December 9, 2012

Telegram All-State Girls' Soccer: On offense or defense, Bucksbaum was in command

Caitlin Bucksbaum not only was Falmouth's leading scorer, but also a tireless worker.

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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In two seasons at Falmouth High, Caitlin Bucksbaum led her team to back-to-back Class B state championships. She plans to play soccer at Villanova starting next fall.

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TELEGRAM ALL-STATE GIRLS’ SOCCER

Caton Beaulieu, Greely, senior goalie

Beaulieu posted nine shutouts with a .956 save percentage and a 0.266 goals-against average in 15 regular-season games. She's headed to Northeastern University.

Caitlin Bucksbaum, Falmouth, senior midfielder

Bucksbaum, who's bound for Villanova, scored four game-winning goals to lead the Yachtsmen to their third consecutive Class B state championship.

Anna Cowan, Brunswick, junior striker

Named to KVAC Class A South Division's first team, Cowan led the Dragons in scoring with 28 goals and nine assists.

Grace MacLean, Bangor, senior forward

The KVAC Class A North player of the year, MacLean had a team-high 33 goals and 12 assists to lead the Rams into their third consecutive state final.

Abby Maker, Cheverus, junior forward

A very active, quick forward, Maker put in 28 goals to lead the Stags in scoring for the second consecutive season.

Sarah Martens, Scarborough, senior forward

Martens scored a school-record 20 goals, including the winning goals in four tournament games, to lead the Red Storm to their second Class A state championship in three seasons.

Maria Philbrick, Scarborough, senior back

Philbrick anchored a defense that allowed just five goals and posted 13 shutouts, helping the Red Storm claim their third consecutive Western Class A title.

Caitlin Saulter, Hermon, junior striker

The Penobscot Valley Conference Class B Player of the Year, Saulter scored 29 goals to lead the Hawks to their first appearance in a state final in 18 seasons.

Kayla Swasey, York, senior midfielder

An outstanding two-way player, Swasey led the Wildcats with 11 goals. She's headed to United States Military Academy.

Jordan Symonds, Windham, senior back

A terrific one-on-one defender, Symonds anchored a defense that posted seven shutouts and allowed 11 goals in 16 games.

Miracle Trimble, Morse, sophomore forward

Trimble led Western Class B with 32 goals to help propel the Shipbuilders to their second consecutive appearance in the regional final.

Coach of the Year

Todd Dominski, Waynflete

In his fourth season as head coach, Dominski guided the Flyers to their first state Class C title since 2008. "I try to empower the kids," said Dominski, a Connecticut native who played three seasons at the University of Southern Maine. "Basically, I try to teach them how to play as a group, to get them realize we are in this together. They work so hard for each other. They care about each other, and it's awesome."

FALMOUTH - Caitlin Bucksbaum moved to Maine in time to lead Falmouth to two Class B girls' soccer state championships.

Bucksbaum, a midfielder who previously played for high school teams in Vermont and North Carolina, led the Yachtsmen in both goals and assists during her two seasons with the team.

She made a lot of her contributions this fall at the most critical points of games, as she scored four game-winning goals and assisted on five winning goals.

"She was not a 25-goal scorer on our team, but it's because she was playing defense equally as much as she was playing offense," Falmouth Coach Wally LeBlanc said. "She worked both ends of the field. The girl was tireless."

Bucksbaum, the Maine Sunday Telegram player of the year, has verbally committed to play at Villanova next fall. She was the only Maine high school player selected for the 20-player Region I squad in the U.S. Olympic Development Program's Thanksgiving Interregional tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.

It was Bucksbaum's approach to the game that impressed her Falmouth teammates the most.

"She probably has the best work ethic that I've ever been privileged to experience," said Cassie Darrow, a senior midfielder. "Most important, she truly loves the game, which is always good to see as teammates. Her passion for the game motivates us, and her hard work motivates us."

Falmouth's offense ran through Bucksbaum at her center midfield position, but she was counted upon to play defense, too.

"She must have played 99 percent of the entire season," LeBlanc said. "I would not take her out of games, and it's because her production never went down. Even if it was the last minute of the game, she was still sprinting to try to help our team. She has fitness, but she has heart to match it."

Bucksbaum, who also is a member of the ski team, said she believes players get out of soccer what they are willing to put into it.

"I think soccer rewards hard work," she said. "I think how well I do is based on how much work I put into it."

Bucksbaum's penchant for hard work extends beyond the soccer pitch.

"She's good at everything she does," Darrow said. "What a lot of people don't know from just watching her on the field is how motivated at school she is. It seems that she does everything well, and with character."

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

pbetit@pressherald.com

Twitter: PaulBetitPPH

 

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