High school field hockey

In tale of two halves, Belfast's season closes at sticks of No. 1 Winslow

Lions beat Black Raiders in regular-season finale, but fall short in regional championship clash
By Mark Haskell | Oct 31, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell From left, Belfast's Hannah Banks, Brooke Richards, Mallory Tibbetts and Kayci Faulkingham hold up the Class B North high school field hockey championship runner-up plaque on Oct. 30 in Hampden. The Lions lost to Winslow 5-2.

Hampden — In the second half of the Class B North field hockey championship game on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30, few would argue No. 2 Belfast looked the part of a better team against top-ranked Winslow.

However, Lion coach Jan Holmes-Jackson summed up her thoughts on her team’s play after the game, largely, in just eight words:

“I just wish we had played two halves.”

After not giving up more than three goals in a game all season — 14 regular-season and two playoff contests — Belfast conceded a whopping four first-half goals to the highly-touted Black Raiders.

The Lions made a go of it in the second half, but could not dig out of their sizable first-half hole as the Black Raiders slapped their way past the Lions 5-2 to clinch the high school regional championship on the turf field at Hampden Academy.

Watch video and see more photo below.

With the win, Winslow (15-2) advances to the state Class B championship, where it will face York (17-0), the top seed in the South, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Messalonskee High School of Oakland.

Belfast, which defeated No. 7 Nokomis of Newport 5-0 in the quarterfinals and defending state champion and No. 6 Gardiner 2-1 in the semifinal — in addition to besting Winslow 3-2 in the final game of the regular season — saw its campaign conclude at 13-4.

On Wednesday, Karlie Ramsell pumped in three goals to lead the Black Raiders, while Bodhi Littlefield (goal, assist), Sage Clukey (goal), Silver Clukey (2 assists) and Abigail Washburn (assist) also chipped in offensively for the top seed.

Kayci Faulkingham and Hannah Banks each had second-half scores for the Lions — which outshot the Black Raiders 16-7 in the game's final 30 minutes— while Mallory Tibbetts added one assist.

Brooke Richards made 13 saves in the cage for Belfast, while Leah Pelotte made 16 saves for Winslow.

Winslow went to work in the early stages of the game as the Black Raiders were quick to pounce on Richards’ initial saves as their first two goals came off rebounds.

The first, with 23:38 left in the first, was by Littlefield, while the second, which came with some controversy, was scored at 19:58 by Ramsdell.

The goal was scored off a rebound after Richards’ helmet was knocked off in a fray in front of the cage which, by rule, should have stopped the clock.

However, play resumed, and Ramsdell scored what was the first of her three goals on the afternoon.

“It should have not counted,” said Holmes-Jackson. “You stop play when the helmet comes off. Not happy about that call. And it gave them a lot of momentum.”

“I’ve been told be refs previously that if my helmet comes off, it’s a danger to me, so therefore the ball is dead,” Richards said. “You can’t play on because I’m put in more danger than anybody else because I’m being shot at with no helmet. So I’ve been taught to not play the ball, for teammates to look at the ref and say ‘helmet off,’ which they did. Winslow kept playing and the refs called it a goal.”

Belfast outshot Winslow 20-19, but the Black Raiders outshot the Lions 12-4 over the first 30 minutes and also got goals from Sage Clukey, off an assist from Silver Clukey, with 11:55 left and Ramsdell’s second off a penalty corner with 3:02 left to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

“We just didn’t start well,” said Holmes-Jackson. “We just had a bad first [half]. Second [half] I was very pleased. They came out and dominated and had plenty of opportunities to put it in.”

“First half we were kind of flat,” said Banks. “We just weren’t connecting really well. We were able to come out in the second half and play like we normally play. Connecting, moving it up the field and putting it in the cage. We had a few missed opportunities, but we were happy with how we played in the second half.”

Richards said, “We had a great talk at halftime and we came out and played Belfast field hockey,” as the Lions put the Black Raider defense on their heels, as it peppered Pelotte with shots.

Then, Faulkingham slapped a shot past Pelotte with 26:18 to go, while another score by Banks, who eluded three converging defenders to find the back of the cage with 17:44 left, suddenly put the Lions down 4-2.

However, Belfast could not complete the comeback as a goal by Ramsdell, off a penalty corner with 10:23 to go, took the wind from the Lions’ sails.

Belfast versus Winslow field hockey
Belfast and Winslow on Oct. 30 in high school field hockey in Hampden. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham, middle, and Winslow's Savannah Jole, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, front, and Mallory Tibbetts, back, as well as Winslow's Mariah Morrison, middle, and Bodhi Littlefield, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, front, and Mallory Tibbetts, left, as well as Winslow's Bodhi Littlefield. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Mallory Tibbetts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Mallory Tibbetts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Emily Woods. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kayci Faulingham, right, and Grace Hall, back, as well as Winslow's Mariah Morrison, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kara Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kara Richards, middle, and Winslow's Bodhi Littlefield. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Sadie Wheeler, left, Brooke Richards, middle, and Sarah Woods, right, as well as Winslow's Taylor Rodriguez, middle, and Karlie Ramsdell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Sadie Wheeler, left, Brooke Richards, middle, and Sarah Woods, right, as well as Winslow's Taylor Rodriguez. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Sadie Wheeler, left, Brooke Richards, middle, and Sarah Woods, right, as well as Winslow's Taylor Rodriguez. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Sadie Wheeler, left, Brooke Richards, middle, and Sarah Woods, right, as well as Winslow's Taylor Rodriguez. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Sadie Wheeler, Sarah Woods, Emily Woods, Halie Lindelof, Hannah Banks and Grace Hall, as well as Winslow's Abigail Wright, left, Taylor Rodriguez, back, and Karlie Ramsdell, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grace Hall, front, and Winslow's Karlie Ramsdell, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grace Hall, front, and Winslow's Savannah Joler, left, and Karlie Ramsdell, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grace Hall, front, and Winslow's Savannah Joler, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Mallory Tibbetts, left, Kayci Faulkingham, middle, and Chelsea Gaiero, right, as well as Winslow's Mariah Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast and Winslow on Oct. 30 in high school field hockey at Hampden Academy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham, right, and Winslow's Mariah Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Hannah Banks, front, and Chelsea Gaiero, right, as well as Winslow's Mariah Morrison, middle, and Savannah Joler, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Hannah Banks, front, and Chelsea Gaiero, right, as well as Winslow's Mariah Morrison, middle, and Savannah Joler, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, right, and Winslow's Mariah Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, right, and Winslow's Mariah Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, right, and Winslow's Mariah Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Hannah Banks, front, and Mallory Tibbetts, back, as well as a Winslow player. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chelsea Gaiero, left, and Kiara Doolan, back, as well as Winslow's Leah Pelotte, middle, Bodhi Littlefield, right, Alaina Lambert, left, and Willa Dolley, back right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Brooke Richards, middle, and Mallory Tibbetts, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Brooke Richards, left, Mallory Tibbetts, middle, and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Hannah Banks, Brooke Richards, Mallory Tibbetts and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Hannah Banks, Brooke Richards, Mallory Tibbetts and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Hannah Banks, Brooke Richards, Mallory Tibbetts and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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