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Belfast secures second straight Coastal Play Day field hockey championship

Mount View won previous two years; Oceanside, host Camden Hills among participants
By Staff | Aug 23, 2012
Photo by: Mark Haskell Belfast's Maddy Cummings (4) and Camden Hills' Eva Ritchie (2) vie for the ball during the Coastal Field Hockey Play Day Championships Aug. 21 at Camden Hills Regional High School. The Lions prevailed for the second straight year, besting Mount View of Thorndike, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Brunswick and host Camden Hills. Belfast amassed 66 points during the day to secure the win.

Rockport — Last August, the Belfast Area High School field hockey team won the Coastal Field Hockey Play Day championship at Camden Hills Regional High School. The Lions went on to lose only one game all season en route to winning the Eastern and state Class B titles.

The Lions were on the prowl again Aug. 21 at this year's Coastal Play Day tournament, hosted annually by Camden Hills.

And if the results of last year's play day are any indication, this could be the start of another dream season for the Lions.

The Lions collected 66 points on the day and emerged victorious for the second straight year in the play day, besting Waldo County rival Mount View of Thorndike, along with the host Windjammers of Camden Hills, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Brunswick.

Belfast, Oceanside, Mount View and Camden Hills are Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B schools, while Brunswick competes in the KVAC Class A division.

Mount View amassed 55 points to finish second, while Oceanside (51), Camden Hills (25) and Brunswick (7) rounded out the field. Each team played each other once during the daylong event.

Teams were awarded five points for each goal scored and one point for each shot on goal, which put emphasis on improving overall team play than merely outscoring one's opponent.

According to Belfast coach Allen Holmes, the Lions were down in points considerably heading into their final two games of the day — back-to-back contests against Brunswick and Mount View.

"We were down quite a few points," said Holmes. "We had 25 points with two games left, so we scored 41 points in two games."

That demonstrated the team's offensive explosiveness.

The Lions scored four goals (20 points) alone against the Dragons and also had many shots on goal, which helped propel them to the top of the leaderboard.

Holmes, in his 40th year guiding the Belfast program, hopes Tuesday's first-place finish is the start to another dream season.

"It was a good omen in 2011 and I hope it carries through to 2012," said Holmes.

Team members for local squads who participated in Tuesday's event were:

Belfast — Katrina Lapham, Julia Ward, Courtney Drinkwater, Lexi Nelligan, Kaysea Harford, Logan Blood, McKenzie Thibodeau, Madison Cummings, Savana Wood, Dakota Black, Kristine Mehuren, Kelci Grass, Hannah Bailey, Britt Littlefield and Maddy Littlefield. The Lions are coached by Holmes.

Camden Hills — Allie Flint, Megan LeGage, Rebecca Gray, Camilla Walker, Amy Haynes, Avary Lemont, Chelsea Hunter, Addie Bragg, Zia Sulick, Macy Buck, Meg Dowd, Eva Ritchie, Ellie Pendleton and Sarah Haselton. The Windjammers are coached by Jan Holmes-Jackson.

Oceanside — Hannah Plourde, Casey Carroll, Emma Davis, Phoebe Ferraiolo, Lily Feltus, Shale Peters, Molly Mellor, Zoe Proctor, Danielle Bedard, Erika Tardif, Isabella Garver, Brooke Dugan, Jackie Thorbjornson, Amanda Hoppe, Rebekah Freeman, Jannelle Fowlie, Zoe Billington and Molly Tobin. The Mariners are coached by Joanna Hall.

Mount View — Abbie Charrier, Larissa Hannan, Kyrstyn Keating, Brittany Masessa, Andrea Smith, Abby Stubbs, Hannah Towle, Anna Tsomides, Hailey Davis, Mykenna Grotton, Braley Leadbetter, Brittany Moody, Caitlin Poulin, Lauren Richards, Dinah Bilodeau, Kersey Boulay, Lyndsey Morong, Ellie Peaslee and Katie Hannan. The Mustangs are coached by Gloria Hewett.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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