Lake Region weekly sports recaps

TIPPED AWAY — Lake Region senior captain Michael Rust tips away a shot in the second half of last Friday's Homecoming game against Cape Elizabeth. The Capers scored five times in the first half en route to a 6-0 win. (Rivet Photo)

TIPPED AWAY — Lake Region senior captain Michael Rust tips away a shot in the second half of last Friday's Homecoming game against Cape Elizabeth. The Capers scored five times in the first half en route to a 6-0 win. (Rivet Photo)

BOYS SOCCER

The Laker varsity boys lost another heartbreaking game last week (Sept. 23) at Kittery against Traip Academy. After two well-played games against Kennebunk and Waynflete, Coach Mike Chaine thought the boys’ positive momentum would hold strong and the Lakers would get into the win column. Both the Lakers and Traip were looking for their first wins of the season, and the Lakers underestimated their foe.

“We came out playing sloppy right from the beginning, making error after error in passing, trapping, staying in position and marking men,” Coach Chaine said.

The Lakers did manage to get on the scoreboard first with Junior captain Alex Langadas headed a crossed ball from senior captain Nick Ball into the back of the Traip net.

“Even after the goal, as a coach, I could see the boys were not playing up to their level of play,” Chaine said.

Traip took full advantage, tied the score and then took the lead 2-1 into halftime. The Lakers never regained wind in their sails after that. Traip put the final nail in the coffin with a second half goal, en route to a 3-1 victory.

The Laker JV squad played second and came out with more intensity. Due to darkness, the game time was reduced to a 20-minute first half and a 10-minute second half not allowing either team to really get into a rhythm.

The Lakers were again first on the scoreboard as freshman Theo Snow turned a fast break into a goal, locating a nice shot to the far corner, putting the Lakers up 1-0. Traip refused to back away and just before halftime were able to tie the game, 1-1. The second half was well fought by both squads and resulted in a 1-1 tie.

The Lakers played their Homecoming game against Cape Elizabeth on Friday, Sept. 26 expecting strong competition, which is what they got. The Lakers (0-7) found themselves on their heels the entire game. Senior captain goalie Michael Rust continued his exceptional play, but an early mental error put Cape on the board only a few minutes into the game.

“We battled with internal bickering and lack of focus, which up to this point in the season, have not been an issues,” Coach Chaine said.

The Capers netted five goals in the first half, but found themselves in a tougher battle in the second half as the Lakers surrendered a late goal in the 6-0 loss.

The Laker JVs did not fare well either losing 3-0 with player numbers and stamina still playing major factors.

Next: The Lakers host Poland on Saturday at 10 a.m. then travel to Fryeburg Academy on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. contest. LR hosts North Yarmouth Academy next Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.

GOLF

Fryeburg 5, Lakers 2: Tyler Walker was one shot over par (36) to edge Fryeburg’s Jordan Lowe by two shots at Lake Kezar Country Club in Lovell. Evan Kellough added another LR point with a round of 52 to beat FA’s Damian Eldridge by five shots.

Fryeburg’s Mike Davis downed LR’s Ryan Hodgdon 45-52; Van Nguyen of FA topped LR’s Evan Sanborn 43-53; Keegan Jones of FA defeated Nick Scarlett 45-49; and FA’s Trevor Henschel edged Sully Tidd 55-58.

Team score: FA (8-0) 171, LR (5-3) 189.

Lakers 5, Yarmouth 2: Logging wins for the Lakers at Bridgton Highlands were Tyler Walker (45, up 9), Ryan Hodgdon (50, up 5), Evan Sanborn (51, up 1) and Sully Tidd (57, up 3).

Evan Kellough fired a 46, and lost by three strokes, while Nick Scarlett recorded a 54 and fell by one stroke.

Team score: LR (6-3) 192, YAR 202.

FIELD HOCKEY

Poland dominated play Monday and rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Lakers.

“We struggled to get some offense going and Poland was too fast for our defense,” Laker Coach Pauline Webb said.

The Knights enjoyed a 2-0 lead at halftime, and added a third goal at 21:15 in the second half.

The Lakers broke up the shutout bid off a penalty corner as Molly Christensen and Abby Scott-Mitchell each delivered passes to set up Olivia Deschenes, who connected to give LR their lone goal.

“We had some nice breakaways with Abby on the wing, but just not enough support to finish it or we couldn’t connect to finish on goal when the ball was centered,” Coach Webb said.

Next: The Lakers host York on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Gray-New Gloucester next Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

Audrey Blais is starting to realize just how good she can be, according to Lake Region Coach Dan Dors.

“Audrey did an excellent job at Gray,” Coach Dors said. “She is a very hard worker and a pleasure to coach. She is going to surprise at the conference championship.”

Audrey posted a time of 21 minutes, 40 seconds over the 3.1-mile course to place second in the 32-runner field at Gray last Friday. She was just 17 seconds behind the meet winner.

Addie Blais cracked the Top 10 with a time of 23:31 to finish sixth overall. Christine Morin and Jen Springer ran times of 34:38 and 42:16 respectively.

“It was a tough course,” Coach Dors said. “Addie is getting stronger — physically, she is just about there.”

Nick Scarlett ran a 23:03 to lead the Laker boys, finishing 28th (winning time was 18:09). Kyle Mammana was 38th in 28:57 while A.J. Scammon checked in at 30:58 for 40th.

Neither squad had the required five runners to figure in the team standings.

Next: The Lakers travel to Poland on Friday to compete against the Knights, Freeport, Fryeburg Academy and Sacopee Valley. Boys run at 4:30 p.m. and the girls at 5 p.m.

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