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Brunswick coach Don Glover celebrates with his players after the Dragons’ 12-9 win over Falmouth Friday, which gave Glover his 300th career victory.
Mt. Ararat’s Carol Razera returns a shot during last week’s match against Camden Hills. The Eagles lost, 4-1.
(Ed. Note: For the complete Brunswick-Falmouth boys’ lacrosse game story, with photos, see theforecaster.net)
The final regular season push is underway and local teams remain in the thick of things.
Here’s a look back at an eventful week and a glimpse at what’s to come as the month of May dwindles.
The biggest story in Midcoast sports last week was a milestone victory for longtime Brunswick boys’ lacrosse coach Don Glover.
Brunswick, the defending Class B state champion, handled visiting Messalonskee, 23-3, last Wednesday, then held off visiting Falmouth, the defending Class A North champion, 12-9, Friday to give Glover 300 career victories. The Dragons went on top for good late in the first half, got five goals from Aiden Glover, Don Glover’s youngest son, and 16 saves from goalie Connor Pendergast to prevail and improve to 8-1 on the season.
“Winning 300 games is great, but to beat a team like Falmouth is exceptional,” Don Glover said. “I’m extremely excited for us as a program. I’ve been very blessed in my career.”
Glover began coaching at Wiscasset in 1993 and took over the Brunswick program in 1998. He’s led the Dragons to nine state finals and four championships, including titles each of the past two seasons.
“He’s worked so hard for the sport,” Aiden Glover said, of his father. “He’s built our program. He’s done an unbelievable job.”
“This is a big step for us to get him his 300th win,” said Pendergast. “Coach is like another Dad to me. I love him to death.”
“(Don’s) one of the best coaches in the state in lacrosse and in all sports,” added Brunswick athletic director Jeff Ramich. “He sets the bar for all of our coaches. The program speaks for itself.”
The Dragons (second to Yarmouth in the Class B Heal Points standings) went to Maranacook Wednesday, host South Portland in a makeup game Tuesday of next week and close at home versus Mt. Ararat the following afternoon.
Mt. Ararat was 4-5 and sixth in Class B after a 6-5 overtime setback at Edward Little and a 5-4 win at Deering. After hosting Lewiston Tuesday and Messalonskee Wednesday, the Eagles close at Brunswick next Wednesday.
Morse fell to 2-7 and 10th in Class B (where 11 teams make the playoffs) after losses at Marshwood (22-16) and Oak Hill (19-6). The Shipbuilders hosted Mt. Blue Tuesday and close at home against Maranacook Wednesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 2-6 and eighth in the Class B Heals at press time following losses to visiting Oxford Hills (14-8), at St. Dom’s (17-3) and at Messalonskee (15-9). The Dragons hoped to snap a six-game skid when they hosted Morse Wednesday. Brunswick is at Mt. Ararat Friday, welcomes Scarborough Saturday and closes the regular season at Oceanside Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat beat host Lawrence, 16-3, then fell to 3-6 and 10th in Class B (where 10 teams qualify for the playoffs) after an 8-3 setback at Gardiner. The Eagles were home with Boothbay Thursday, welcome Brunswick Friday, then close at home versus Edward Little Tuesday of next week.
Morse fell to 3-6 an 14th in Class B after losses at Gardiner (7-6) and defending Class C champion Lake Region (12-2). The Shipbuilders went to Brunswick Wednesday, host Cony Friday and close at home versus Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
On the baseball diamond, Mt. Ararat was 8-5 and fifth in the Class A North Heals following a 4-3 (nine-inning) home win over Brunswick and a 12-1 victory at Lincoln Academy. The Eagles are at Cony Friday, welcome Hampden Academy Monday and finish the regular season at Brunswick Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick was 4-8 and 11th in Class A North (just eight teams qualify from the region for the playoffs) after a 4-3 (nine-inning) loss at Mt. Ararat and a 7-2 win at Mt. Blue. The Dragons hosted Messalonskee Tuesday and Lewiston Wednesday, go to Morse Friday and close at home versus Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.
Morse was 8-5 and fourth in Class B South following an 11-1 (six-inning) victory at Gardiner and a 3-2 home setback to Freeport. The Shipbuilders hosted Gardiner Wednesday, welcome Brunswick Friday and close at Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
Turning to softball, Morse was 8-4 and fourth in the Class B South Heals at press time after a 4-3 victory at Gardiner and a 15-0, five-inning, home win over Freeport last week. The Shipbuilders hosted Gardiner Wednesday, welcome Brunswick Friday and close at Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
In Class A North, Brunswick was 3-9 and 10th (only eight teams make the playoffs) after a 9-5 win at Mt. Ararat and a 9-7 loss at Mt. Blue last week. The Dragons hosted Messalonskee Tuesday and Lewiston Wednesday, go to Morse Friday and close at home versus Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat fell to 1-12 and 11th in the region after a 9-5 home loss to Brunswick and a 4-1 setback at Lincoln Academy last week. The Eagles are at Cony Friday, welcome Hampden Academy Monday and finish the regular season at Brunswick Tuesday of next week.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference outdoor track championship meet will be held Saturday in Bath.
State meets are Saturday, June 1.
The team tennis regular season was coming to a close at press time, while the singles tournament will be held Friday, Saturday and Monday in Lewiston.
Brunswick’s girls’ team was ranked second behind Lewiston in the Class A North Heals at press time with a 9-1 record. Mt. Ararat was 1-10 and 11th (only eight teams make the playoffs). In Class B South, Morse was 2-6 and 10th (only eight teams qualify).
On the boys’ side, Brunswick was 5-4 and fifth in Class A North at press time. Mt. Ararat had a record of 4-7 and was sixth (seven teams make the playoffs). In Class B South, Morse was 2-7 and eighth (only seven teams qualify).
The team playoffs begin Wednesday of next week with the preliminary round on the courts of the higher seeds.