If you haven’t checked out some of the best senior field hockey players in the state, you can see a bunch just by traveling to Hampden Academy this evening.

All four finalists for the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award are on teams playing for Eastern Maine championships at the Weatherbee Complex today. The players are Skowhegan’s Nicole Sevey and Jessie Skillings, Messalonskee’s Katie Bernatchez and Marissa Shaw of Nokomis.

The Miss Maine Field Hockey Award is given annually to the state’s top senior player. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 at the Maine Field Hockey Association banquet at the Augusta Civic Center. Scarborough’s Kristen Felt won the award last year.

The four finalists had to do a lot just to stand out as seniors on their own teams. Messalonskee’s Jess Boghosian, Nokomis’ Becca Boyce and Skowhegan’s Mikayla Fitzmaurice are all outstanding defensive players. Nokomis forward Leah Edmondson has 33 goals this season and is headed to Northeastern, and Messalonskee goalie Lexy Cole will be playing at the University of New Hampshire next year.

Skowhegan plays Messalonskee at 5:30 p.m. in the Eastern A final. Skillings has 27 goals and 15 assists this season, while Sevey has 11 goals and 15 assists.

Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty said Sevey and Skillings have some similarities — both work extremely hard in practice and will be playing at the University of Maine next season, for example — but their personalities are as different as can be.

“Coley is like our rock,” Doughty said. “Except to rest for a minute or two, she’s played every minute of every game for four years. She’s the one who’s always calm. She’s the one who’s pragmatic. Jessie’s the opposite. Jessie’s like our firecracker. She gets people fired up.

“They’re just like yin and yang, but they complement each other so well. They’re nothing alike at all, but they’re good leaders for our team.”

Bernatchez, a back, controls the middle of the field for Messalonskee and often leads the transition from defense to offense.

“Katie is kind of the glue that holds all the parts together,” Messalonskee coach Katie Gorham said. “Her leadership, her skills, just how well she works with everyone and her communication — it determines the flow of the game for us.”

Shaw, who has 16 goals this season, plays a similar role as a midfielder for Nokomis.

“She’s a strong offensive and defensive player on our team,” Nokomis coach Katie Thompson said. “She’s, somehow or other, basically got her hands on every play that goes on on the field. She sets the tone for us with her intensity level.”

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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