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THMS nabs 50th straight win, faces Oceanside for field hockey crown

Lion win streak includes six straight Busline League championships
By Staff | Oct 19, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. Lion Chelsea Gaiero.

Troy Howard Middle School has won 50 straight games and six straight Busline League championships and on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, the young Lions will battle Oceanside of Thomaston for this year's title.

The regular season wrapped for the league's five stick squads, as the postseason swung in on Monday, Oct. 15.

And those five starting teams vying for the coveted league title are down to the final two.

In the championships game, slated for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. on the artificial surface at Point Lookout, No. 1 Troy Howard (10-0) will face No. 2 Oceanside (7-3). It is a rematch of last year's finalists.

The final regular-season standings were: Troy Howard of Belfast 9-0, Oceanside 6-3, Boothbay Region 5-4, Nobleboro 3-6 and Camden-Rockport 0-9.

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The postseason began with a pair of thrillers on Tuesday, Oct. 16 as No. 5 Camden-Rockport swung to a 2-1, triple-overtime victory over No. 4 Nobleboro and No. 2 Oceanside earned a 1-0, double-overtime win over No. 3 Boothbay.

Oceanside's win earned a berth in Saturday's championship game.

Then, in a Thursday, Oct. 18 semifinal, No. 1 Troy Howard forged a 6-0 win over No. 5 Camden-Rockport to advance to the title game.

Additionally, that victory for the Lions over the Schooners marked their 50th straight win dating back to 2014.

Troy Howard has won the previous six league championships.

“The girls played really well,” said Troy Howard coach Sara Bryant of her squad's effort against CRMS. “After the game, the THMS girls congratulated their goalie and I got a huge group hug from the high school girls. It was a great feeling. It is also a great group of girls.”

The win streak began when this year’s Belfast Area High School senior class of field hockey players were in eighth grade.

“They lost the first game versus Boothbay that season and then won the rest,” said Bryant of her 2014 crop. “The girls were really excited to be part of the win. And of course they are excited to be playing Saturday for the championship.”

McIntire said the 50th-victory game was “a whirlwind of emotions,” particularly now that her journey from former player to coach has come full circle as her daughter, a sixth-grader, is on the Troy Howard team.

In addition, that group of girls that began the win streak in 2014 — which recently saw their high school careers draw to a close as seniors a day prior in a 1-0 Class B North quarterfinal loss to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield — came to watch and support the players, along with varsity coach Jan Holmes-Jackson and other coaches in the program.

“All the dedication of all of the coaches have made this a successful program,” said Bryant. “We have great community support. We also have great parents and fans. It’s just a really good feeling.”

The following is a recap of reported playoff results:

No. 1 Troy Howard 6, No. 6 Camden-Rockport 0

At Point Lookout Oct. 18, the Lions roared past the Schooners and into the league championship game.

Audra Faulkingham, Kara Richards, Ava Markham, Breana Shorey and Chelsea Gaiero each scored goals in the win for Troy Howard.

No. 5 Camden-Rockport 2, No. 4 Nobleboro 1 (3 OTs)

At Nobleboro Oct. 16, the Schooners emerged victorious with a thrilling playoff win over the Lions.

Alexys Wilmont and Molly Shook each caged goals in the win for the Schooners.

No. 2 Oceanside 1, No. 3 Boothbay 0 (2 OT)

At Rockland Oct. 16, the Mariners shot their way into the Busline League final with an overtime victory over the Wildcats. The two teams were scoreless at halftime and through the end of regulation.

Collette Black scored the game-winner with 5:22 remaining in the second overtime.

"Both teams truly played a great game and there was some really good field hockey played," said Oceanside coach Allison Ward. "Our defense played a great game defending corners and Hannah Grindle had a great game in goal. Our midfield did well backing up our offense while still promoting offensive movement."

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard field hockey
Troy Howard hosts Camden-Rockport on Oct. 18 in Busline League middle school field hockey in Northport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Troy Howard in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 18 in Northport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden-Rockport at Oceanside in Busline League middle school field hockey on Oct. 3 in Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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