The Majestix Field Hockey U16 team will be playing in Lancaster, Pa., Sunday through Tuesday as one of the 16 teams to qualify for the National Club Championship.

Majestix includes 17 players, representing Messalonskee, Skowhegan, Lawrence, Winslow, Mt. Blue, Gardiner, Mt. View and Belfast.

Majestix qualified by finishing second at the Regional Club Championship. Majestix won its pool, then faced North East Elite of Windham, N.H., for the right to qualify for nationals. Messalonskee’s Ally Corbett scored in regulation, and the teams went to a shootout tied at 1.

“The offensive player starts at the 25, and has eight seconds to score on the goalie,” Majestix coach Katie McCabe said. “They can shoot as many times as they want in those eight seconds.”

The teams were tied after five rounds apiece, and went to a “sudden victory” round. After Messalonskee’s Emily Hogan scored, Winslow goalie Delaney Wood made a save to secure the win.

“When we got to the shootout, it all sort of hit us — like, ‘We’re going to be qualifying for nationals,'” said Lawrence’s Lilla Tilton-Flood, who also plays for Majestix.

“It was probably one of the biggest games we’ve had,” Corbett said. “We poured our hearts out. We tried our hardest, and obviously it paid off.”

McCabe, Corbett and Tilton-Flood all agreed that the level of play at regionals was higher than what you would see in a central Maine high school game.

“It’s definitely a more advanced stage,” McCabe said. “These teams have a lot more touches on the ball. You could tell that they had been practicing. You could just tell that they put a lot of work on their individual skills.”

McCabe said she tries to have everybody play, every game, although there are a handful of players who play most of the game. In goal, Wood splits time with Skowhegan goalie Leah Kruse.

“Delaney and Leah are both elite goalies,” McCabe said.

North East Elite also qualified for nationals as a wild card, giving Majestix another indication of the quality of teams it will face at nationals.

“Looking at the teams that are also going to be there, it’s the top teams that are at every tournament that we go to,” McCabe said. “They have juniors who already know where they’re going to college. It’s a very tough competition.”

In other Majestix news, Corbett, Hogan and Riley Field — all of whom are on the U16 team — were selected to play the USA Field Hockey AAU Junior Olympic games. The games will be played in Iowa from July 30 to Aug. 2.

“It’s a little bit higher (level) than the National Futures Championship that I went to earlier this summer,” Corbett said.


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