When the Mount View field hockey team lost a slew of talented players — including two All-State student-athletes — to graduation from a 2010 squad that finished first in Eastern Class B during the regular season, as co-league champions and advanced to the regional final, most opponents figured the Mustangs would experience a down year, perhaps even be in a rebuilding mode, in the fall of 2011.

Well, as it turns out, Mount View found a way to rebuild in a hurry and has stunned many foes with overall stellar play — and plenty of on-field success.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Mustangs have won nine games, tied one and lost only twice — and appear a lock for a solid playoff spot.

And it turns out the Mustangs also can sing. Who knew?

The Mustangs, of course, who always believed in their playing ability and singing skills. And both were on beautiful display in a 4-0 victory over visiting Camden Hills Thursday afternoon, after, of course, the Mustangs, as a team, gave an A cappella rendition of the national anthem.

Mount View, which set the tone for a strong season with a season-opening 1-0 overtime loss to defending state Class B champion Nokomis of Newport, dominated Camden Hills in all areas, as the Windjammers appeared tired while playing games on consecutive days against topnotch opponents (losing 5-2 to Nokomis the day before).

In the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (9-2-1, 69.2602 points) is fifth and Camden Hills (6-7, 30.1020 points) 10th. Nokomis (10-0-1, 95.5995 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

While Mount View has solidified a postseason spot, the Windjammers must win their final regular-season game against Oceanside (7-6, 34.1837 points), which currently holds the 10th and final playoff spot, on Saturday, Oct. 8 in a homecoming game in Rockport. Only that will give Camden Hills a chance to make the postseason.

In Thursday’s game, Mount View scored three first-half goals to take control. Andrea Smith scored the first two and was assisted on both by Mercedes Reynolds. Brittany Masessa scored the third goal, on an assist from Anna Piotti. In the second half, Delainey Kein scored an unassisted goal for the hosts.

The Mustangs held a 19-2 edge in shots. Camden Hills goalie Zia Sulick made 15 saves, many against a barrage of point-blank shots, and turned in a standout performance. Mount View goalie Abbie Charrier finished with two saves.

Mount View won the junior varsity game 1-0.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.