Field hockey: Skowhegan tops Messalonskee in battle of unbeatens

OAKLAND — It began as a stormy battle of the closing two unbeaten groups in Class A North when the Skowhegan box hockey workforce took on Messalonskee underneath overcast skies and tough rain.

Sixty mins later, the clouds parted, the solar got here out, and it used to be the River Hawks strolling off Veterans Field with a 6-0 win over the Eagles.

Skowhegan (9-0) put at the offensive drive early and incessantly on Messalonskee (6-1), scoring an 3 objectives in line with part. Five other avid gamers tallied objectives for the River Hawks, with junior Laney LeBlanc main the crowd with two rankings.

“We came into (the game) knowing that we had to work hard, go into it hard, have really good energy,” LeBlanc stated. “Our word for the year is ‘urgency’ and I think that’s really helped us. We worked as a team to get this win.”

The win used to be additionally the 8th shutout of the season for Skowhegan, which has allowed simply two objectives to this point.

“Messalonskee is always sound,” Skowhegan head trainer Paula Doughty stated. “Katie Brann is a super coach. I think we did what we needed to do to execute, to get the goals in today. But our goal is always a shutout, and I think our defense really stepped up today.”

Layla Conway put the River Hawks up lower than two mins into the sport, slipping a shot previous Messalonskee goalie Nealey Dillon for the 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Masyn Atwood poked a shot via in the center of a scrum for the 2-0 lead.

A difficult shot from sophomore Ellie Quinn in the second one duration lengthened the River Hawks’ result in 3-0, the place it remained coming into halftime.

LeBlanc scored each of her objectives in the 3rd duration.

Messalonskee goalie Nealey Dillon makes the preliminary save on a shot by means of Skowhegan’s Norie Tibbetts with a scoring rebound by means of teammate Masyn Atwood in a box hockey recreation Thursday in Oakland. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

“We work really hard in practice, practicing our corners, working ins and outs with each other,” LeBlanc stated. “That’s been good for us offensively, and just having fast speed up the sideline, balance with the (midfielders), I think that’s really helped us out.”

Senior Samantha Thebarge added a objective overdue in the fourth duration for the general 6-0 ranking.

Messalonskee fought right through, and regardless of the ranking, Dillon performed a robust recreation, turning away a number of scoring alternatives from the River Hawks.

“I’m really proud of how hard the girls fought, they played every last minute,” Brann stated. “We had lots of different combinations, different positions, and they adapted pretty well. I couldn’t be happier with the effort.”

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