Lake Region weekly sports recaps

FIELD HOCKEY

Yarmouth 6, Lakers 0: “We were not the team that scrimmaged against Windham; unfortunately for us it was more of the mental game than the physical,” Coach Pauline Webb said.

LR goalies Katherine Springer (a junior) and Maddie Nelson (a sophomore) combined for 21 saves.

Lakers 3, Greely 1: Olivia Deschenes scored first as the Lakers and Rangers were deadlocked at the half. Freshmann Paige Davis scored in the second half to give the Lakers a lead and Deschenes scored again to make it 3-1.

“I’m still trying to find the best formation for the team and the best spots for each player,” Coach Webb said.

Goalie Springer had 11 saves.

Lakers 3, Poland 1: Dessi Berry scored a pair of first-half goals, including a nifty move past the Poland netminder to score at the far post, as the Lakers (2-1) built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off the Knights (0-3) at Naples.

Paige Davis also scored for Lake Region, and Olivia Deschenes and Spencer True added one assist apiece. Springer made 7 saves for the Lakers, while Nelson recorded 4 stops.

Up next: Due to a shortage of officials, the Laker field hockey schedule has undergone a few changes. The Lakers will take on Falmouth this Saturday at 3 p.m. The game originally was scheduled for Friday. The Lakers host Freeport on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Gray-NG 8, Lakers 0: On Saturday, the first 10 seconds seemed to dictate how the day would go for Lakers.

The Patriots gained the first possession of the ball and made a lightning break for the Lakers goal on the kickoff, scoring before many could believe what was happening.

“Our defense continues to struggle to find itself in this fast, hard-paced division,” Laker Coach Michael Chaine said

Senior goalie Matt Stenger recorded some very nice saves to keep G-NG from reaching double digits, but lack of communication and missed marking of players plagued the Lakers throughout the game.

“We did have spurts of control, however, and were able to move the ball well, setting up several opportunities on offense, which were thwarted by the G-NG defense,” Coach Chaine said. “As a team, we need to learn to trust one another on defense and stay with our men and not overcommit to the ball.”

  • The JV squad came out positive and upbeat although they gave up two goals in the first half, they never gave up.

In the second half, GNG scored twice, but not before freshman Peter Vigna was able to score on a beautiful cross ball from sophomore Hunter Russo.  This was Peter’s third goal of the year.

“He has shown great ability to be in the right place at the right time,” Coach Chaine said.

Shortly after Vigna’s goal, the Lakers got another chance to tighten up the score as they were awarded a penalty kick for a trip inside the 18. Russo stepped up and placed a well-struck ball in the left lower corner of the goal, getting the Lakers within a goal.

The G-NG defense, however, would not give up any other goals and the Patriot offense scored a security goal resulting in a 4-2 victory over the Lakers.

Up next: The Lakers host Waynflete today, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Art Kilborn Athletic Complex, and host Traip Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:15 p.m.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

The Lady Lakers opened the 2015-16 season with the first three games on the road.

  • A strong York squad challenged the Lakers in the opener. The Lakers managed 7 shots and Laker goalkeepers Chandler True and Madison Rock combined for 10 saves in the 5-0 York victory.
  • Lake Region traveled to Wells for the second contest, a spirited battle that ended in a 1-0 loss as the Warriors scored with 20 minutes remaining and held on for the victory.

The Lakers maintained good ball possession and outshot Wells 19-8, but could not find the back of the net.

Maddie Rock made 5 saves for the Lakers.

  • The road trip ended with a terrific game at Gray against the Patriots.

Gray-NG got out to an early 2-0 lead and then the game see-sawed back and forth with the Lakers closing the score to 3-2 before Gray scored the final goal for a 4-2 decision.

Kristen Huntress scored both Laker goals, the first unassisted on a long shot from the right side and the second from close range after being sent in by a great pass from Aisley Sturk.

The Lakers managed 14 shots and Maddie Rock recorded 14 saves.

Up next: The Lakers look for their initial win of the season, hosting two games this week, facing Kennebunk (yesterday, Wednesday) and   Waynflete on Friday.

  • JV action:

York 4, Lakers 0: “We played very well and put up a strong fight,” Coach Alyssa Walbrecht said. “Many girls got to play different positions and Madison Rock and Chandler True both played outstanding in goal and made a lot of really good saves. We were low on numbers due to injuries, but each and every girl played to their best ability.”

Lakers 3, Wells 2: Due to the heat and low roster numbers, the teams played 8 vs. 8 with 15-minute quarters.

“We played the full field and we had an outstanding performance,” the coach said.

Brooke Harriman scored two goals to tie the game, and Brooke assisted the winning goal by Kiana Terry.  Madison Rock and Chandler True had outstanding performances in goal, and made some really tough saves.

“The team played together as a unit and worked hard for the win,” Coach Walbrecht said.

Gray-NG 6, Lakers 5: The teams played 8 vs. 8 on a shortened field. “It was a challenge for the girls to get used to the field, but once adapted, they really started to shine,” the coach reported. “It was a very close game and exciting to watch. Five girls put the ball in the back of the net for the Lakers, that is always exciting for the coaching staff to see.”

Emily Lake, Brooke, Neva Leavitt, Mindy Miller, and Isabel Davis-White all had goals to contribute.

“Our defense played solid and worked very hard to keep the ball away from our goalies.  Madison and Chandler split the game in goal and both made a lot of great saves and had outstanding performances,” Coach Walbrecht said. “It is nice to watch the team play together and grow together to achieve their common goal!”

CROSS-COUNTRY

Audrey Blais ran her second fastest time on her home course on Friday, posting a 19:28 to win the four school girls’ meet.

“Coming off an injury, it was a great job,” Lake Region Coach Dan Dors said. “If Audrey can stay injury free, she will again be one of the top girls in the conference. She’s a great leader, as well.”

Addie Blais also picked up the pace, cutting 1 minute, 25 seconds off her time from the Invitational held in late August. Her time of 21:16 earned her 13th place. Meanwhile, freshman Olivia Toole also showed a 40 second improvement over the past two weeks by running a 22:41 to place 24th over the 2.97-mile course.

Here’s how other Lakers fared:

  1. Kennedy Brake, 23:57
  2. Hae Won Kim, 28:43
  3. Leyla Seitova, 29:02

Team Standings: Waynflete 28, Wells 57, Lake Region 73, Traip Academy 95.

On the boys’ side, Nick Scarlett lead the Laker pack with a 18:34 to place 13th out of the field of 43 runners. Here’s how other team members fared:

  1. Tim Holbrook, 19:30
  2. Cameron Meserve, 19:41
  3. Devyn Hatch, 20:15
  4. Andrew Gianattasio, 21:00
  5. Alex Creaser, 27:21
  6. Brandon Ross, 27:27

Team Standings: Wells 21, Waynflete 42, Traip Academy 80, Lake Region 94.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Twin Brooks in Cumberland this Friday to take on the Rangers, Old Orchard Beach, Cape Elizabeth and Waynflete. Girls open at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 5 p.m.

GOLF

Tyler Walker was just three shots over par to lead the Lakers (5-1) to a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 victory over North Yarmouth Academy (3-2-1) at Bridgton Highlands Tuesday.

Walker fired a 39 to defeat NYA’s Dana Nichols (52).

In other play, Ryan Walker edged NYA’s Jake Malcolm, 52-54; Nick Scarlett was edged by Panther Connor Millet, 53-52; Ryan Hodgdon topped NYA’ss Brent Rickett, 51-56; Bobby Caron tied Haven Cudko 65-65; and Ben Johnson lost to NYA’s Reed Silvers, 62-57.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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