October 22, 2013

Field Hockey Notebook: Several playoff games could become upsets this week

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Elizabeth Helmreich, Sanford sophomore: Came through with the tying goal in the late stages of a 3-2 overtime win as the No. 11 Spartans upset No. 6 Thornton Academy. Added a goal in the penalty corner portion of overtime. Earlier in the week she scored the overtime winner in a 1-0 victory against Gorham.

HONORABLE MENTION

Taylor Simpson, York senior: Scored three goals in a 4-0 win last Tuesday at North Yarmouth Academy as the Wildcats sewed up the top seed in Western Class B.

Lucy Fowler, Lake Region senior: Scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Sacopee Valley in the fifth-seeded Lakers’ regular-season finale.

Hannah Skvorak, Windham sophomore: Scored three goals as the Eagles ended the regular season with a 4-0 win against playoff-bound Biddeford.

 AREA TOP 5

1. York

2. Scarborough

3. Cheverus

4. Marshwood

5. Massabesic

Instead of it being sudden victory as the rule intends, Thornton was given a third corner because the game officials felt a set needed to be completed. Thornton tied the game, but Sanford went on to win with the only goal in the fourth set.

Weatherbie said the only reason the corner sequences are broken into sets is to allow a two-minute break between sets for coaches to meet with their players.

At no point does a set need to be completed. As soon as their is a difference in score when both teams have had equal turns, the game is over.

Weatherbie added the procedures have remained unchanged for approximately 10 years.

CHEVERUS HAS again opted to give up its home field in favor of playing on artificial turf.

As the fourth seed in Western Class A, the Stags (11-2-1) had the right to play on their grass field. Instead, they will host No. 4 Marshwood (11-3) Wednesday at Deering High’s Memorial Field. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

“Pretty much every game after this is on turf if you’re lucky enough to get through,” Cheverus Coach Amy McMullin said. “We just think it helps the girls.”

Last year Cheverus used Cape Elizabeth’s facilities for its quarterfinal and semifinal games before losing at Scarborough in the regional final.

The game could feature an excellent one-on-one matchup between Cheverus senior forward Elyse Caiazzo and Marshwood junior midfielder Lindsey Poirier. Caiazzo marked up Poirier in the Stags’ 1-0 win at Marshwood in the regular season.

“They’ll both be around each other. We may put someone else on (Poirier) just to change things up,” McMullin said.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at:scraig@pressherald.comTwitter: SteveCCraig

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