The Messalonskee boys lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season April 30, a 10-8 setback to rival Brunswick.
“It was a tough game,” Messalonskee coach Tom Sheridan said. “We played well overall but took some bad penalties. You can’t do that against Brunswick. After that game, we just wanted to move on.”
The Eagles (5-1) did just that, winning three consecutive games (Cony, Mt. Ararat and Deering) by a combined 45-5.
“We learned a lot from the Brunswick game,” Sheridan said. “We’re feeling pretty good with where we’re at right now. We’re trying to gear up for the second half of the season.”
Messalonskee plays at Oxford Hills (0-6) today.
The rematch with Brunswick (5-1) comes May 23 in Oakland.
“We’re looking forward to that, definitely,” Sheridan said. “We thought this is a team we’d see three or four times.”
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While Zach Glazier and Toby Smith have accounted for much of the scoring for the Maranacook/Winthrop boys lacrosse team, the Hawks are showing signs of a more well-rounded attack.
In a 13-3 win over Oak Hill on May 8, Glazier led the Hawks with four goals while Smith added two.
However, Denver Cram tallied three goals for Maranacook/Winthrop and Kyle Morand added a pair. Alex Tooth and James Canwell also scored.
It’s a welcome sight for coach Zach Stewart, who asked his players to step up offensively during the team’s nine days of practice between games.
“That was very good to see, we had been working on that all week,” Stewart said. “I keep telling them (that) this isn’t the Zach and Toby show. We try to create key terms so that they understand the overall message I’m trying to send. Our midfielders are fantastic. We just happen to have two studs, so the midfielders don’t have to contribute as much. But it was really nice getting the midfielders involved.”
It’s a welcome sight for the team as well because it gives fellow teammates a chance to get in on the fun offensively, making the Hawks’ offensive attack even more dangerous.
“It’s nice, because it’s all around,” Cram said. “No one knows if it’s going to be Toby. No one knows if it’s going to be Glazier, or me, or Alex Tooth or someone else like that. We’re a pretty good team all around.”
The all-around offense continued into the Hawks’ latest win, a 22-7 decision over Gardiner on Monday. While Smith, Glazier and Cram accounted for 13 goals, the Hawks also had three goals from Canwell, two from Tooth and goals from Morand, Logan Emery and Josh Murphy.
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The Cony girls have shown they can make a comeback, in two different forms.
The Rams erased a four goal deficit to beat Messalonskee 11-10 on April 29. and a little over one week later lost a lead but came back to force overtime on Mt. Ararat on May 8. Cony eventually won the game 15-13.
Hayley Quirion scored the deciding goal in the game against Messalonskee, firing a shot from about 20 feet away from the net with 38 seconds remaining in the contest.
Against Mt. Ararat, Bayleigh Logan and Emily Quirion each scored six goals to lead the Rams to victory. Logan scored the go-ahead goal in overtime to help seal the win.
“I’ve said to the girls how proud I am of the girls for showing composure during those first two wins,” Cony head coach Gretchen Livingston said. “We didn’t play for nine days between our first game and our second game, and to have a whole nine days between games early in the season was challenging. I didn’t know how they would show up playing against Mt. Ararat.”
The Rams’ long layoff was due to bad weather, as a cancelled game against Portland on May 10 led to a nine-day break in between games.
Livingston credits her team’s ability to maintain focus with situational work at practice, mixed with the leadership of the team’s seniors to it success.
“I’ve got eight returning varsity seniors and they’re certainly setting a great example, with their play, with their attitude, with their leadership,” Livingston said. “Their determination and dedication has been pretty remarkable right now.”
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If you travel to lacrosse games throughout the area, you will find players have become creative when it comes to the color of their socks and cleats. It can be completely different from the color of the team’s actual uniforms, as members of the Maranacook/Winthrop boys lacrosse team have shown with their neon colored socks and cleats to complement the team’s black, yellow and green uniforms.
However, Mikey Pease is making a fashion statement that fits the Oak Hill boys lacrosse team’s red, white and blue uniforms.
Pease, a junior, has been wearing Under Armour cleats bearing the symbol of Captain America, the popular Marvel Comics superhero. The attire goes beyond the cleats though. Pease was also wearing a Captain America t-shirt underneath his Raiders jersey.
“My teammates thought it was weird at first,” Pease said. “I also have the Captain America drawstring bag.”
Weird or not, the Captain America gear seems to be working. The Raiders have done their best “Avengers” impression so far, dispatching all challengers en route to an unblemished 5-0 record.
Sports editor Bill Stewart contributed to this report
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