For the second straight year, the McNally Senior All-Star Field Hockey Game will be the centerpiece of the Maine Field Hockey Festival.

Both will be at Colby College in Waterville, with the festival running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the senior game at noon at Bill Alfond Field.

“We like having it at Colby, because it’s a central location for the most part,” said Jeannine Paradis, the treasurer of the Maine Field Hockey Association. “We love it that we have all these current high school kids who stay there to watch.”

The McNally game is named after longtime Gardiner Area High School coach Moe McNally. Last year was one of the best games in the history of the event, as the West took a 3-0 lead before the East rallied to tie the score. After eight minutes of seven-on-seven overtime, the game was declared a 3-3 tie.

This year’s rosters will be the 33 seniors who were selected to the all-state team last fall. Players eligible for the East include Gardiner’s Kaylee Heath and Becca Paradee, Mt. View’s Hayleigh Kein and Chrissy Larrabee, Cony’s Asia Le, Jordin McGinnis of Nokomis, Winslow’s Danielle Quirion, Waterville’s Lexi Russo, Abbey Stacey of Messalonskee and Winthrop’s Nikki Scott.

The West roster includes former Cony standout Kristen Felt, who won the Miss Maine Field Hockey award while playing for Scarborough last season.

A total of 24 teams will play in the festival, which was won by Leavitt last year. The games will be seven-on-seven format on Bill Alfond Field and Seaverns Field. Paradis said last year teams playing on Seaverns Field in the first games after the McNally game had to leave early to be on time for those games, so the schedule has been tweaked this year to allow everyone to watch the whole McNally game.

Admission to the McNally game is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $20 for families. This year, proceeds will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn. Paradis said the all-star players and the festival teams have been asked to bring canned goods to donate.

“This year, we decided the way the economy is, to do the food (bank), because their donations are so low with food,” Paradis said. “They’ll have a truck there so we can send a bunch of food back with them.”

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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