2017-06-03 / Sports

Girls lax teams to watch this postseason

Associate Sports Editor

With the 2017 regular season coming to a close, a handful of York County girls lacrosse teams are getting set for postseason action.

Southern Maine boasts defending state champions, defending conference champions, returning playoff squads, as well as new contenders.

With the playoffs around the corner, let’s examine what shape local teams are in heading into the big dance.

Kennebunk Rams

The defending Class B champs accomplished it all last season, going undefeated and avenging a 2015 championship loss to Yarmouth.

Despite losing leaders Kyra Schwartzman and Jenny Bush, who would go on to compete for Division II Merrimack and Assumption respectively, the Rams once again emerged as the class of the Southern conference by completing a 10-2 record and earning the top seed.

After a rocky start, the Rams would catch fire and go 8-1 in their final nine games, with their only loss in that span coming from rival Yarmouth.

The Rams look explosive heading into the postseason, with plenty of players able to crash the cage. Between captains Hallie Schwartzman, Gabby Fogg, as well as girls like Erin Gorton and Marran Oakman in the mix, the Rams look to be on a crash course to another state final appearance.

Massabesic Mustangs

The defending Class A South champs look hungry heading into the playoffs, pulling off a perfect 12-0 spring.

The Mustangs are a seasoned group, and look to be ready to avenge their 2016 state championship defeat to Messalonskee.

Massabesic has one of the most balanced teams in the state, and also have a healthy mix of veterans and newcomers. Massabesic returns captains Josie Ring and Emma Desrochers, while Logan Champlin and Morgan Pike have taken the next step into All-Star form.

Skylar Renaud has also packed a punch in her sophomore campaign, along with sophomore Cailyn Forrester.

Thornton Academy Golden Trojans

TA matched its 2016 season, going 9-3 and clinching the No. 3 seed in the Class A South playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Like No. 1 Massabesic, the Trojans boast an experienced group that is among the most well-rounded in the state.

Captain Amanda Cyr has had another impressive campaign at attack for the Trojans, while fellow captain Paige LeBlanc has also proven to be an elite facilitator at midfield. Shannon Moskowitz has also become one of the most reliable goaltenders in the conference.

The Trojans will have a tough test should they advance to the conference final, but they have the tools to compete against any group.

Biddeford Tigers

The Tigers enjoyed their best season in their eight-year history as a varsity program. 

Biddeford went 9-3, which was the most wins in program history, and claimed the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. After years of development, the Tigers’ plans seem to have come into fruition as Biddeford fields a true contender in the South.

Upperclassmen Serena Speight, Peyton McKeown, and Rebekah Guay have had solid years, while sophomores Paige Laverriere, Hailey Allen and freshman Megan Mourmouras have also made their mark.

Although the Tigers have taken a step forward this season, they still have struggled against top competition, losing games to No. 3 Thornton Academy and No. 2 Marshwood.

Regardless of outcome, the Tigers have proven to have a strong core for the future.

 Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. 

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