October 29, 2013

Field hockey regional finals feature freshmen

Lily Posternak is a key player for Class B York High.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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WESTERN MAINE FINALS

Tuesday at Thornton Academy

CLASS A: Scarborough (15-0-1) vs. Massabesic (14-2), 7:30 p.m.

CLASS B: York (16-0) vs. Spruce Mountain (15-0-1), 5:30 p.m.

CLASS C: Lisbon (13-2) vs. North Yarmouth Academy (13-2-1), 3:30 p.m.

The Class C game is the one unlikely to be impacted by freshmen.

Lisbon has 11 seniors, five of whom start. NYA has six seniors intent on retaining the title. Both teams possess good team speed and are strong up the middle and have a vivid memory of Lisbon stunning the favored Panthers in last year’s regional final.

“Last year was a case of ‘Who’s Lisbon?’ and this year teams know who we are,” Lisbon Coach Julie Wescott said. “They’re a turf team so they’re one up on us on that count but we’re fast, too, so that will kind of even each other out.”

Lisbon has five scorers with at least five goals and does have a deeper bench. The offense is paced by senior Hanna Jordan and junior Arianna Kahler, with Bailey Cutler the key in the midfield.

“When we came into it last year as the defending state champions we had everything to lose,” NYA Coach Tracy Quimby said. “This year we only have something to gain. They have something to lose.”

NYA’s offense goes through senior Olivia Madore and sophomore Juju Tardiff. Elizabeth Coughlin, a junior, is considered one of the state’s top goalies. 

THE EAST regional final at Hampden Academy is another trio of top-ranked matchups. At 3:30, the Eastern C final pits No. 1 Foxcroft Academy (15-0-1) vs. No. 2 Winslow (5-1), followed by Class A No. 1 Skowhegan (16-0) vs. No. 2 Messalonskee (14-2) at 5:30; and Class B No. 1 Nokomis (16-0) vs. No. 2 Old Town (14-1-1) at 7:30.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at:

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