1. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen lost in the Class B regional title game the past two years – and they’re hungry for their first state championship. The team returns a talented core of sophomores in Kayla Sarazin, Caitlyn Camelio, Christina Oakes and Natalie Birkel as well as senior captains Devon Sarazin, Olivia Stucker and – most notably – Maine Sunday Telegram All-State midfielder Sydney Bell, who scored 71 goals with 27 assists last season.
2. Marshwood: Marshwood returns a trio of seniors – Hannah Costin, Luci Albers and Reagan Nichols – who helped lead the top-seeded Hawks back to the Class A regional final. They barely missed out on a second straight trip to the state championship, losing to Massabesic, 7-6. Costin, an attack, had 60 goals and 19 assists last season and midfielders Albers (33 goals, 15 assists) and Nichols (28 goals, 14 assists) also served as scoring threats for the Hawks.
3. Kennebunk: The defending Class B state champions graduated five four-year varsity players in Jenny Bush, Kyra Schwartzman, Olivia Sandford, Carly Sandler and goalkeeper Bella Kudas. Still, Kennebunk should not be underestimated. The Rams have retained most of their defense, and they had a strong JV squad ready to step up. Coach Annie Barker will count on defender Marran Oakman and versatile midfielders Gabby Fogg and Hallie Schwartzman to lead her team.
4. Massabesic: The Mustangs have advanced to three of the last four state finals and could get another shot this year after falling to Messalonskee, 7-6, in overtime of last season’s Class A championship. The Mustangs graduated three seniors, including Maquila Dimastrantonio – a key player in their offense, but they returned their core defense along with goalkeeper Lydia Wasina and most of their top scorers: Madison Drain, Morgan Pike and Emma Desrochers.
5. Yarmouth: The Clippers are a mix of veterans and youth, but – as always – they’re talented. They competed in the last four Class B state championships – two of which they won. Yarmouth graduated six players from last year’s team, but features seven seniors this spring. With All-Telegram defender Gretchen Barbara and goalkeeper Mary Kate Gunville backstopping the Clippers, they look poised to continue dominating the North.