GARDINER — Nickyia Lovely scored two goals as Gardiner defeated Cony 3-1 in the annual Drive Out Cancer Challenge field hockey game Saturday morning at Hoch Field.

The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved to 10 a.m. because of the expected storm. Gardiner coach Sharon Gallant said that Cony was missing some players because of the time change, so the teams decided to play one game, instead of a varsity and then a JV game. Gallant said Gardiner used 36 players in the game.

Gardiner goalie Olivia Philbrook’s grandmother, Pat, is Gardiner’s team statistician. Pat Philbrook’s husband, Alan, died of cancer. In his memory, Pat sponsored Gardiner’s T-shirts, and the family built two new goal cages, which were used for the first time Saturday morning.

Philbrook made six saves, while Madeline Lewis made 11 for Cony. Leah Weymouth gave Gardiner a 1-0 lead on a goal assisted by Maddy Beaulieu. Lovely then scored two unassisted goals in a span of 29 seconds to make the score 3-0. Cari Hopkins scored for Cony in the second half, with an assist from Arika Brochu.

In one of the traditions of the event, each team had honorary captains who survived or are battling cancer. Cony’s honorary captain was Walter Watts, the father of junior forward Lindsay Watts. Gallant said Walter Watts currently has active cancer, and will be starting intravenous chemotherapy on Monday.

“He was great with my kids as well as the Cony kids,” Gallant said. “I thought, ‘What a super-nice man.'”


Lynn Michaud, the mother of Gardiner senior back Emily Michaud, was the Tigers’ honorary captain. Lynn Michaud was diagnosed with breast cancer around the time Emily was beginning her junior season.

“(Lynn) has talked to our kids about how important early detection is to beating any type of cancer,” Gallant said. “There was no history of breast cancer in her family, and she didn’t really have any signs at all.”

Girls Soccer


ERSKINE 2, MT. VIEW 0: Avery Bond scored eight minutes in and Erskine’s defense clamped down to limit Mt. View to two shots and post the shutout in their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B clash in Thorndike.

Kaylee Porter added an insurance goal at the 34-minute mark for the Eagles (1-0). Lauren Wood and Mallory Chamberlain posted assists. Cass Ray made one save in net while Logan Basford stopped 10 shots for Mt. View (0-1).


MONMOUTH 10, MT. ABRAM 0: Emily Grandahl scored three goals and dished out two assists as six different Mustangs scored in a shutout of Mt. Abram in Monmouth.

Sidney Wilson and Haley Fletcher scored two goals apiece for Monmouth. Sammy Grandahl added a goal and two assists and Maddie Bumann and Taylor Spadafora chipped in with a goal apiece.

Mikayla Cameron and Maddie Neal split time in goal for the Mustangs (2-0), who outshot the Roadruners, 25-2.

Boys Soccer


HALL-DALE 3, ST. DOMINIC 0: Nat Crocker scored a pair of goals to pace the Bulldogs to a win in their season opener.


Jake Young had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Sinclair and Ryan Fitzgerald also chipped in with assists. Brian Allen made nine saves to pick up the shutout in net for Hall-Dale (0-1-0).

MT. ARARAT 5, MESSALONSKEE 1: In a battle between Eagles, Mt. Ararat (1-0-0) scored four times in the second half to down Messalonskee.

Cole Guerin broke a scoreless game with his goal late in the second half, and it was not until the final 17 minutes of the second half that it pulled away.

Will Couture had the lone score for Messalonskee, while Jonah Webb made 12 saves in net.

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