MASSABESIC (13-3-1) VS. SKOWHEGAN (13-3-1)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

OUTLOOK: Massabesic is making its first appearance in a state championship game, while Skowhegan is making its 16th consecutive appearance. The Indians have won 13 of the previous 15 state title games, defeating nine different opponents. … The Mustangs lost three of their final five regular-season games but have rebounded in the playoffs. They have a well-balanced offense led by Jackie Bearse (19 goals, two assists), Emma Rutledge (18 goals, eight assists) and Logan Champlin (14 goals, eight assists). Midfielder Emma Desrochers has added seven goals. Sophomore Maddy Pomerleau has been steady in goal, and fullbacks Lydia Wasina (four defensive saves the last two games) and Elizabeth Beals provide great leadership. … Skowhegan, the defending champion, lost its last two regular-season games to top-ranked Mt. Blue and second-ranked Messalonskee, but beat both in the Class A North playoffs. The Indians are young, with freshmen Alexis Michonski and Breagh Kennedy and sophomore Maliea Kelso scoring the goals in a 3-2 win over Messalonskee in the regional final. Junior goalie Leah Savage has also played well, and junior sweeper Haley Carter anchors a strong defensive line. Coach Paula Doughty has a Maine-record 503 career victories.


YORK (17-0) VS. BELFAST (16-1)

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday

OUTLOOK: York, the two-time defending state champion, has won 53 consecutive games and 70 of its last 71. Its last loss was in the 2013 state championship game to Nokomis. Belfast is making its first appearance in the state final since 2012. The Wildcats are playing in their 11th state championship game in the last 13 years, but have lost four of those games to the Lions (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011). … York is led by senior center midfielder Lily Posternak, a Miss Maine Field Hockey finalist who will play at Duke next fall. She controls the game and has 31 goals and 16 assists this year. Izzy Bretz has seven goals and 21 assists, and Sydney Bouchard has nine goals and four assists. It’s a strong midfield cast, with Julia Harrod joining Bretz and Posternak. Ali Lawlor is an exceptional defensive player. York has allowed just eight goals. … Belfast is led by senior forward Kylie Nelson, a Miss Maine Field Hockey finalist who will play at Bryant next fall. She has 36 goals and 15 assists. The Lions play fast and have plenty of other scorers, including Kelsey Mehuren. Amy Gaiero, Cassie Jackson and Maya Cunningham are strong in the midfield, and Sabrina Wood is a steady sweeper. Belfast has given up just seven goals.



WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

OUTLOOK: A rematch of last year’s state championship game, won by MCI, 2-0. … Oak Hill advanced when Zoe Buteau scored in overtime to beat St. Dominic in the regional final. She has scored four of her 10 goals this year in the playoffs. The Raiders are balanced and versatile, with several players who move between the forward line and the defensive line, depending on the game situation. Erika Hannigan is one of those players, and leads Oak Hill with 15 goals and eight assists. Abby Asselin has 14 goals and 14 assists, and Maegan Sheehy has 12 goals and six assists. Alexis Fuller, Lindsey Wright and Alexis Faucher are key defenders. … MCI has six new starters from last year’s championship team but has played well all season. The Huskies have a dangerous scorer in Addie Williams, who has 30 goals. But seven other Huskies have scored as well, so there’s some balance. Madisyn Hartley is a dangerous scorer. Midfielders Victoria Friend and Alison Hughes are also key players.

All games at McMann Field, Bath