home win over Massabesic, a 4-0 home loss to Windham and a 2-2 tie at Noble. Meghan Graff had the goal in the win. 

Two-time regional champion Cape Elizabeth will be third in Class B South after closing on a four-game win streak, capped by victories over visiting Gray-New Gloucester (5-0), host York (2-0) and host Kennebunk (4-2). Against the Patriots, Montana Braxton, Kate Breed, Mariah Deschino, Tori Diaz and Sara O’Connor had the goals. Breed and Deschino had the goals in the win over the Wildcats, which avenged an earlier loss. Deschino had two goals and Braxton and Breed added one each in the victory over the Rams in the finale.

The Capers will likely host either Mountain Valley or Gray-New Gloucester in the quarterfinals. They have no postseason history with either team.

In Class D South, GPCS finished 2-11-1 and ninth (only seven teams made the playoffs) after a 1-1 tie at Valley in the finale. Angie Jones had the goal.

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


Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough’s volleyball teams earned playoff bids.

The defending Class A champion Capers lost their first two matches this fall, but won their final 12, capped by a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) home victory over Biddeford and a 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-21) win at Yarmouth. 

“Our team is very close and we’ve bonded a lot,” said Katie Connolly, who had 15 kills and 15 service points against the Clippers. “I think that’s helped us. We had the slow start. I think we expected a lot, but we didn’t do it the first two matches. We’ve definitely picked it up.” 

Against Yarmouth, Tess Haller had 19 kills and six blocks, Maddie Bowe added nine kills and two blocks, Maggie Dadmun finished with a whopping 38 assists, Lydia Brenneman had 11 service points, including four aces, and Anni Ball added 10 service points.

“We do know how to win,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Sarah Boeckel. “I think we were a little tight (against Yarmouth). I think it was the first time since the beginning of the season that we played not to lose. Good teams find a way to win and that’s what we’re doing.” 

The Capers had to go on the road to win the championship in 2014. This fall, as the top seed in Class A,  Cape Elizabeth (12-2) will be at home. The Capers will host either No. 8 Yarmouth (10-4) or No. 9 Bonny Eagle (10-4) in the quarterfinals Saturday. Cape Elizabeth didn’t face the Scots this season. The Capers have no playoff history against either team.

“It’s different this year,” Boeckel said. “We’re home, we’re number one, so that’s more pressure, but (the girls) embrace it. We think we’re the best team.” 

Scarborough wound up fifth in Class A with a 9-5 mark after closing with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 16-25, 13-15) loss at Falmouth and a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 16-25, 25-23) victory at Gorham.

Against the Yachtsmen, Caroline Goodwin finished with 24 assists and 10 service points, Haley Nelson had 13 kills, Jordyn Cowan had 10 kills and Taylor Marinko finished with seven blocks and six kills.

“I thought we played really well,” said Red Storm coach Jon Roberts. “If we’d played like that all season, we’d have won more matches than we have.”

Scarborough hosted No. 12 Biddeford (5-9) in the preliminary round Thursday. The teams split 3-0 decisions during the regular season with each winning at home. The Tigers won the lone prior playoff meeting, 3-1, in the 2007 regional semifinals.

If the Red Storm advanced, they would go to No. 4 Thornton Academy (12-2) Saturday for the quarterfinals. The teams didn’t play this year and have no postseason history.

South Portland finished 6-8 and 13th in Class A, but only 12 teams made the playoffs. The Red Riots closed by sandwiching wins over visiting Wells in three sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-18) and host Cheverus in five sets around a 3-0 (13-25, 16-25, 20-25) setback at Bonny Eagle.

Looking ahead, the semifinals are Wednesday on the courts of the higher remaining seeds. The state finals are Saturday, Oct. 31. 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

Cape Elizabeth’s Ryan Collins (right) shows off his hardware after tying Oceanside’s Nick Mazurek (middle) for the Class B individual golf championship. Collins and Mazurek both finished with an 18-hole round of 74.

Cape Elizabeth’s Anthony Inhorn takes part in the Western Maine Conference cross country championship meet last weekend. The Capers were sixth as a team.

Cape Elizabeth’s Lydia Brenneman handles a shot during the Capers’ 3-1 win at Yarmouth in Saturday’s regular season finale. Cape Elizabeth ended the regular season on a 12-match win streak.

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