Leavitt squeaks past Maranacook to end regular season

Oct. 20—TURNER — The Leavitt box hockey workforce is aware of it’s going to want to strengthen its play within the playoffs.

The Hornets survived the ultimate check of the regular season Wednesday, defeating Maranacook 3-0 on senior day.

“It’s an emotional day for the seniors,” Leavitt trainer Wanda Ward-McLean mentioned. “Between the parents, grandparents, whoever else is here for them, it’s an emotional time for them. It’s not like football, where you can go out and just smack someone.”

While Leavitt (11-3) celebrated its 10 seniors prior to the sport, it took them some time to get into the sport and end offensive possibilities.

“That’s one thing we need to work on for the playoffs, is finishing things in the circle,” Ward-McLean mentioned. “Today, we did a lot of standing and watching. We can’t let that happen in the playoffs.”

Jazzlynn Clark, one of the crucial 10 seniors, mentioned she is aware of the workforce can play higher.

“I really don’t know what’s going on with us right now,” Clark mentioned. “We definitely can play better and have played better. There are a few things I think we have to work better, just as a team, and we should be (all) set.”

The Black Bears (2-10-2) managed the play for the primary 8 mins of the primary quarter however could not get a shot past Hornets goalie Lilly Chabot (two saves).

Maranacook has struggled offensively q4.

“Scoring is something we have been working on,” Maranacook junior varsity trainer Kianna Pushard mentioned.

Pushard was once the performing varsity trainer Wednesday as varsity head trainer Ashley Work could not make the sport due to a piece legal responsibility.

After Maranacook’s first penalty nook, Leavitt flipped the sector and Cierra Barker discovered Clark on the some distance publish. Clark then tapped the ball in with about 5 mins ultimate within the first quarter.

“It felt really good, and I feel as a team, when we get one goal, it gives us the motivation to keep working for it and not giving up,” Clark mentioned. “With the support the team provides, it just feels even better (to score).”

The Hornets persisted to put photographs on Black Bears goalie Esme Jamison (9 saves), however she stopped all of the possibilities.

“She’s pretty awesome, that’s for sure,” Pushard mentioned of Jamison. “She has done really well throughout the season and really has saved us on a lot of occasions.”

Leavitt, which held that 1-0 lead at halftime, ruled ownership within the 3rd quarter and labored the ball into the circle. The Hornets had 4 corners within the quarter, however Maranacook clamped down defensively and cleared the ball out of risk.

“We work a lot on just possessing the ball and making sure we are carrying it out of the circle, instead of hitting and hoping,” Pushard mentioned. “I think our defense does a good job executing that throughout the entire season.”

Maddie Morin prolonged the Hornets’ lead to 2-0 within the fourth quarter when Ally Langlois despatched the ball into the circle and Morin battled thru Black Bears defenders to get a shot off.

Clark jammed house her 2nd function with about 3 mins ultimate within the sport after Jamison stopped the former two photographs.

“For me, I think about the team and how bad the team wants it, which makes me want it more,” Clark mentioned. “I feel like if I give up — not necessarily (my teammates) are going to — but maybe if I give up, they are going to give. I try to stick with it.”

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