The No. 3 Mount View field hockey team started and ended the first half of its Class C North quarterfinal playoff game with No. 6 Maranacook of Readfield on the offensive.

The rest of the time, it was the Mustangs' hard-nosed defense on display, as it has been for much of the second half of the regular season.

The ‘Stangs got a pair of goals from senior forward Devon Burgess, and the defense did the rest as the hosts galloped to a 2-0 victory over the Black Bears on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16.

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With the win, Mount View (10-5) advances to the semifinals, where it will travel to face No. 2 Dexter (11-4) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.

Maranacook saw its campaign end at 5-10, which included a 3-0 regular-season loss to the Mustangs.

The Mustangs beat the Tigers twice during the regular season, a 2-0 win on Sept. 8 in Dexter and a 3-0 victory on Oct. 3 in Thorndike.

In Tuesday's playoff encounter, Burgess got Mount View on the board a mere 3:06 into the contest when she received a pass from Maddy Knowlton and banged the back of the cage with 26:54 remaining in the first half, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

Then, with 4:46 to go in the half, Rachelle Ravin worked the ball inside the circle and after the ball bounded off the sticks of a few teammates in traffic, the ball settled on the stick of Burgess on the far side and she beat the Maranacook goalie to double the Mount View advantage.

Longtime Mount View coach Gloria Hewett said her team was “tenacious” and praised the work of several of players, including Macy Fowler and Ravin, along with Burgess, who sparked the offense in Tuesday’s win.

“She has learned so much,” said Hewett of Burgess. “She was a back when she started playing high school field hockey and we turned her into a forward. She’s amazing and she’s pretty patient.”

“In middle school I was a goalie,” Burgess said. “Freshman year I was a back, and I barely played at all. I was a terrible back. And then last year coach said, ‘Let’s try you as a forward’ and it fit me. I did really good there.”

The Mustangs, who held opponents scoreless over their final five regular-season games and outscored them 16-0, continued to clamp down on defense throughout the second half against the Black Bears, particularly on top scoring threats Abigail Jacques and Grace Bachelder.

Mount View held Maranacook without a shot, and led its opponents 8-0 in that category and 8-3 in penalty corners. Thurston Illingworth played in cage for the hosts and Alyssa Pratt made three saves in goal for the visitors.

Now, the Mustangs will prepare for their semifinal playoff battle, and could be in the unenviable position, should Dexter beat Stearns/Schenck, of trying to beat an opponent for the third time in a season.

“That’ll give them some energy [playing on their home field] that maybe they wouldn’t have if they had to play here I suppose,” said Hewett. “But we’re going to go in with the same amount of energy. We’re going to work hard to beat them.”