(Ed. Note: For the complete Brunswick-Falmouth boys’ lacrosse game story, with a box score and photos, see theforecaster.net)
The team tennis regular season is coming to a close, conference track meets will be held this weekend and the clock is ticking on the baseball, softball and lacrosse campaigns, meaning that the best time on the spring sports calendar, the postseason, is right around the corner.
Every contest takes on added importance as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.
Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed, as well as a look at what’s left:
Brunswick’s defending Class A state champion boys’ lacrosse team was 7-3 and third in the Class B Heal Points standings at press time following a 12-11 win at Messalonskee and a 10-7 loss at undefeated Falmouth. Six different Dragons scored goals and Connor Pendergast made 17 saves against the Yachtsmen.
“(Falmouth’s) exceptional,” said longtime Brunswick coach Don Glover. “Our challenge coming here was to ignore the scoreboard and play to our potential. I’m proud of the guys for not buckling and stepping up to the challenge. We’re getting closer to the second season and we just want to get better.”
The Dragons were home with Maranacook Tuesday and close at Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat was 5-5 and fourth in Class B after losses at Lewiston (10-4) and Edward Little (13-10) and at home against Deering (10-7). The Eagles hope to snap a five-game slide when they welcomed Messsalonskee Tuesday. They close at home against Brunswick Tuesday of next week.
Morse was 5-5 and ninth in Class B, where 10 teams qualify for the playoffs, following last Thursday’s 12-8 home loss to Oak Hill. The Shipbuilders went to Mt. Blue Tuesday and close at Maranacook Wednesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 3-7 and sixth in the Class B Heals following a 9-8 overtime win at Oxford Hills and losses to visiting St. Dom’s (17-2) and host Morse (10-9). The Dragons welcome Mt. Ararat Friday and finish at home against Oceanside Tuesday of next week.
Morse was 5-5 and ninth in Class B (10 teams qualify) after sandwiching home wins over Gardiner (16-4) and Brunswick (10-9) around an 18-6 home loss to Lake Region. The Shipbuilders go to Lewiston Tuesday of next week, then finish at Cony May 31.
Mt. Ararat lost at home to Gardiner Saturday, 10-9, then earned its first win in nine games Monday, 11-8, at Lawrence. The Eagles (12th in Class B) hosted Boothbay Wednesday, go to Brunswick Friday and close at Edward Little Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat is the only local baseball team that would be in the playoffs if they started today. The Eagles were 9-5 and seventh in Class A North following wins over visiting Lincoln Academy (9-3), host Mt. Blue (9-0), Brunswick (1-0) and Hampden Academy (5-4). Mt. Ararat hosts Cony Friday and closes the regular season Tuesday at home against Brunswick.
Brunswick fell to 3-11 and 11th in Class A North (where eight teams qualify for the playoffs) after losses at Lewiston (12-0) and at home against Mt. Ararat (1-0). The Dragons were home with Morse Thursday and go to Mt. Ararat for the finale Tuesday of next week.
In Class B South, Morse was 5-8 and 13th (only 11 teams make the playoffs) after losses to visiting Gardiner (13-3) and host Freeport (2-1). The Shipbuilders were at Gardiner Wednesday and at Brunswick Thursday, then welcome Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
Morse’s softball team was fourth in the Class B Heals at 9-4 after downing visiting Gardiner (7-6) and host Freeport (20-2). The Shipbuilders were at Gardiner Wednesday and at Brunswick Thursday, then welcome Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
In Class A North, Mt. Ararat was 6-7 and fifth following wins over Lincoln Academy (8-3), host Mt. Blue (17-5) and host Brunswick (21-8) and a 10-1 loss at Hampden Academy. The Eagles went to Skowhegan Tuesday, host Cony Friday and close the regular season Tuesday at home against Brunswick.
Brunswick fell to 0-14 and 12th after losses at Lewiston (12-0), at home to Mt. Ararat (21-8) and at Bangor (15-3). The Dragons were home with Morse Thursday and go to Mt. Ararat for the finale Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat joined three other schools at Morse for a regular season-ending outdoor track meet last Friday. The Eagles boys were first, with the Dragons second and Shipbuilders third. In the girls’ meet, Mt. Ararat was first, with Brunswick third and Morse fourth.
The state singles tournament continues and concludes this coming holiday weekend.
Local teams, meanwhile, were putting the final touch on the regular season at press time.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ team finished 9-3 and will likely be the No. 3 seed for the Class A North playoffs. Brunswick was 4-7 and fifth heading into Thursday’s regular season finale against Edward Little. In Class B South, Morse finished 2-10 and eighth, but only seven teams made the postseason.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 8-1 and second to Lewiston in Class A North at press time. Mt. Ararat was 1-10 and 11th (only eight teams qualify). In Class B South, Morse finished 2-10 and 10th, but only eight teams make the playoffs.
The team tennis playoffs begin Tuesday with the preliminary round, on the courts of the higher seeds.
Brunswick sophomore Jack McDiarmid fires a shot during the Dragons’ 10-7 loss at Falmouth Saturday night.
Mt. Ararat goalie Daniel Jackson fires a pass during last week’s 13-10 loss to Edward Little.