Portland recap: Playoff spots still up for grabs; Local teams in the hunt in several sports

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The end of the regular season in baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis is rapidly approaching and there are several Portland-area teams jockeying for positioning. Here’s a look at where things stand as the month of May nears its end:

Girls’ lacrosse: Waynflete ready for closing push

The Waynflete girls’ lacrosse juggernaut is still seeking a test and there’s a good chance the Flyers will get their wish in the closing phase of the regular season schedule.

Last week, Waynflete improved to 9-0 with a 14-3 waltz at Deering and an 11-2 victory at Cape Elizabeth. In the first game, junior Amy Allen led the offense with five goals, while senior All-American Mariah Monks scored four. At the Capers, Allen, Monks and junior Morgan Woodhouse all tickled the twine three times, while junior first-year goalie Sasha Timpson made 11 saves.

The Flyers went to Cheverus Tuesday (too late for print), then meet a pair of teams they could face in the Class B Final June 20. Friday, Waynflete (first in both the latest coaches’ poll and Western B Heal Points standings) hosts unbeaten North Yarmouth Academy in a rematch of last year’s state game. The Flyers then close the regular year at Yarmouth Monday.

Cheverus and Portland hope to lock up spots in the playoffs, while Deering and McAuley both have a lot of work to do to qualify.

The Stags took a 2-6 mark into Tuesday’s home game with Waynflete. Cheverus almost upset NYA Thursday, but dropped a 7-6 decision despite five goals from senior Bethany Schleh. Friday night, at Yarmouth, the Stags weren’t as successful, falling behind 8-2 at halftime en route to a 14-6 defeat. Junior Emily Van Duzer had three goals. Cheverus (which no Western A team would want to meet in the playoffs) hosts Deering Wednesday, goes to York Friday, then closes the regular year at Massabesic June 3.

The Bulldogs of Portland are 4-4 following a 7-6 home win over South Portland last Tuesday and a wild 18-17 setback at Bonny Eagle Friday. In the victory, junior Nancy McAdam had three goals, but she was just getting warmed up. Against the Scots, McAdam scored a mindboggling 10 goals, but it wasn’t enough. Portland was at Thornton Academy Tuesday (too late for print), hosts Fryeburg Friday and Sanford Monday, then closes at Wells Wednesday of next week.

Deering fell to 1-6 Saturday morning after a 15-4 loss at Falmouth. The Rams only trailed 4-3 in the first half and were within three, 7-4, early in the second half, before the Yachtsmen got the game’s final eight tallies. Deering did manage to get in the win column last Thursday, holding off visiting York, 8-7, behind senior Natalie Mitchell’s game winner. Mitchell also scored twice at Falmouth. The Rams welcomed Massabesic in their home finale Tuesday (too late for print), go to Cheverus Wednesday, then have games at Marshwood, Scarborough and Kennebunk.

McAuley is fell to 1-7 Friday with a 12-5 loss at Westbrook. The Lions host Gorham Wednesday, welcome Windham Saturday and close at South Portland Monday.

Boys’ lacrosse: Up and down results

On the boys’ side, while Portland survived a rare close game (please see story, page 13), Cheverus, Deering and Waynflete have struggled in recent days.

The Stags fell to 4-5 with recent home losses to Scarborough (12-4) and Kennebunk (11-6). Senior Ryan McQuaid had three goals against the Red Storm. Cheverus is at powerhouse Cape Elizabeth Thursday, welcomes Thornton Academy Saturday and closes its regular year at dangerous Falmouth Wednesday.

Deering won 9-4 at Marshwood last Monday, but fell to 2-7 after losses at Freeport (11-3) and home to NYA (14-9, in a game the Rams led at halftime). Sophomore Carleton Allen scored five times against the Panthers. Deering had to go to Portland Tuesday (too late for print), hosts defending Class B champion Yarmouth Saturday and closes its year at home with Massabesic next Tuesday.

In Western B, Waynflete is still very much in the hunt. The Flyers fell 15-9 at NYA last Monday, but bounced back with a 14-8 victory at Biddeford two days later, behind five goals from junior Miles Beavin. Friday, Waynflete lost 12-6 at home to South Portland to drop to 5-4 on the year. The Flyers go to St. Dom’s Wednesday, play host to York Saturday and visit Wells Tuesday.

Baseball: Deering win streak continues

Deering’s baseball team extended its winning streak to 42 games over three seasons Saturday after a tough 3-2 win at Biddeford. Seniors Taylor Candage and Matt Powers excelled on the hill, while junior Jake Nichols drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

The Rams actually went 4-0 last week, edging visiting South Portland, 3-1, blanking host Massabesic 7-0 and winning 14-6 at home over rival Portland, in a game which saw Deering break a 6-6 tie behind a prolific offensive attack (please see Web site for that game story).

The Rams hosted Sanford Tuesday (too late for print), welcome Marshwood Thursday and Bonny Eagle Saturday, then close at Windham Tuesday.

Cheverus and Portland’s playoff quests are also looking good.

The Stags recovered from a 5-4 loss at Biddeford with an 8-6 come-from-behind win over visiting Windham Thursday, but lost 3-2 at home to Sanford Saturday to fall to 7-5. Cheverus was at Portland Tuesday (too late for print, please see Web site for game story), hosts Thornton Academy Thursday, plays at Noble Saturday and hosts Westbrook next Tuesday.

The Bulldogs extended their win streak to three games last Tuesday, 7-1, at Gorham, then fell to Deering. Saturday, Portland improved to 7-5 with a 3-2 home victory over Thornton Academy. Senior Greg Leborgne had the game-winning RBI. The Bulldogs were home with Cheverus Tuesday, host South Portland Thursday, then close the regular season at Westbrook Saturday and Sanford Tuesday.

In Western C, Waynflete fell to 2-7 last Monday after a 7-1 home loss to Old Orchard Beach. The Flyers don’t return to action until Wednesday, when they host NYA. Friday, Waynflete is at St. Dom’s. Monday, the Flyers go to Wells. Wednesday of next week, they close the regular season with a home game against Western B power Greely.

Softball: Cheverus eying high seed

On the girls’ side of the diamond, Cheverus’ finest season to date continued last week with wins at Windham (12-3) and Marshwood (12-0, in five innings), sandwiched around a home victory over Noble (8-0). Junior Theresa Hendrix threw a pair of shutouts in the stretch. The Stags (8-4) were home with dangerous Gorham Tuesday (too late for print), play at Massabesic Wednesday, welcome Thornton Academy Friday, then close the regular season at undefeated Scarborough Wednesday of next week.

Deering, McAuley and Portland need to win their way into the playoffs.

The Rams are close to qualifying, but fell to 4-9 Friday after a 7-3 home loss to Kennebunk. Deering had defeated visiting McAuley (4-1, behind senior Melissa Bell’s two-hit pitching effort and a home run) and host Sanford (6-4, behind sophomore Jen Lynch’s three hits, including a homer) prior to the defeat. The Rams go to Westbrook Wednesday, host Windham Friday and play at Noble Monday.

The Lions entered the week on their first winning streak of the year. McAuley romped 9-3 over visiting Westbrook Wednesday (sophomore Sara Mercier hit a home run) and won 8-3 at Windham Friday (behind four hits from sophomore Jasmyn Welch) to improve to 3-9. The Lions hosted Noble Tuesday (too late for print), go to Marshwood Wednesday, play host to Gorham Friday and close at Massabesic Monday.

The Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing skid Thursday with a 13-5 win at Massabesic. Senior Laura DiMillo had two hits and a pair of RBI while sophomore Mattie Crockett drove in three runs. Portland (2-11) hosted Thornton Academy Tuesday (too late for print), welcomes Biddeford Friday and closes its season at Scarborough Monday.

Tennis: Waynflete tandem wins title

On the hardcourts, the state singles tournament will continue Friday, Saturday and Monday at Bates College in Lewiston. Waynflete senior Christine Ordway is the top girls’ seed. Waynflete sophomore Brandon Thompson is ranked No. 2 on the boys’ side. Junior teammate Devin Van Dyke is the No. 3 seed.

Waynflete made some noise in doubles play, as junior Nate Niles and sophomore Eric Ordway captured the Western Maine Conference championship, defeating Cape Elizabeth’s Graham Nichols and Michael Takach, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

In team play, the Portland girls continue to steal the headlines. The Bulldogs improved to 11-0 (good for first in the latest Western Class A Heals) with five 5-0 wins last week. Portland’s boys are 3-8.

Cheverus’ boys fell to 8-2 last week after 4-1 losses to Scarborough and Windham. The Stags girls’ team is 1-10.

Deering’s boys improved to 6-5 Friday with a 3-2 home win over Gorham. The Rams girls’ squad saw its five-match win streak ended with a 3-2 loss at Gorham Friday, but Deering is still 7-4 on the year.

McAuley is 9-2 after 5-0 wins over Kennebunk and Biddeford.

In Western C, Waynflete’s boys could very well be the best team in the state, regardless of gender or class. The Flyers improved to 11-0 with a 4-1 home win over York Friday. They looked to close out a perfect regular season Tuesday (too late for print) when they hosted St. Dom’s. Waynflete’s girls aren’t too shabby either. The Flyers improved to 9-2 Friday with a 3-2 win at York.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net

P-sportsrecap1-052709.jpgWaynflete’s Nate Niles (left) and Eric Ordway captured the Western Maine Conference doubles championship last weekend. (Contributed photo)
P-sportsrecap2-052709.JPGCheverus junior Emily Van Duzer attempted to force her way through the Yarmouth defense during the Stags’ 14-6 loss at the Clippers Friday night. (Jason Veilleux photo)