Lake Region weekly recaps

DESTINEE DURANT of Lake Region pushes the ball into the Cape Elizabeth zone. The Lakers lost 2-1 in OT. (Rivet Photos)

DESTINEE DURANT of Lake Region pushes the ball into the Cape Elizabeth zone. The Lakers lost 2-1 in OT. (Rivet Photos)

FIELD HOCKEY

Lakers 2, Freeport 1. Lucy Fowler scored both goals, unassisted, in the first half, the first at 23:23 and the second at 21:58 to lead the Lakers past the Falcons last Wednesday.

Lee Brown scored at 3:18 in the second half with a hard drive in the circle.

Meghan VanLoan had four saves for the Lakers, while the Freeport netminder recorded six saves.

• In junior varsity 7-on-7 play, Bridgette Letarte scored, unassisted for LR for the game’s lone tally.

Cape Elizabeth 2, Lakers 1 (2OT). Taylor Herrera scored, assisted by Samantha Altznauer, in the second sudden death overtime to give Cape Elizabeth the win over the Lakers last Friday in Naples.

Hailey Petsinger scored, unassisted, for Cape at 10:09 in the first half. Lucy Fowler tied it up for the Lakers with 45 seconds left in regulation, as she and her teammates battled in front of the goalie determined to push across the equalizer.

“It was a hard-fought battle between the two teams. The first ‘Keys to Win’ I shared with my team before the game was ‘Desire.’ I told them whoever wanted this game the most was going to win it. Cape came out strong, aggressive and physical.  We have been working on that ‘mental toughness’ piece and I feel we walked off that field with a loss, but with a lot more ‘toughness,’ mentally, physically and emotionally,” Laker Coach Pauline Webb said. “That’s what we are going to need to win in the playoffs. It’s a tough loss to swallow, but if we can use it as a stepping stone to finish the season and enter playoffs, we’ll be competitive in playoffs.”

Another important piece Coach Webb hopes her players took from the game was “you play until the last whistle.”

“I was extremely proud of their persistence and ‘never give up’ attitude. That attitude took us into overtime,” Coach Webb said.

MEGHAN SKARBINSKI looks for an open teammate against Cape Elizabeth.

MEGHAN SKARBINSKI looks for an open teammate against Cape Elizabeth.

• In junior varsity play, the Lakers prevailed 3-1. Nicole Marucci scored, unassisted, to give LR a 1-0 lead at the half. Molly Christensen scored, assisted by Bridgette Letarte in the second half.

Cape scored to bring the game within one, but Marucci scored her second goal off a nice pass from Christensen.

“It was one of the most beautiful and powerful goals I’ve seen from Nicole this year,” Coach Webb said. “She was on the run when she received it from Molly; Nicole set herself up with one touch and drove it on the run, the goalie had no time to react.”

Next: The Lakers host Fryeburg Academy today, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. Monday, the Lakers travel to Gray for a 3:30 p.m. game, and then move on to top-ranked York on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

The Lakers dropped two games last week, losing twice at home, first to Cape Elizabeth 4-0 and then to Freeport 2-0.

“We’re feeling the effects of injuries to many players and have had trouble finding our scoring touch,” Laker Coach Harvey Toews said.

Junior goalie Isabel Scribner played well facing a strong Cape squad, stopping 23 shots, a number of them “quite spectacular,” Coach Toews said.

The game against Freeport was well-contested with the Lady Lakers coming out strong to start the game, but unable to find the net.  Freeport was led by a pair of goals from Alyssa Richardson.

Next: The Lakers host Poland on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and then travel to Wells on Tuesday, Oct. 8 for a 6 p.m. game.

GOLF

Top players Ben Chaine and Tyler Walker each scored impressive wins to lead the Lakers to a 4-3 win at Sacopee Valley. Both Chaine and Walker each fired 42s on the par 36 course, Chaine winning by eight strokes and Walker by six strokes.

Nick Scarlett recorded a 56, falling by two strokes. Number 4 Evan Kellough shot a 61, which was seve- strokes back. Number 5 Sully Tidd posted a 64, which was 13 strokes back. With the match tied 3-3, Number 6 man Jordan Williams helped pull out the LR (4-6) win with a round of 58, three shots better than his opponent. The Hawks fell to 2-7.

CROSS COUNTRY

Freshman Addie Blais turned in her best run of the season at Fort Foster in Kittery last Friday, placing seventh out of a field of 64 in 21:37 (winning time was 19:58).

“She was right there with the Falmouth and York girls,” Laker Coach Dan Dors said. “Big improvement. If she stays healthy, Addie will surprise at the Western Maine Conference championships and Regionals.”

Sister Audrey Blais was still out due to injury, but hopes to return this Friday at Poland. The Lakers were unable to figure in the team standings, lacking the necessary five finishers.

Jen Springer placed 62nd at 32:56 and Isabel Brake 63rd at 33:44.

On the boys’ side, the Lakers were fourth in the five-school meet (Falmouth and York went 1-2 in both boys’ and girls’ meets).

“Falmouth and York boys each had 35 to 40 runners — there were 96 in the meet,” Coach Dors said. “Justin Black is getting stronger and each week is getting better.”

Black was 45th in 20:38 (winning time was 17:27), while Ben Roy was 67th in 21:52.

Tucker Irish was LR’s most improved runner, moving up from the sixth spot on the Laker depth chart to Number 3 — placing 72nd at 23:02. He was followed by Nick Aceto (75th at 23:16) and Kyle DeSouza (77th at 23:24).

“For such a small team (number wise), we are holding our own,” Coach Dors added. “Excellent group to work with.”

Next: The Lakers head to Poland on Friday to run against the Knights, York, Waynflete, Sacopee Valley and Kennebunk. Girls at 4:30 and boys at 5 p.m.

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