NEWPORT — There was a lot of action in Tuesday afternoon’s field hockey game between Winslow and Nokomis. Some of it was good and some of it was scary.

The good came in the form of five goals, fine saves by goalies Alexis Lachance of Winslow and Kendra Underhill of Nokomis, and the individual brilliance of Winslow’s Alli Leclair and Nokomis’ Taylor Lovley. The scary came in the second half.

Within five minutes of game action, Winslow’s JoAnn Bourgoin and Nokomis’ Drew Graves were each hit in the head and stayed down for several minutes. Both girls were eventually all right, and Nokomis finished out a 3-2 victory.

With 14:55 left in the game, Bourgoin was inadvertently hit with a stick and was bleeding from her forehead. Bourgoin is the daughter of Winslow coach Mary Beth Bourgoin, and assistant Cheryl Winkin coached the Black Raiders for about five minutes while Bourgoin stayed with her daughter.

Barely four minutes later, Graves took a ball off the face and got a long cut on her left eyebrow. It appeared as though the cut came from the goggles Graves was required to wear, as the force of the ball apparently pushed the goggles into her skin.

Nokomis led 3-1 when the game was stopped for Bourgoin’s injury, and Winslow immediately forced the action when play resumed. Lachance made a quick right-foot save to stop a drive by Abbi Donaldson, and at the other end, the Black Raiders hit the left post with a shot. With 2:31 left, Leclair sent a shot from the right side that somehow traveled through a crowd of players and into the left corner of the cage, making it a 3-2 game.

“The first injury, a couple of girls were shaken up by it, because one of them was the person who accidentally hit the other girl,” Nokomis coach Katie Thompson said. “I think after that, our defense was kind of hesitant, and they didn’t want to swing too much. After the second injury, the whole team was just kind of a little flat when we went back out.”

Winslow (3-2) continued to be the more aggressive team and earned a penalty corner with seven seconds left. The rules require corners to be played to their conclusion if the game is still in doubt, so the Raiders were able to set up a play. Jenn Poulin slid the ball over to Bethany Winkin for a shot, but Underhill made the save and booted the ball out past the 25-yard line to end the game.

“It was stressful,” Underhill said. “They had a lot of their team in the circle. I knew I had to watch Alli, especially, when she had the ball.”

Nokomis (3-1) began the game on fire, completely dominating the first seven minutes with five straight corners. That didn’t result in a goal, but Kelsey Kerstetter made a nice individual play to carry the ball into the circle near the right post. Kerstetter lost the ball and Lachance sent it out, but Lovley stopped the clear and drilled in a shot to give Nokomis a 1-0 lead with 15:12 left in the half.

The Raiders tried to cherry-pick with their offense, sending a forward to hang out by the left post.

Since Nokomis was slow to mark this forward, Winslow created offense with fast breaks, and tied the score at 1-1 when Makenzie Winslow tapped in a shot. Nokomis regained the lead with 5:42 left in the half when Donaldson converted a short pass from Graves, and made it 3-1 early in the second half when Lindsay Whitney drove in a long shot.

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243
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