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Field Hockey: Maranacook beats Winslow in final minute

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY MATT DIFILIPPO, Staff Writer

READFIELD -- For more than 59 minutes, it looked like an overtime game. That was about the last thing Maranacook wanted.

"They were dead (tired)," Maranacook field hockey coach Nancy Martin said. "I don't think it would have been good if we'd gone into overtime."

Fortunately for the Black Bears, they were able to avoid overtime at almost the last possible second. Sarah Maxwell, Hayley Pierce and Nicole Castonguay hooked up on a goal with 16 seconds left to give Maranacook a 3-2 victory against Winslow on Saturday morning.

Each team had taken and quickly lost the lead in the first half, and the 2-2 halftime score lasted most of the second half. With less than a minute left, Maranacook goalie Megan Dood made a save, and the Bears (5-1-0) were able to control the ball a short time later.

Maxwell sent a long pass ahead to Pierce, who was sprinting down the right side.

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Football: Tucker, Nokomis can't finish comeback

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY BILL STEWART, Staff Writer

NEWPORT -- Dan Tucker had one player to beat.

Turns out, it was one too many for Tucker and the Nokomis Regional High School football team, which lost a tough 28-20 decision Saturday to Mount Desert Island.

Trailing by a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, Tucker fielded a punt deep in his end, found a seam to the right and nearly sprinted to the end zone.

However, 52 yards later, Tucker was hauled down from behind at the Mount Desert Island 11-yard line, and the Warriors offense failed to score on four plays.

The Trojans (2-1) took over on downs, marched 90 yards for a touchdown and put the game away.

"I thought I had it," Tucker said. "I had one guy to beat but I couldn't go back to the middle because they had other guys out there. So I tried to outrun him but he grabbed me from behind, on my jersey, and took me down."

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maine allows 17 4th-quarter points, falls to Albany

Sport:   Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY JENN MENENDEZ, Maine Sunday Telegram

ALBANY, N.Y. -- This football game was in the bag at halftime.

Nobody told Albany.

The University of Maine blew a commanding lead and lost 20-16 to the Great Danes on Saturday.

The Black Bears appeared in full control and led 16-0 before their conservative play in the second half allowed Albany to creep back into the game.

Albany recovered a fumble inside the Maine 25 late in the fourth quarter, and one play later running back David McCarty ripped off a 24-yard run with 2:02 to play for the go-ahead touchdown.

"You probably will never witness a game like that again," Albany coach Bob Ford said. "We were so bad in the first half. God, I said to the kids, 'We didn't even look like we were coached on offense, defense, any part of it.' "

Backup quarterback Warren Smith drove Maine to the Albany 36 in the final two minutes, but threw three straight incompletions before the drive stalled with 34 seconds to play.

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Football: York football rumbles over Poland

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Pruger, Stephens combine for 270 yards, five TDs
 
By DAN DOYON
sports@seacoastonline.com
 

POLAND, Maine — The disappointment of last week's 41-12 loss to Cape Elizabeth fueled the York High School football team during the week and Poland was the unfortunate opponent of a focused pack of Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Both Brad Stephens and Jared Prugar eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark early in the second quarter and combined for 270 yards and five touchdowns on the day to lead York to a convincing 51-18 win over the Knights in Western Maine Class B action.

Prugar rushed for 131 yards on 10 carries and visited the end zone three times. He added three two-point conversion runs out of the wildcat formation. Stephens finished with 139 yards and two scores

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Girls Soccer: Blazes recover to stop Noble

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

After the Knights score the first goal, Westbrook rallies to a 3-1 victory in girls' soccer.

By JOEL ANDERSON

NORTH BERWICK — Mikel Chayer, Emily Grossman and Jamie Levecque scored Saturday to lift Westbrook to a 3-1 victory against Noble in a Southern Maine Activities Association girls' soccer game.

"We're a very young team. We have a lot of people stepping into new roles," said Westbrook Coach Ryan Hayes. "Our biggest problem is our consistency, our mental ability to stay composed, to work at the same rate for 80 minutes. We got that third goal late. I was pretty proud of that."

Westbrook was more suited for what proved to be a physical game.

"It's probably the most physical game we've played for a full 80 minutes, that's for sure," said Noble Coach Rodney Brown.

"It was physical but in this conference I thought that it was average," said Hayes.

Down 1-0 early, Chayer scored in the 15th minute following a Westbrook corner kick. Chayer, standing about 10 yards out and to the right of the goal, took a pass from Vanessa Bradbury and drilled the ball to the top right corner to tie it.

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Football: Morse in control from the start for easy victory

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Shipbuilders open a 40-0 halftime lead against a team playing in its first varsity season.
By EARL SWINSON

BATH — Pat Wolfe ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, and Tyler Russell added 123 yards and a touchdown as Morse rolled to a 47-14 victory against Camden Hills in an Eastern Class B football game Saturday.

The Windjammers (0-3) showed the growing pains of a first-year varsity program. The Shipbuilders (2-1) scored on their first three possessions on the way to 283 yards rushing and a 40-0 lead by halftime.

After a quick three-and-out by Camden Hills, Wolfe capped a six-play, 41-yard drive with a 2-yard run off right tackle.

Wolfe's conversion kick was blocked, but Nick Moore pounced on a Windjammer fumble on the next play from scrimmage to set Morse up at the Camden Hills 17.

It was 12-0 three plays later, when quarterback Mike Walton hit J Cavanagh in the right flat for a 5-yard scoring pass.

Collin Downs picked up Camden Hills' initial first down with a 16-yard quarterback keeper, but his pass on the next play was deflected and intercepted by Luke Moreau to put the Shipbuilders back in business at the Camden Hills 48.


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Football: Cougars' defense scatters Seagulls

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee, staff writer
 

DIXFIELD — Dirigo's defense proved it could bend without breaking and quarterback Nic Crutchfield rushed for two touchdowns and threw one, as Dirigo remained unbeaten with a 26-6 win over Old Orchard Beach in a Campbell Conference football game Saturday.

Dirigo (3-0) had a little trouble getting going offensively and nearly shot itself in the foot with two fumbles in the first quarter, but the Cougars made the necessary adjustments. The Cougars scored on a 31-yard pass from Crutchfield to Bryan Blackman to lead 13-6 with 4:39 remaining in the first half and never looked back.

"We played much better in the second half," Dirigo coach Doug Gilbert said. "I think it showed what we are capable of doing when we don't turn the ball over or commit foolish penalties."

Dirigo has won 13 regular-season games since losing to Winthrop in October, 2007. The Cougars beat the Ramblers 34-6, last week.


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Oak Hill raids Jay

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes, staff writer

WALES — Jay High School was haunted by a recurrence of fumbleitis Saturday afternoon.

Turnovers, in back-to-back abundance against good Campbell Conference teams, cost the Tigers a Western Class C football playoff berth last fall. Now they can only hope five lost fumbles, and interception and a 20-8 loss to Oak Hill don't have the same season-killing impact in 2009.

"I thought we had seven," said Jay coach Mark Bonnevie, whose team was spared that extra giveaway by a roughing-the-passer penalty. "You know, I don't care who you are, you're not going to win games doing that."

Four of those cough-ups came in the second half, leading directly to a pair of Oak Hill touchdowns and leaving both teams at 2-1 in the northern division. Josh Prue's 5-yard TD rush restored the Raiders' lead. Josh Allen applied the exclamation point with an 83-yard ramble in the fourth quarter.


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Football: Wildcats knock off Knights

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer
 

POLAND — For a building football program, particularly one that starts the season facing the iron of its league, progress comes in dribs and drabs.

In Saturday's Campbell Conference joust with York, Poland's drib was an early touchdown to answer York's initial blow. The drab came in the second half, when the Knights forced the Wildcats to put their starters back into the game after scoring a pair of third quarter touchdowns.

In the end, York had too much to prove coming off a 41-12 loss to Cape Elizabeth, and too much Jared Prugar and Brad Stephens, and emerged a 51-18 victor on a wind-swept Saturday.

Prugar rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Stephens tallied 139 yards and two TDs on the ground to lead York (2-1).


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Boys' soccer: EL's, Lewiston's hands tied

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills, staff writer

AUBURN - J.J. Musse was open.

He knew it, and he knew time was running out in regulation Saturday. He also knew there wasn't much he could do without the ball. He watched teammate Showbow Saban maneuver toward the net and waited for his chance.

"I was just screaming 'Showbow, Showbow, you got me,' said Musse, the senior midfielder. "He passed it, and I got the score."

Musse's goal with eight seconds left in regulation dashed Edward Little's hopes for victory. The two rivals settled for a 1-1 tie.

"We just didn't give up," said Lewiston coach Mike McGraw. "We were persistent. They capitalized on the one break that we gave them. I was satisfied with the level of play for both teams. It was a great game. It was a great game to be involved in."


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Maineiacs notes: Welcome return for Finn

Sport:   Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online
 
LEWISTON — There was no professional hangover in Samuel Finn's game this weekend.

Finn, an 18-year-old defenseman for the Lewiston Maineiacs, spent the better part of the two previous weeks in Colorado with the Avalanche of the National Hockey League on a free agent invitation tryout. He played in a few intra-squad games, but not much more. As an undrafted player, especially one so young, he wasn't expecting much more than that.

But it did fire him up to come back to Lewiston.

"It was just fun to be back and watch the crowd get all into us and be that excited," Finn said. "It was awesome."

On the Maineiacs' second goal of the game in Friday's 3-2 win over Baie-Comeau, officials originally credited Finn, who wears number six, with the tally. He was quick to correct them, attributing the goal to its rightful scorer, No. 26 Michael Chaput.


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Girls' soccer: EL puts Lewiston on hold

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills, staff writer
 
AUBURN - It was starting to feel like deja vu all over again.

As the clocked ticked away late in the second half Saturday afternoon, the Lewiston girls' soccer team mounted a challenge to EL's slim lead. After watching the Blue Devil boys' soccer team erase a similar deficit in the final seconds to earn a tie earlier in the day, Lewiston had plenty of onlookers a bit anxious, especially those donning maroon and white.

"You can coach yourself and your team all up the week prior to the Lewiston-EL game, and it's never going to do anything for you," said EL coach Val Ackley. "Because, it's all about emotion. Lewiston is a team, despite the one win against Erskine, that's just as competitive as anybody else. Lewiston was not going to go away. We let down. We didn't possess the ball as well in the second half as we did in the first. We even had the advantage of the wind and we didn't take advantage of that."

Despite Lewiston's valiant comeback try, the Red Eddies held firm and secured a 1-0 victory. Mary Kate Master's goal late in the first half held up as EL (3-1-1) blanked the Blue Devils (1-4)


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Oak Hill recovers 4 fumbles in 2nd half, beats Jay

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By SCOTT MARTIN, Sports editor

WALES -- A pair of mistakes in early in the second half Saturday cost the Oak Hill High School football team the lead. But the Raiders made enough big plays and benefited from a few mistakes by Jay to earn its second win of the season.

Oak Hill recovered four Jay fumbles in the second half and turned two of those into scores. The second, an 83-yard touchdown run by Josh Allen, put the game away as the Raiders earned a 20-8 Campbell Conference Class C win.

"Just keep your eyes open for the fumble all the time," said Oak Hill defensive end Chris Eaton, who recovered two second-half fumbles and three in the game. "Being in the right place at the right time."


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COLLEGE CONNECTIONS: Champagne balancing heavy workload

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY TRAVIS LAZARCZYK, Staff Writer

The good thing about being an engineering major on a football team at a school like Worcester Polytechnic Institute is, you're not alone. Everybody on the team is trying to balance football with a rigorous academic load.

"Our coach has us make a schedule before the start of every season," said Aaron Champagne, a junior running back from Fairfield. "We help each other out quite a bit."

A civil engineering major with a 4.0 grade point average, Champagne is enjoying success on the field for the Engineers, as well as in the classroom. With Saturday's 52-0 win against Becker, WPI is 3-0. Champagne had six carries for 53 yards a touchdown in the game.

For the season, Champagne has 167 yards and four touchdown on 28 carries.

"You can't coach a better kid," said Ed Zaloom, WPI's head coach. "He's totally reliable and dependable."


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Football: Cheverus stays perfect, rolls to 21-0 win over South Portland

Sport: Football  Posted: September 20th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

PORTLAND—On the heels of its stirring upset win over Windham, the Cheverus Stags football team avoided a letdown Saturday afternoon, producing yet another strong performance in a 21-0 victory over visiting South Portland at Boulos Stadium.

The Stags improved to 3-0 behind a dominating rushing game and staunch defense, holding the Red Riots (1-2) to just 133 yards of offense while confirming their status as a top Western Class A contender.

"It was huge," said senior Matt Place, who rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries. "Coming in, we didn't take these guys lightly. All week, we got ready for them. Every game is the same. We have the same attitude in every game."

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