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GIRLS' SOCCER

Sydney Hancock scored an unassisted goal with seven minutes left as the Lakers battled to a 2-2 tie against Old Orchard Beach last Friday in Naples.

Hancock gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead off an assist from Lexi Crawford, but the Gulls (3-1-1) rallied to take a 2-1 advantage of scores by Abigail Dubois.

Tiana Jo Carter and Crawford played aggressively to spark the Lakers in the second half, Coach Lynne Harrison said.

“Despite playing back on our heels for much of the game, we showed improved marking and defensive positioning,” Coach Harrison said. “Hannah Perkins played tough defense on the outside defender position and Kasey Huntress made an all-out-effort to knock away a ball sitting directly in front of the empty net in the final seconds of play.”

Coach Harrison felt the Lakers had a great deal of trouble transitioning the ball and fell into a boot-and-run style of game, “which definitely is not our style.”

Sophomore Isabelle Scribner seemed more comfortable in goal, only her second start because of the injury to Sarah Hancock. “Homecoming Week will see us have a tough match up with York on Tuesday and Sacopee Valley on Saturday (at 11:30 a.m.) in a quad game with the boys,” Coach Harrison said.

Heal Ratings released on Tuesday had the Lakers sitting in the eighth spot.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Cape Elizabeth on Monday, Sept. 24 for a 6 p.m. game and then host Fryeburg Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

BOYS' SOCCER

The search for the first win continues.

The Lakers fell 4-1 at Wells on Saturday.

“During the first half, we made some bad mental errors which cost us two goals, while at the same time senior goalie Pat Irish made some great saves to keep the game close,” first-year coach Michael Chaine said. “After a half time pep talk, the boys came out playing like I know they can. We started controlling the ball well in the midfield and started pressing the Wells defense.”

Shortly into the second half, the Lakers got on the scoreboard with a penalty kick scored by senior Michael Mageles.

“The boys continued to play hard until we lapsed again mentally in the last five minutes of the game, when we gave up two more goals,” Coach Chaine said.

The Laker junior varsity team did, however, get its first win of the season with a 3-1 win over the Warriors.

The Lakers played very aggressive ball, pressing the Wells defense the entire game. Freshman Alex Langadas score twice and freshman Branden George scored once.

Sophomore captain Michael Rust and freshman Marcus Devoe both were stingy on defense, until the last minute of the game.

“With a direct kick in our favor near the Wells goal, I chose to pull our entire defense forward in a last minute attack,” Coach Chaine said. “The Wells defense cleared the ball well to one of their forwards who was able to make a run on our goal, scoring with only seconds left in the game. (That one was) completely on me.”

Up next: The Lakers host Sacopee Valley on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Art Kilborn Athletic Complex. LR then hosts Cape Elizabeth on Monday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. and travels to Fryeburg on Wednesday, Sept. 26 for a 3:30 p.m. contest.

FOOTBALL

The Lakers fell 28-0 to Cape Elizabeth Friday night to fall to 0-3 on the season.

“Our young men showed an amazing amount of focus and resolve during a week of adversity and doubt,” first-year coach Brian Jahna said. “We continued to have our young guys step up in big roles and are seeing great development in our senior leadership. We had several players who had to learn new positions last Friday to make up for key injuries.”

Coach Jahna expects to see his roster grow a bit this week.

“We need a great week of practice to compete with a very tough and undefeated Marshwood team,” he said.

Marshwood comes to town this Friday at 7 p.m. The Hawks are off to a great start, having knocked off York 28-12, Mountain Valley 19-12 and Falmouth 54-0.

Coming off a 2-6 year last fall and with just five returning starters, the Hawks run a Wing-T offense led by sophomore Brett Gerry and senior Dan Lizotte.

CROSS COUNTRY

Mark MacDougall cracked the Top 10 at Yarmouth. The LR senior was seventh overall in the 2.95-mile race in 18 minutes, 51 seconds.

Braden Becker of Yarmouth had the best time in 16:37.

Laker finishers were:

18. Kyle DeSouza, 20:31

25. Ben Roy, 20:53

26. Mason Kluge-Edwards, 20:59

28. Tim Cronin, 21:23

37. James McCann, 23:11

43. Nick Hall, 24:40

Final standings: Yarmouth 33, North Yarmouth Academy 43, Gray-New Gloucester 65, Lake Region 87.

On the girls’ side, the Lakers fielded just two runners — Maude Meeker, 13 at 23:06 and Julia Carlson 30 at 26:35 — due to injury and illness.

Sarah Becker of Yarmouth won the race inn 20:11.

Final standings: Yarmouth 19, NYA 44, Lake Region no score, Gray-NG no score.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Gray-New Gloucester this Friday to meet the Patriots, Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m.

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