Fryeburg Academy weekly recaps

FIELD HOCKEY

The Raiders will be in the playoffs after next week, but the question will be whether they can climb high enough in the Class B West Heals to host a game or whether they will be road warriors.

The FA girls battled Falmouth under the lights last Monday to a 3-2 loss in overtime. Nicki Thurston scored both goals for the Raiders. Her second goal to pull ahead in the second half was assisted by Joelle Buzzell.

“This was a phenomenal game for both teams and a fantastic game for Nicole Thurston and Sydney Andreoli,” Coach Dede Frost said.

Last Wednesday, the Raiders blanked Lake Region with a 4-0 victory. Goals were scored by: Sydney Andreoli, assist to Janelle Wiesemann, and Nicki Thurston in the first half; second half goals were scored by Nicki Thurston, assisted by Mackenzie Hill, and Mackenzie Hill scored when her shot bounced off the goalie’s pads.

“Mackenzie and Bridget Tweedie were outstanding,” Coach Frost said.

Friday night, the Raiders played their second game on turf, under the lights at Cape Elizabeth. The regulation game ended with a 1-1 tie — the FA goal scored in the second half by Mackenzie Hill. Three minutes into the overtime, Bridget Tweedie had a breakaway resulting in a penalty corner chance. Nicki Thurston scored on a pass from Mariah Davis to end the game. Players turning in “exceptional” efforts were forward Lexi Charles and goalie Jasmine Ramsay.

Next: The last home regular season game is today, Thursday, Oct. 9 against Kennebunk (7-5) at 4 p.m. Fryeburg closes out the season on the road against Greely (3-7) next Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL

The Raiders proved to be good guests on Homecoming Friday night as Oceanside notched their first win of the season, 22-12.

The Mariners showcased a good mix of pass and run. Ryan Allender hit Elvis Bowen on a 38-yard score on fourth down just with two minutes left in the first half to give Oceanside a 6-0 lead.

After neither team could find the end zone in the third quarter, Preston Spear scored on a 36-yard scamper and the Mariners added the conversion for a 14-0 lead.

Raider quarterback Ryan Gullikson hooked up with Brandon Ludwig for a 62-yard TD strike to trim the deficit to 14-6.

Oceanside, however, answered as Spear scored from 22 yards out and Allender (who threw for 124 yards on 4-for-11) added the two-point PAT run to make it 22-6.

Fryeburg moved a little closer when Gullikson again connected with Ludwig for a 22-yard TD pass, but the PAT failed.

Gullikson was 7-for-17 for 184 yards and two TDs while rushing for 37 yards on nine carries. Ludwig had four catches for 109 yards and two TDs for the Raiders (2-3).

Next: The Raiders host Falmouth Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Yachtsmen visit Fryeburg with a 4-1 record, coming off a 27-8 victory over Westbrook last week. Falmouth owns wins over Oceanside (42-12), Morse (55-14) and Gorham (49-0). The lone loss was 37-14 to York (5-0) — Fryeburg’s opponent next week.

CROSS-COUNTRY

The Raiders had a good meet last week at Minot Community Park as the FA girls won their third meet of the season against a very good Freeport team (25-42). Poland was third with 59 points, while Lake Region failed to score.

Anna Lastra set the time to beat at 21:28 while freshman Emily Carty finished second in 22:21. Ariel Fogden turned in her best race of the season with a time of 23:22 to capture seventh place.

Other FA finishers were: 8. Irina Norkin 23:24; 10. Costanza Santarelli 24:44; 14. Emily Gryzb 25:30; 15. Emily McDermith 25:35; 19. Erin Friberg 27:02; 23. Molly Eklund 28:21; 30. Anna Hodgman-Burns 33:07.

On the boys’ side, the Raiders settled for second with 32 points, while Freeport won the meet with 23 and host Poland was third with 74 points. Lake Region did not score.

Patrick Carty earned second place with a time of 17:30 (winning time was 17:21). TJ Rose is returning to top form, according to Coach Bill Reilly, placing sixth in 18:32.

Other FA finishers were: 7. Jonathan Burk 18:44; 8. Liuke Yang 19:08; 9. Ryan Hewess 19:18; 21. Connor Moody 21:18; 36. Reed Wales 23:12; 44. Jun Ting Liu 30:55.

“The boys are packing it better and better. Very close to a top-ranked Freeport team,” Coach Reilly said.

This week, the Raiders will run Hurricane Mountain to the top. Coach Reilly said. Last week, everyone on the boys’ and girls’ teams ran a 40-lap, 10-miler on the FA track for “mental toughness,” the coach said.

Next: The Raiders head to Freeport Friday to take on the Falcons along with Greely and North Yarmouth Academy — boys at 4 p.m. and girls at 4:30 p.m.

VARSITY GOLF

The Raiders concluded their regular season last week by going 2 and 1, suffering their first team loss to Lake Region on the final match at Bridgton Highlands 4 1/2 to 2 1/2.

“We didn't play too well. We were without Tyler Worcester our #2 man, but that didn’t slow down Lake Region on their home course,” FA Coach Chris Dutton said. “They played well or better than we did that day — plain and simple. We ended the year 10 and 1.”

The team finished as the Western Maine Conference Runner-up as we got second to the Western Champion Cape Elizabeth. More good news was Jordan Lowe with a 78 and Tyler Worcester 87 also qualified for the individual states as well. We got good play from the whole team with Van Nguyen 90 and Addison Schwartz and Keegan Jones 98 a piece and Mike Davis 99 to round out the team. The team will head to Natanis Golf Course outside Augusta this weekend to play in the State championships.

“Cape will be the favorite, but I don’t know much about the East. I hope to get the team to place in the top four and maybe sneak up to the top two,” Raider Coach Chris Dutton said. “I was glad and happy to see our fellow rival, Lake Region, qualify for states as a team.”

Coach Dutton added, “It’s been a great season to date as the team really came together and played great as one as indicated by the 10-1 record. But to qualify as a team to the States and then have four separate individuals qualify as well has been icing on the cake. My hats are off to the hardworking individuals on the team that made this season great and what it is.”

The following weekend we will be busy as well at the individual states where Fryeburg will have 2 boys - Jordan Lowe and Tyler Worcester compete, and on the girls’ side — Van Nguyen and Kaylin Delaney will compete.

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