Lake Region weekly recaps

VOLLEYBALL

NYA 3, Lakers 1: “We ended up playing a pretty good match against North Yarmouth Academy, and although we didn’t walk away with a ‘W,’ our Laker ladies played hard and did take one game away from them in the match,” Coach Ryan Shible reported.

Game scores:

25 to 7, NYA

25 to 18, NYA

25 to 14, Lake Region

25 to 16, NYA

Setter and captain, Catherine Christiansen, scored four aces in the game. Lindsey Keenan, one of the Laker outside attackers, had three great digs, as well as some good hits or attacks at the net, Coach Shible said.  Melissa Bonenfant, a middle hitter, provided some great defense at the net, and ended up getting three kills against the Panthers.

“Unfortunately, our team struggled in the back row with a few hard servers from NYA, which resulted in a loss of momentum for us in the first game,” the coach said. “Although we did rally in the second and third games, we weren’t able to keep it going.”

Coach Shible said the Lakers will be working on “boosting our defensive readiness for our next match against Wells High School,” as well as having setters utilizing all attackers at the front of the net.

Lakers 3, Wells 0: “Our serving was right on with Catherine Christiansen serving six aces, and Lindsey Keenan serving four aces against Wells,” Coach Shible said. “Lindsey and Melissa Bonenfant provided some great offense at the net, with many great hits and strategically placed tips.  Our other setter, Amanda Botros, also had a great game setting, which enabled our offense and hitters to generate some great attacks at the net during our match. Amanda also did a great job hitting at the net last night, as well as serving, as she also picked up three aces during our match.”

Lastly, LR’s Libero and captain, Michaela Tripp, was a defensive powerhouse in the back row, as she made several key digs/passes to setters, which again, enabled the Lakers to make some key offensive plays against the Warriors.

Game scores:

25 to 20, Lake Region

25 to 23, Lake Region

25 to 19, Lake Region

Heal Watch: At 3-9, the Lakers currently hold the final Class B playoff spot.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Windham tonight, Oct. 8 for a 6:30 p.m. match and close out the regular season with a home match against Wells on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Cape Elizabeth 8, Lakers 0: “Intensity will get us only so far,” LR Coach Michael Chaine said after his Lakers were blanked by the Capers.

Though the Lakers gave it their all, ball skills ultimately determined the game. For the first 10 minutes, the Lakers surprised a confident Cape team, holding them scoreless and making several attacks offensively early on. Cape quickly reorganized and began an endless offensive attack with phenomenal outside shooting.

• The Lakers JV squad played strong as well, making a few mental mistakes which the Capers converted into goals for a 4-0 win.

Poland 5, Lakers 1: The Lakers dropped a disappointing game at Poland. LR senior Connor Andrews made a great diving header to put the Lakers up 1-0. But, the celebration was short-lived. The Lakers failed to lock it down and began to underestimate and underplay the Poland squad. Poland quickly responded tying the game 1-1 and then continued to make the Lakers pay for each and every mental or skill mistake in the back field scoring four straight goals to capture the win.

• The Laker JV squad finally broke the ice this year with its first win. Sophomores Cutter Meeker and Hunter Russo and freshman Peter Vigna all scored on fast breaks.  Final score Lakers 3, Poland 1.

Up next: The Lakers travel to North Yarmouth Academy today, Oct. 8 for a 3:30 p.m. game and host Greely on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Lakers close out the seaon with away games against Sacopee Valley, Oct. 15 and Wells on Oct. 20, both at 6 p.m.

LAUREN JAKOBS of Lake Region battles a Poland player for the ball at midfield Saturday. (Rivet Photo)

LAUREN JAKOBS of Lake Region battles a Poland player for the ball at midfield Saturday. (Rivet Photo)

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Lakers , Freeport: Kristen Huntress scored a pair of goals and Madison Simms collected one goal and one assist for the Lakers (3-4) as they downed the Falcons (1-6-1) at Naples.

Brooke Harriman and Lauren Jakobs added a goal apiece for the Lakers, who led 4-0 at halftime. Lake Region keepers Chandler True and Madison Rock combined to make four saves.

Lakers 4, Poland 0: Madi Simms scored unassisted with a little over five minutes remaining in the half and Kristen Huntress made it 2-0 on a goal mouth scramble two minutes later to stake the Lakers to a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Lauren Williams assisted on a goal by Neva Leavitt and Katie Throgmorton assisted on Simms’ second goal of the game.

Lake Region managed 25 shots and Chandler True made four saves for the shutout.

Heal Watch: With Tuesday’s loss to Fryeburg Academy, 1-0, the Lakers fell to 4-6 and are ranked #11 in Class B South. The Lakers hold a two-point tourney index lead over two other teams. The top 12 clubs make the playoffs.

Up next: The Lakers host North Yarmouth Academy tonight, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. LR closes out the regular season at Greely Tuesday at 6 p.m., home against Fryeburg on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., and at Old Orchard Beach on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

Paige Davis battling for the ball at Kennebunk. LR lost in OT, 1-0. "Two pretty even teams, this time we fell short," Coach Webb said.

PAIGE DAVIS  fights for the ball at Kennebunk. LR lost in OT, 1-0. "Two pretty even teams, this time we fell short," Coach Webb said.

FIELD HOCKEY

Lakers 1, Poland 0: At Poland, the game went back and forth pretty evenly the whole game with Poland having the penalty corner advantage (5-0) in the first half but couldn’t convert.

“Goalie Maddie Nelson made some huge saves, stopping several well-placed, hard and high balls,” Coach Pauline Webb said. Nelson finished with five saves.

Both teams had a goal recalled due to either dangerous hit or the ball was hit from outside the circle with no touches before going in the goal.

Paige Davis rebounded a ball off the pads of the Poland goalie in the second half to score the game winner.

LR had six penalty corners in the second half and had some great scoring opportunities, but couldn’t put another one in the goal.

“I was pleased with how the girls played with the change of formation due to one of the starters being out due to illness,” Coach Webb said. “Like I said in the LR preview earlier this year, our goal is to score one more goal than our opponent — we’ll take the win.”

Heal Watch: The Lakers (8-4) are currently ranked #4 in Class B South, coming off a 1-0 win Tuesday over Sacopee Valley.

Up next: The Lakers close out the regular season this Friday, Oct. 9 at Catherine McAuley against Waynflete at 4 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY

At Belfast, the Lakers faced fields of 823 boys and 624 girls at the statewide invitational.

“We had pretty good times and this meet will help us prepare for our big meets — Western Maine Conference championships and Regionals, States, I hope — in a couple of weeks,” Coach Dan Dors said.

The Laker girls posted a score, which topped 10 other schools in the 54-team meet. Times included:

Audrey Blais, 22:47

Addie Blais, 24:00

Kennedy Brake, 25:16

Olivia Toole, 25:48

Emily Colson, 27:21

Haewon Kim, 31:08

Leyla Seitova, 31:44

The Laker boys were without top runner Nick Scarlett, who was taking his SAT test, and #3 runner Tim Holbrook (illness).

Here are the boys’ times:

Devyn Hatch, 22:14

Cameron Meserve, 22:19

Andrew Gianattasio, 23:05

Alex Creaser, 29:34

Brandon Ross, 29:41

Up next: The Lakers travel to North Yarmouth Academy this Friday to take on the Panthers, Fryeburg Academy, Greely and Freeport.

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