High school field hockey

Eagles double up Lions in extra league game

Belfast hangs tough with strong Class A opponent, prepares for Class B playoffs
By Staff | Oct 14, 2016

Waterville — The Belfast field hockey team squared off against Messalonskee of Oakland in one of two Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference extra high school games on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Thomas College.

The game gave the Lions an opportunity to play against one of the state’s top Class A programs.

The Lions gave up a pair of early goals to the Eagles and ultimately dropped a 4-2 decision in the exhibition contest.

KVAC title games, in Class A and B, often are for championship trophies, but the games have changed for field hockey in recent years.

For that sport, there are two postseason games which pit the league's top Class A and B teams against one another, as well as the conference’s two second-ranked squads.

The second game of the day, which was to pit Mount Blue of Farmington (Class A) and Gardiner (Class B), was rained out 10 minutes into the contest as the Cougars held a 1-0 lead.

In the game between the Lions and Eagles, Maya Cunningham and Kylie Nelson scored goals, off assists from Cassie Jackson and Lindsay Bruns.

Autumn Littlefield scored two goals for Messalonskee and Caitlin Smith one. Messalonskee held a 2-0 edge at halftime. The name of the fourth goal score for the Eagles was unavailable.

Messalonskee held a 27-17 edge in shots and 13-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Morgan Fernald and Brooke Richards combined to make 14 saves in the cage for the Lions, while Hannah Pinney made seven saves in goal for the Eagles.

Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson said, while pleased her squad got the opportunity to play in a game against a quality opponent on an artificial turf field, her team work to do to get where it ultimately wants to be by season’s end.

The veteran coach said Thursday's rain did not start until about 12 minutes to go in the Lion-Eagle contest.

Belfast is ranked third in Class B North and will host No. 6 Nokomis of Newport in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.

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

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