Many in the Belfast community knew this year’s high school field hockey team would be a force to be reckoned with, and that fact was reaffirmed following the first game of the year when the Lions traveled to Newport and battled defending state Class B champion Nokomis of Newport to a 1-1 tie.

Since then, the Lions have rattled off six straight victories, the most recent being a 6-1 win over Morse of Bath Sept. 17 at Belfast. Not only is the Waldo County squad unbeaten, but the Lions are ranked second in Eastern Class B behind those same Warriors.

Not bad for a BAHS team that lost nine seniors to graduation.

While leadership might have been a question mark for this season on a squad that lost so many seniors, the Lions also have nine more senior this fall and a wealth of experienced underclassmen who certainly have impressed to the midway point of the season.

“Team chemistry has been the key,” said Lion coach Allen Holmes, who is in his 39th year guiding the team. “Strong leadership and everybody has bought into the idea that passing and unselfish play will result in good things and we’ve been able to win a few games with that [mentality]. It’s caught on really well and we’re going to stay with it as long as we can.”

While much of the scoring has come from twin sisters Kari and Kristi Osgood, along with Lexi Nelligan and Maddy Cummings, Holmes made it clear there are no weak links on this year’s squad and all players are contributing to the team’s success.

“Pretty much the whole team has given us the opportunity to be where we are,” he said.

In the Sept. 17 game, Brooklyn Curry (2 goals), Kari Osgood (goal, 3 assists), Kristi Osgood (goal), Nelligan (goal), Cummings (goal), Kaysea Harford (2 assists) and Emily Blood (assist) led the offense, while Sierra Wood and Julia Ward combined to make two saves on three shots in the cage.

Belfast (6-0-1, 34.9617 points) is second in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points for Eastern Class B, while Nokomis (5-0-1, 41.3903 points) is first in the 14-team region.

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