Busline League sports

Troy Howard nips Oceanside for middle school field hockey crown

Perennial champion Lions beat Mariners 2-1 in well-played, competitive finale
By Staff | Oct 21, 2016
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Troy Howard's Sarah Woods, right, battle for the ball as Lions Kiara Doolan (9), Kellie Scott (6) and Reilly Nickerson (11) look on during the Oct. 20 Busline League middle school field hockey championship game at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. The Lions beat the Mariners 2-1 for their fifth straight league crown.

Rockport — The original six squads who started the single-elimination playoffs and hoped to win the coveted Busline League middle school field hockey championship was down to two teams on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 20 and then, after a competitive battle between the two finalists, a familiar champion emerged.

No. 1 Troy Howard Middle School "A" outlasted No. 3 Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 2-1 in the league finale at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Troy Howard led 1-0 at halftime.

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Watch video of championship game below.

The Lions finished the campaign 12-0, while the Mariners ended 7-5-1.

In the championship game, Madison Limeburner and Hailee Lindelof scored goals for Troy Howard. Madison Shorey played in the cage for the Lions.

For Oceanside, Emma Gerrish scored and Alexa Barstow was in the cage.

"I told the girls in the beginning of the game that it is difficult to beat a team three times, and that it is a championship game and that anything can happen," said Troy Howard coach Sara McIntire Bryant. "I am pleased with both Oceanside and Belfast with a well-played, competitive game. They both played their hearts out and that is how a championship should be played."

Bryant, who has led the team most years since 2007, added that "it takes a village. We are lucky to have parent and community support for our program. We start our girls young and are fortunate we have great coaches for our feeder program and the support of our high school team. Our girls are passionate about the sport and it shows. We plan on continuing our streak"

"I'm very proud of my team," said Oceanside coach Brooke Dugan. "They have come so far this year. We had a lot of skills we had to work on thoughout the season and when it counted everything came together and everyone played as a team. This was their best game yet."

Troy Howard was the four-time defending league champion and had won most years in recent decades. Troy Howard has such a rich field hockey tradition that the middle school had two teams this year.

Troy Howard "A" includes Sarah Woods, Emily Woods, Reilly Nickerson, Madisyn Morse, Ella Ardizoni, Hailey Hall, Hailee Lindelof, Savana Blood, Maddy Limburner, Kellie Scott, Madison Burgess, Sadie Wheeler, Kiara Doolan, Ruthie Pease, Gracie Littlefield amd Madison Shorey. The coaches are Sara McIntire Bryant for "A" and Brianna Brennick for "B."

Oceanside includes Erin Corcoran, Erin Stevenson, Anna Campbell, Lily Judecki, Eden Butler, Colette Black, Lainie Hooper, Allison Small, Winter Adams, Emma Comparato, Emma Young, Emma Gerrish, Seanna Montgomery, Grace Young, Caileigh Pease, Alexa Barstow, Maria Protheroe and Quincy Flynn. The head coach is Brooke Dugan and assistant coach is Molly Hooper.

In semifinal action on Tuesday, Oct. 18, No. 3 Oceanside posted a 1-0 win over No. 2 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, while No. 1 Troy Howard “A” defeated No. 5 Troy Howard “B," score unavailable.

In prelim playoff action on Friday, Oct. 14, No. 3 Oceanside defeated No. 6 Camden-Rockport 4-2 and No. 5 Troy Howard "B" beat No. 4 Boothbay, score unavailable.

The final regular-season standings were: Troy Howard Middle school "A" 10-0, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 8-2, Oceanside Middle School of Thomaston/Rockland 5-4-1, Boothbay Region Elementary School 4-6, Troy Howard Middle School "B" 2-7-1 and Camden-Rockport Middle School 0-10.

The following is a recap of previously reported playoff results:

No. 3 Oceanside 1, No. 2 Great Salt Bay 0

At Newcastle Oct. 18, the Mariners edged the Cougars to advance to the league title game. Oceanside led 1-0 at halftime.

Erin Corcoran scored the lone goal of the game for the Mariners, while Alexis Barstow played in the cage for the visitors.

No. 1 Troy Howard "A" 3, No. 5 Troy Howard "B" 0

At Belfast Oct. 18, the higher-ranked Lions blanked their schoolmates to advance to the league title game.

Kiara Doolan, Maddie Limeburner and Sarah Woods each scored goals for Troy Howard "A."

Madison Shorey played in goal for the higher seed and Kara Richards for the lower seed.

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

Oceanside versus Troy Howard field hockey
Troy Howard and Oceanside battle for Busline League middle school field hockey supremacy on Oct. 20 in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard Middle School Lions of Belfast, the 2016 Busline League field hockey undefeated regular-season and tournament champions. Team members hold up four fingers and a thumb for five straight league titles. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Emily Woods, left, and Oceanside's Erin Stevenson. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Maria Protheroe, front, as well as Troy Howard's Hailee Lindelof (14) and Sadie Wheeler. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Colette Black (30 and Grace Young (24), along with Troy Howard's Sarah Woods, left, and Kellie Scott. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Colette Black, right, and Grace Young, as well as Troy Howard's Sarah Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Hailee Lindelof, middle, and Emily Woods, right, along with Oceanside's Caileigh Pease, left, and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Hailee Lindelof, middle, Emily Woods, right, and Sadie Wheeler, back, along with Oceanside's Caileigh Pease, left, and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Emily Woods, left, as well as Oceanside's Caileigh Pease, right, and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Maria Protheroe, left, as well as Troy Howard's Emily Woods, middle, and Sadie Wheeler. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Erin Corcoran, left, and Troy Howard's Emily Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Seanna Montgomey, right, Troy Howard's Hailee Lindelof, left. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Sarah Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Emma Young, right, and Lily Judecki, left, as well as Troy Howard's Emily Woods (16) and Kiara Doolan. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside goalie Alexa Barstow, middle, makes a save. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Erin Corcoran, left, and Troy Howard's Emily Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Sarah Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Erin Corcoran, right, and Troy Howard's Sadie Wheeler. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Caileigh Pease, left, and Lainie Hooper (44), among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Lainie Hooper, middle, and Caileigh Pease (42), as well as Troy Howard's Madisyn Morse, left, and Hailey Hall. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Maria Protheroe, middle, and Erin Corcoran, right, along with Troy Howard's Hailee Lindelof. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Reilly Nickerson, left, and Oceanside's Seanna Montgomery. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard's Kellie Scott, left, and Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, right, among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, front, and Troy Howard's Kiara Doolan. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Troy Howard's Reilly Nickerson (11), among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Troy Howard's Reilly Nickerson (11), among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Seanna Montgomery, left, and Maria Protheroe, back, along with Troy Howard's Sadie Wheeler, left, and Sarah Woods. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Colette Black, left, and Troy Howard's Sadie Wheeler. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard players begin their championship celebration. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard players come together with goalie Madison Shorey, middle, after the game. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard players, including Hailee Lindelof (14), Sarah Woods (12) and Emily Woods (16), run to collect their championship plaque. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Troy Howard Middle School Lions of Belfast, the 2016 Busline League field hockey undefeated regular-season and tournament champions. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside Middle School Mariners of Thomaston/Rockland, the 2016 Busline League field hockey tournament runners-up. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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