Last year, Troy Howard Middle School earned a piece of the Busline League field hockey championship pie with Rockland District Middle School, but this season, RDMS/Thomaston Grammar School was not willing to share even in a semifinal playoff game as the No. 1 squad nipped the Lions 1-0.

No. 4 Troy Howard (4-6) visited No. 1 Rockland (8-0-1) Monday for a semifinal playoff game postponed from last week. The Lions knew they had their work cut out for them against RDMS/TGS, but the Lions did keep the contest competitive, eventually falling 1-0.

Rockland will meet No. 2 Camden-Rockport Middle School (6-2-1) on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the league championship at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

Payton Billingsley scored the lone goal with 11:57 left in the first half on an assist from Jackie Thorbjornson. Zoe Billington played in goal for Rockland/TGS, while Madison Littlefield guarded the Troy Howard cage.

RDMS/TGS had 16 shots on goal and seven penalty corners. Statistics for the Lions were unavailable.

No. 2 Camden-Rockport Middle School defeated No. 3 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta (4-5) 2-1 in overtime last week in a semifinal playoff game to earn a spot in the championship.

In the semifinal playoff between host CRMS and GSB Oct. 14, the Schooners prevailed 2-1 in overtime, as Rose Flanagan scored 10 minutes into the first half and Macy Buck tallied the game-winner for the Schooners in the overtime. Both goals were unassisted. Tori Arau played in the cage for CRMS.

Troy Howard beat Boothbay last week in a quarterfinal playoff game during the single-elimination postseason tournament to set up the semifinal matches.

The final regular-season standings for the five-team league were: Rockland/Thomaston 7-0-1, Camden-Rockport 5-2-1, Great Salt Bay 4-4, Troy Howard Middle School 3-5 and Boothbay Elementary School 0-8.

Last year, Rockland and Troy Howard finished as co-champs.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.