Lake Region weekly recaps

Olivia Deschenes

Olivia Deschenes

FIELD HOCKEY: In the Laker’s 2-1 loss to Fryeburg Academy on Sept. 12, Olivia Deschenes scored the game’s first goal at 18:05 unassisted.

LR goalie Katherine Springer started the game and had eight saves, and Maddie Nelson entered the game with 11:38 left in the first half and shut out FA for the rest of the game with 15 saves.

York 3, Lakers 1: Last Tuesday, LR scored first with just 45 seconds into the game with a strong carry down the right wing by Liz Cole, all the way into the circle and a shot on goal to put the Lakers up 1-0 against the number 1 seed Wildcats.

Devan Datsis tied it up at 23:36. An unfortunate blooper shot by Allie Jones went in for York at 9:31 to give the Cats a 2-1 lead.

Liz Cole

Liz Cole

Olivia Deschenes was hit in the throat with a stick with about 4 minutes left in the first half, and had to be pulled out for a few minutes.

“Olivia and Spencer True were doing a great job pressuring York’s key playmaker, Lily Pasternak, who ended up connecting a pass to teammate Allie Jones, while Olivia was out, to give York a 3-1 lead with 1:43 left in the first half,” Laker Coach Pauline Webb said.

The Lakers had a few opportunities in the second half to score, but couldn’t quite finish it.

Another well played game but ending in a loss for the Lakers.

Goalie Maddie Nelson defended the goal and had 18 saves while York keeper Julia Carr had 3.

Lakers 3, Cape Elizabeth 0: Not an easy win last Wednesday after playing a close game with York the day before, but the Lakers played well and came away with a victory.

Paige Davis scored the first and only goal in the first half, assisted by Olivia Deschenes. In the second half, Deschenes put one in, unassisted, and the assisted on the third goal scored by Liz Cole.

“The girls displayed some great stick skills; it was fun to watch!” Coach Webb said

Goalie Maddie Nelson had 7 saves.

Lakers 1, Falmouth 0: At home on Saturday, ball possession was pretty equal between both teams. Falmouth scored a goal first, but it was recalled due to a dangerous high ball going into the circle.

The Lakers took advantage of a penalty corner and Olivia Deschenes redirected a drive from Molly Christensen to score the only goal of the game.

Goalie Maddie Nelson had 6 saves.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Fryeburg on Friday for a rematch with the Raiders at 3:30 p.m. LR then travels to Kennebunk on Monday and hosts Gray-NG Wednesday at 4 p.m.


Mountain Valley 28, Lakers 15: What if? That is something the Lakers had to wonder if a catch following a Falcon turnover might have given the momentum LR needed to knock off Mountain Valley Friday night in Rumford. Instead, a holding penalty on the backside front erased a 30-yard run and catch from quarterback Doug Banks Jr. to receiver Dakota Stover, and the Falcons notched their first win of the season.

MV got off to a quick start, taking the game’s first handoff and breaking loose for a 70-yard TD run.

“We regrouped very well and had a nice touchdown drive on our first offensive series,” Laker Coach Brian Jahna said of Rodriguez’s TD. “We ended the game with five turnovers. We played strong in the second half, again not allowing MV to score any offensive points (we gave up a safety on the final drive). We will have to fix our problem with turnovers if we expect to start experiencing the success that this team is capable of having.  I believe this group will stick together and we will continue to improve.”

LR also scored on a Gunnar Harriman run.

Up next: The Lakers (0-3) host Poland (1-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. at Art Kilborn Athletic Complex. The Knights fell to Yarmouth 49-0 last week. Poland beat Freeport 49-12 in Week 1 and lost to Cape Elizabeth 47-6.

VOLLEYBALL: Down the first games to North Yarmouth Academy, the Laker girls won their first match with a thrilling rally.

“It was great to see!” Coach Ryan Shible said.

NYA took the first set 25-9.

Game 2 saw the Panthers win 25-12.

The, some Laker magic. LR won Game 3 25-17 and Game 4 27-25. LR captured its first varsity victory with a 16-14 win in Game 5.

Melissa Bonenfant had 4 kills, and one was from the back row! Catherine Christiansen served 7 aces, and Autumn Tremblay served 6 aces.

Michaela Tripp, the Lakers’ Libero, did a great job on defense, as she was able to make many successful digs, which contributed greatly to the win.

“I would say the team did a fantastic job responding to the ball, as well as with communication during the last three games, and this was certainly as important if not more than all the digs, serves, and kills we made,” Coach Shible said.


Hunter Russo

Hunter Russo


Kennebunk 11, Lakers 1: Unlike some games this season, the Lakers jumped out to a good start, communicating well and moving the ball.

But, it proved shortlived. Kennebunk converted on several mental mistakes as well as a few missed balls in the goal that should have been stopped.

“Overall, this was the best first half of soccer we have played and it showed our guys that they can compete if they limit their own mistakes,” said Coach Michael Chaine, whose club trailed Kennebunk 4-0 at halftime.

The second half of the game was quite the opposite. As in the years past, the Lakers played well in parts or even halves of games and then lost their focus.  This game was no exception. While Kennebunk stepped up their efforts in the second half, the Lakers ball control and communication fell apart.

“Kennebunk was easily able to pick the defense apart as we did not communicate open men and they began to score unchallenged, scoring seven more times,” Coach Chaine said.

Senior Alex Langadas was able to take advantage of a fast break scoring the only goal for the Lakers.

  • The Lakers JV squad had problems of its own goal, giving up three goals early on in the first half before the Lakers got some life.  The Lakers then played strong until the end of the first half, possessing the ball on the Kennebunk side of the field for the majority of the time.  Sophomore Hunter Russo got the Lakers on the scoreboard after LR was awarded a penalty kick.

But the second half mirrored the varsity games as the Lakers’ intensity dropped and Kennebunk was able to secure a win, 7-1.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Freeport on Tuesday for a 3:30 game, and go to Cape Elizabeth next Thursday, Oct. 1 for a 6 p.m. contest.

CROSS COUNTRY: At Twin Brooks in Cumberland, the Lakers faced a major test running against two of the top boys’ and girls’ teams in the conference, while also trading strides with Waynflete, which is second ranked in Class C.

On the girls’ side, Audrey Blais ran a gutsy race, battling an injury, to place 15th overall in 23:48 in the 3.1 miler (winning time was 20:41). Other LR finishers were:

  1. Addie Blais, 24:42
  2. Olivia Toole, 26:30
  3. Kennedy Brake, 26:52
  4. Leyla Seitova, 33:09
  5. Emily Colson, 35:33

On the boys’ side, Nick Scarlett was the leading Laker with a time of 21:34, good for 35th place (winning time was 17:18). Other LR finishers were:

  1. Cameron Meserve, 22:35
  2. Tim Holbrook, 23:15
  3. Devyn Hatch, 23:41
  4. Andrew Gianattasio, 24:07
  5. Alex Creaser, 30:18
  6. Brandon Ross, 32:43

Up next: As part of the school’s Homecoming, the Lakers will host Kennebunk, Gray-NG and Merriconeag this Friday, girls at 4 p.m. and boys at 4:30 p.m.


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