It was no surprise after Belfast and Nokomis of Newport battled to a 1-1 tie in the first game of the high school field hockey season way back on Sept. 1 that both squads would finish among the top in their league and region.

Fast forward 41 days and the Lions and Warriors were at it again, this time with the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title up for grabs Wednesday at Colby College in Waterville.

After having gone the entire season without a loss before falling in their regular-season finale Oct. 11 against rival Mount View of Thorndike, the Lions were dealt another loss, the next day, at the hands of the defending state Class B champion Warriors — this time 3-0.

Nokomis improved to 14-0-1 overall, while Belfast is 10-2-3 overall.

Warrior Leah Edmundson scored all three goals for the Warriors, who will march into the Eastern Class B playoffs next week as the No. 1 team and host the winner of No. 8 Oceanside and No. 9 Waterville Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the quarterfinals.

Belfast has secured the No. 3 seed in the region and will host No. 6 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.

Veteran Lion coach Allen Holmes was unfazed by the team’s second loss in two games and, while hoping to be competitive in the league title game, instead opted to focus more on getting his entire team playing time on the fast artificial surface, which is something the team could see in the upcoming postseason.

“We had some nice things happen, we just didn’t get many chances,” he said. “And they did. But I was happy with the way we played.”

The regional finals are typically played on artificial surfaces, and John Bapst of Bangor, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and likely opponent for the Lions should Belfast defeat the Ponies and the Crusaders handle No. 7 Gardiner in the quarterfinals, also play on an artificial surface.

Holmes said both Julia Ward and Sierra Wood played well in goal for the Lions Wednesday against Nokomis and are healthy going into the tournament, which is all the 39-year coach can ask for.

“We’re healthy, our attitudes are good and our spirits will be ready to go,” he said.

The Lions finished with four shots on goal and attempted four penalty corners in the KVAC championship game.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.