April 14, 2012

Telegram All-State Girls’ Hockey
A defenseman by title, but quite an offensive threat

Megan Fortier scored 48 goals while leading Falmouth to the Western Maine championship.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Megan Fortier is a three-sport athlete at Falmouth High and plans to play two sports – hockey and field hockey – when she attends Colby College starting in the fall.

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Megan Fortier

TELEGRAM ALL-STATE GIRLS' HOCKEY

• Devan Kane, sophomore, goalie, Scarborough

A two-time All-State performer, Kane had a 0.83 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage.

• Emma Seymour, senior, goalie, Greely

After a stellar regular season, Seymour raised her game in the playoffs, allowing a total of three goals in three games to help the Rangers win their first state title.

• Raechel Allen, senior, forward, Portland/Deering

Allen, a repeat All-State selection, had 36 goals and 25 assists this season. She recorded her 100th career goal in January.

• Eliza Brooks, junior, forward, Brunswick

Part of a dynamic line for the Dragons, Brooks created plays and scored, amassing 22 goals and 18 assists for the top-seeded team in the East.

• Nicci Heroux, senior, forward, York

A two-time All-State player, Heroux remained one of the most dangerous players on the ice despite being slowed by injuries.

• Taylor Landry, sophomore, forward, Leavitt/Edward Little

Landry was the top scoring threat in the East and led the Red Hornets to two wins over Greely.

• Rachel Maroney, junior, forward, Brunswick

If there was a big goal scored for the Dragons, Maroney was usually involved. She led her team with 23 goals and added 16 assists.

• Paige Tuller, junior, forward, Greely

On an incredibly balanced championship team, Tuller gets the All-State nod for her leadership and play-making (11 goals, 13 assists).

• Monica Aaskov, senior, defenseman, Falmouth

Named All-State for the second straight year, Aaskov was the classic stay-at-home defenseman for the Yachtsmen, the top team in the West.

• Drew Barry, junior, defenseman, Portland/Deering

On a team with individual talent, Barry stood out with her defensive play and puck movement. She had 20 goals and 13 assists).

• Megan Fortier, senior, defenseman, Falmouth

An All-State pick in 2010, Fortier played prep school hockey last year but returned this season and was a dominant player, totaling 60 points.

• Sarah Laquerre, senior, defenseman, Cheverus

A four-year standout for the Stags, Laquerre kept a rebuilding Cheverus team competitive with her puck movement and leadership.

Coach Of The Year

Nate Guerin, Greely

Guerin had the Rangers play a team-oriented system and guided Greely to a 16-5 record. The Rangers went through a three-game losing streak near the end of the season, but Guerin directed a turnaround that resulted in three playoff wins and a state title.

Falmouth High figured to have a good team heading into the 2011-12 girls' hockey season.

But a 17-1 regular-season record and state runner-up plaque?

"It was definitely better than we expected," Megan Fortier said. "We came into the season not knowing how much potential we had."

Of course, there was the addition of Fortier, who returned to Falmouth after a year of prep school hockey at North Yarmouth Academy.

Instant impact.

Fortier, a senior defenseman, could cover anyone with her quickness. And when she had the puck, watch out. Her specialty was taking possession from the Falmouth end and flying up the ice, zig-zagging her way through defenders and then snapping off a blistering wrist shot. Fortier scored 48 goals and added 12 assists.

Fortier is the Maine Sunday Telegram player of the year.

"Megan Fortier is the best player I have seen this season," Brunswick Coach Bill Bodwell said. "She possesses great speed with the puck."

She used that speed and puck-handling to the Yachtsmen's benefit.

"She has a tremendously deep skill set," Falmouth Coach Rob Carrier said. "She's an excellent stick-handler, has an accurate shot, great ice awareness to find open teammates and, most importantly, she has a quick acceleration that makes it difficult for her to be defended one-on-one.

"Her ability to take over a game forced teams to game-plan for her, usually shadowing her or throwing multiple defenders at her we were able to take advantage of this by either Megan getting a quality scoring chance or finding the open player."

Fortier's offensive skill is not a mistake. On other teams, she might have played forward. Falmouth uses its best skaters on defense to protect the goal while also generating offense from the back.

Next year, Fortier will play forward at Colby College. She also plans to play field hockey for the Mules. She will take the spring off from sports in college, although she is playing lacrosse for Falmouth.

Accepted early to Colby, Fortier hopes to study psychology, with a minor in education. Leading and working with youth seems to be a gift.

"Off the ice, she is a leader, helping a team of 20 girls stay focused and working hard, especially when most players want to take it easy," Carrier said. "She, along with our other captains – Monica Aaskov and Abby Payson – helped turn a good team into a great one.

"She is also a terrific role model for young girls playing sports."

Fortier headlines the Telegram All-State team, which includes six forwards, four defensemen and two goalies. The exclusive group made for some real apples vs. oranges picks, especially when choosing representatives from the deep, balanced teams from state champion Greely and East No. 1 seed Brunswick.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

kthomas@pressherald.com

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

 

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