Northern: Women’s hockey drama kicks off playoffs

A week later, it’s clear it was worth the wait for the winter sports playoffs.

The women’s hockey playoffs have been thrilling, and other sports are poised to crown state champions.

Here is an overview:

female hockey

Falmouth celebrates a goal in Saturday’s Southern Region Marathon semi-final loss to Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland. Michael Hoffer / For the Forecaster.

Falmouth’s women’s hockey team had a hell of a ride in the South Region playoffs. The fourth-seeded Navigators started with a decisive 5-1 home victory over No. 5 York in the quarterfinals last Wednesday, as Trinity Grenier and Kate Kinley both scored twice.

“We’ve come so far,” said Kinley, who last week was named a semifinalist for the Becky Schaffer Award, given to the state’s outstanding senior player. “At the start of the year, I didn’t even think we would do very well. We weren’t great at first, but we grew and got closer. Our practice has paid off. I am impressed with our progress.

“We scored five (goals) and that’s about the most we’ve scored this year,” Navigators coach Rob Carrier said. “We had a lot of puck possession. We made sure we had quality scoring chances and shots on net and tried to find some rebounds and it paid off. The girls executed the game plan beautifully and things lined up for us tonight.

Falmouth then traveled to Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland for the semi-finals on Saturday and came on seconds after causing a major upset. After falling behind early, the Navigators tied on a goal by rookie Amelia Brann. After allowing a power-play goal early in the second period, Falmouth got goals from Grenier and Kinley to take a 3-2 lead in the third period, where Brann scored to provide some insurance. Cape/Waynflete/SP salvaged a goal, but as time ticked on the Navigators looked set to move on. Then, with just 7.1 seconds remaining, Cape/Waynflete/SP secured the equalizer and after the teams played three eight-minute overtime ‘sudden victory’ Cape/Waynflete/SP scored 10 seconds after the fourth OT for a 5-4 win, ending Falmouth’s season at 9-6-1.

“It was exciting from start to finish,” Carrier said. “The overtime amplified everything. To be honest, I thought we would have a good first half. We trained well and played well against York. I think we caught (Cape/SP/Waynflete) a bit off guard and then they came back to life in the second and third periods. The biggest difference was our fatigue and Cape’s depth in attack. We cannot operate the same type of lines as them. They wore us out even though we tried to slow down the game.

“We try to put things in perspective. I didn’t know where we would end up this year. Playing so well was unexpected. A lot of girls are sad that the season is over and how it ended after we got so close to extending it. It will take a few days to look back and come away realizing how much we have accomplished.

Kinley, a Falmouth graduate, along with four other seniors, but the young Navigators have gained a lot of experience this winter and will be hungry for another playoff next season.

“I don’t know what our numbers will look like,” Carrier said. “For the returning girls, I’m sure it will serve as great motivation for next year.”

In the Northern Region, sixth-seeded Yarmouth/Freeport were eliminated by No. 3 Mt. Ararat, 4-0, in the quarter-finals to finish 6-9.

Greely, after a 3-13 season, pulled out of the playoffs.

Indoor track

The Western Maine Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship competition was held this past weekend at the University of Southern Maine. The Freeport girls collected 90 points and came second behind York (167). Lucy Riggs finished first in the junior 200m (28.98 seconds). Sadie Grogan won the 55 junior hurdles (10.47). Greely (80 points) placed third. Abigail Jacobson won the Junior 55 (7.96). Elle Jowett won the senior 400 (1 minute, 2.04 seconds). Olivia Marsanskis won the open pole vault (10ft). Rangers also finished first in the 4×200 open relay (1:55.56). Yarmouth (32) finished seventh. Tessa Dougherty finished first in the junior 400m (1:09.59). NYA (8 points) came in 11th.

In the men’s competition, also won by York with 161.5 points, Yarmouth (74) finished third. Frazier Dougherty finished first in the senior 55 (6.85) and senior 400 (52.66). Owen Gillan took first place in the senior 200m (24.47). The Clippers 4×200 relay open team finished first in 1:37.47. Freeport (52.5 points) came fifth. Henry Horne won the senior high jump (5-8). Enoch Boudreau finished first in the open pole vault (10-6). NYA (19) was 10th. Justin Corporon won the Junior 55 (6.8). Greely (18) finished 11th.

The Falmouth boys had 45 points to place eighth in Saturday’s Southwestern Maine Activities Association championship game at the University of Southern Maine. South Portland finished first with 142. Kaleb Barrett won the senior triple jump (40-1).

The Falmouth girls collected 18 points and finished 14th (Gorham won with 131.833 points).

The Class A state meet is Monday at USM.

To swim

The Greely girls won the North Division South West Championship last weekend, scoring 290 points, 20 clear of runner-up Cape Elizabeth. Audrey Cohen finished first in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 13.66 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (52.88 seconds). Abby Hollis won the 100m backstroke (58.66). Rangers also won the 200 freestyle (Emma Cyr, Holly Moss, Mia Raley and Katie Hankinson, 1:49.98) and 400 freestyle (Hunter Maxham, Emma Richard, Hollis and Cohen, 3:47.07) relays. . Falmouth (97 points) came seventh. Katrina Waite won the 50 free in 25.25. Jillian James won the diving title with a score of 407.95 points.

In the boys’ encounter, won by Cape Elizabeth with 301 points, Greely (197) finished third. Falmouth (143) finished fifth. Patrick Gill finished first in the 50 free (21.12). Cole Gorsuch won the 100m backstroke (52.88).

In the Southern Division Southwesterns, the Yarmouth girls won the title with 233 points. Alexandra Ericson finished first in the individual medley (2:10.76) and first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.45). The Clippers also won the medley relay (Piper Priddy, Ericson, Daisy Brewer and Ali Miller, 1:59.56). Freeport (39) was 10th.

In the boys, won by Kennebunk with 232 points, Yarmouth (116) finished fifth. Freeport (94) placed sixth. Brian Brogan won the 50 freestyle (22.22) and the 100 freestyle (48.44).

The state swimming championship meets will take place next week.

Ski

The Greely Girls’ Nordic Ski Team celebrates after winning the Western Maine Conference title. Contributing photo.

The Falmouth boys won the SMAA Alpine Skiing title last week. The Navigators had 46 points, 28 better than second-placed Windham. Andrew Christie won the giant slalom with a combined time of 1 minute 21.93 seconds and also finished first in the slalom (1:33.55).

The Falmouth girls had 79 points and were third behind Windham (50) and Marshwood (68). Celia Geci finished fourth in the GS (1:26.38) and fourth in the slalom (1:47.8).

The WMC Alpine boys title was won by Freeport with 84 points. Yarmouth (149) finished fifth. The Clippers were paced by GS champ Asher Lockwood (1:24.2). Greely (236) finished sixth.

The girls’ crown was won by Cape Elizabeth with 79 points. Freeport finished second with 97 points. Yarmouth (98) finished third. Brooke Boone was the GS (1:27.9) and slalom (1:43.27) champion. Greely (183) placed sixth. Ruth Weeks finished second in the GS (1:29.8).

At last week’s WMC Nordic Championships, the Yarmouth boys finished first. Owen Redfield finished second in the combined individual pursuit. Freeport finished second and was led by Individual Combined Pursuit Champion Sam Robinson. Maine Coast Waldorf/NYA finished fourth. Greely placed sixth.

Greely’s daughters won the title. Sylvia Harvey was second and Alex Collins fourth in the Individual Combined Pursuit standings. Yarmouth finished third. MCW/NYA placed fourth with Emma Haims third in the combined pursuit. Freeport was fifth.

The state of skiing meets next week.

men’s hockey

There is still one week left in the regular season for men’s hockey.

South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport finished third in the Class A healing points standings at press time at 10-5 following a 3-1 loss to Portland/Deering and a 6-1 win over previously unbeaten Edward Little. Dylan Hannan had two goals and two assists in the win. SP/Waynflete/Freeport host Thornton Academy on Thursday, visit Scarborough on Saturday and host Biddeford on Tuesday next week in the final.

Falmouth were 6-7-1 and fourth in the region after a 7-3 home win over Scarborough last week. The Navigators travel to St. Dom’s on Wednesday, visit Bangor on Saturday and travel to Scarborough on Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, two-time defending champion Greely remained atop the standings after a 1-0 loss at Leavitt and a 6-1 win at home to Gorham last week. Evan Dutil scored twice in the win. Rangers host York on Wednesday and Cape Elizabeth on Thursday, travel to Kennebunk on Saturday and host Leavitt on Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus/Yarmouth were 9-4 and third in Class B South after home wins over Kennebunk (8-3) and Cape Elizabeth (3-2) last week. Wyatt Header won the game against the Capers, while Brian Connolly and Kevin Connolly also scored. Cheverus/Yarmouth host Gorham on Thursday, travel to Kennebunk on Monday and host York on Tuesday next week.

Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.