Through seven games, the Belfast field hockey team feels confident about where it stands among the elite high school squads in Class B North.

And, at the conclusion of its midseason showdown against Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield — the defending state Class B champions — the Lions got a bit of revenge on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against an opponent who sent them home in the regional semifinals 11 months ago.

The Lions got a pair of first-half goals from Lindsay Bruns and Kayci Faulkingham — and held off the surging Huskies in the second half from caging the game-tying score — to earn a hard-fought, 2-1 victory.

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The significance of the game, having lost to MCI in overtime last year in the regional semifinals, was not lost on veteran Lion coach Jan Holmes-Jackson or her players.

“We were out for a little payback,” she said. “It was awesome. They’re worth a lot of points and we know we’ve got to win the rest of these if we want to be in that top three [at the end of the season].”

“It definitely feels very good,” said Bruns, who gave the Lions an early 1-0 lead. “We knew coming into it it’s going to be exactly like it was in the playoffs last year. This was a really big game for us.”

The teams attempted 12 shots, while MCI held a 16-6 edge in penalty corners. The Lions held off a ferocious Huskies offense over the final 30 minutes, when the hosts were outcornered 10-2.

Brooke Richards made seven saves in the cage for Belfast and Ashley Souliere eight stops in goal for MCI.

Bruns scored after deflecting a shot in front of the cage by Faulkingham with 17:23 to go in the first half.

The Lions doubled their lead minutes later when Faulkingham scored, off an assist from Cassidy Clark, with 11:59 to go.

MCI got one back with 22:54 left in regulation after Madisyn Hartley benefited from a high deflection over Lion goalie Richards in a scrum in front of the cage.

But the Huskies got no closer.

Holmes-Jackson said her three backs, daughter Cassie Jackson, Maya Cunningham Amy Gaiero, “all had great games back there,” in addition to Hannah Banks, who was charged with defending Hartley throughout the game.

“They all had some defensive saves,” the coach said. “And they did well not letting them score corners and Hannah Banks had an awesome game at center-mid marking #5 and trying to contain her.”

Now at the midway point of the season, the veteran coach said the Lions are right where they want to be.

“We’re improving all the time,” she said. “We’re still working and fine-tuning things and people are stepping up, which I expect my seniors to do. And my juniors. We’re a veteran team.”

The Lions have outscored opponents 41-7 through seven games this season.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (6-1, 36.4286 points) is third, while Lawrence of Fairfield (6-1, 40.2041 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.