CLASS A

THORNTON ACADEMY (15-2) VS. SKOWHEGAN (15-2)

WHEN: Noon, Saturday

OUTLOOK: Skowhegan will be playing in its 15th consecutive state championship game while the Golden Trojans are making their first appearance. The Indians have won 12 of the last 14 Class A state titles, defeating eight different teams. Their losses have been to Scarborough (2009, 2014). … Skowhegan advanced as senior goalie Leah Krusemade made 11 saves in 2-1 overtime regional title win over Messalonskee. Freshman Lizzie York scored the game-winner for the Indians, who have a very balanced offense. Coach Paula Doughty plays 15 players regularly. … Thornton Academy is paced by senior F Libby Pomerleau, the school’s all-time leading scorer who has 23 goals and 10 assists this year, and sophomore LW Taylor Ouellette, who has 14 goals and three assists, including four goals in the last two playoff games. Senior midfielder Grace Pickering, a finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, and junior midfielder Ali Ouellette pace the defense, especially on defensive corners.

CLASS B

YORK (17-0) VS. WINSLOW (13-3-1)

WHEN: 2 p.m., Saturday

OUTLOOK: Both teams won state championships last year – York in Class B (beating Gardiner 2-1), Winslow in Class C (beating Lisbon 3-1). … The Wildcats, riding a 35-game winning streak, have perhaps the state’s best player in junior midfielder Lily Posternak, who has already committed to play at Duke University. She has 26 goals and 13 assists, and has plenty of help from senior forwards Ali Jones (16 goals, seven assists) and Devon Datsis (19 goals, 13 assists). All three scored in the regional final. The Wildcats play fast and aggressive, looking to keep the pressure on the opposing defense. … The Black Raiders, who beat top-ranked Gardiner 3-1 in the North final, are paced by senior goalie Delaney Wood, a finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey. A three-year starter, she has seven shutouts this season. Winslow has a balanced offense, with midfielders Jessica Greeley and Miranda Gagne in the middle of most of the scoring. Sweeper Ciera Poulin paces the defense.

CLASS C

OAK HILL (12-5) VS. MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE (13-4)

WHEN: 4 p.m., Saturday

OUTLOOK: One of these teams is going to win its first state championship. Both Oak Hill and MCI won their first regional field hockey championships Tuesday, MCI with a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Dexter, Oak Hill with a 3-0 win over defending regional champ Lisbon. … MCI has won nine of its last 10. The Huskies advanced when freshman Madisyn Hartley scored late in the second half Tuesday. Sophomore forward Addi Williams has been hot with six goals in the three playoff games. … The Raiders slumped at the end of the regular season, losing four of their last six games. But they had two 1-0 wins before beating Lisbon 3-0 in the regional final. Abby Fuller has had three playoff shutouts and made five saves against Lisbon.

All games are at the University of Maine, Orono.


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