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BOYS HOCKEY VS LAKE REGION ICE CATS
The Eagles posted a 5-1 victory over the Lake Region / Oxford Hills / Fryeburg Academy Ice ... Read more
BOYS BASKETBALL VS OXFORD HILLS
The Boys made it two in a row with a 56-49 victory over visiting Oxford Hills. It was another exciting ... Read more
GIRLS / BOYS SWIMMING VS LEWISTON
The Lady Eagles have to try to fill the immense void that All American Celia Ouelette left in her wake ... Read more
GIRLS BASKETBALL VS MESSALONSKEE
The Eagles dropped the season open to a talented, experienced, senior-laden Messa- lonskee ...Read more
Dec 12, 2013 - Boys Hockey Hi-Lites vs Ice Cats by Greg Emerson
The Eagles posted a 5-1 victory over the Lake Region / Oxford Hills / Fryeburg Academy Ice Cats who have more letters (42) in their name than, well, most everyone. I like the Ice Cats mascot, except that it sounds like it belongs in Worcester. Maybe that's because they actually were in Worcester before they moved to Peioria. Anyways, these Ice Cats had bus problems en route (too many stops to pick up players?) and their problems did not stop when they stepped on the ice.
The Ice Cats did manage to get the first three shots of the game, but they were garden variety and easily turned away by freshman netminder Kyle Welsh (who looked solid in goal). At 12:13, the Eagles scored first when they broke up an Ice Cat breakout attempt. Mark Abreu fought for the puck behind the net and got it to Kyle Lussier who shot from a tough angle deep in the corner that found its way into the net for a 1-0 lead. At the other end, Kyle Welsh steered aside a couple more shots, including a nice sliding save after he held the corner on as an Ice Cat moved the puck left to right. At the 9:00 minute mark, Andrew Gardiner flashed some moves on a full length rush that ended with a backhand shot that glided just wide. At 6:28, the Ice Cats were whistled for a penalty. The Eagles had plenty of good chances, but could not cash in. After the penalty expired, Ben Bishop wristed a Bru Abreu pass past the goalie to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The Eagles successfully killed off a short-handed situation as the first period came to an end.
The Eagles were on a power play when Tyler O'Connor broke up a clear and fired from just inside the right dot to make it 3-0. The Ice Cats gave Kyle Welsh a little scare when a blue line blast sailed just high over the crossbar and bounced off the backboards where Kyle made a nice save. At the other end, Mark (Son of Bru) Abreu pirouetted in the face circle and unleashed a slapper that rattled the chops of the Ice Cats goalie. Seconds later, Kyle Lussier stole the puck and Bru Abreu collected it and went top shelf over the shoulder of the stunned Ice Cat keeper. Lake Region had a couple of breakaway attempts. On the first one Ryley Austin hauled down the skater to earn a two minute penalty. The Eagles killed off that penalty but minutes later, Lake Region created another breakaway. This time Kyle Welsh stonewalled the shooter. In the closing minute, Ben Bishop and Mark Abreu created some magic of their own with a couple of good opportunities.
The Eagles were rolling out three lines in the final period and moving the puck effectively. Sean Bolduc was denied on a breakaway and Nate Hartley just missed finishing a nice Ryley Austin to Ben Bishop passing sequence. With 7 minutes left, a Lake Region shot rang the near side post, but Kyle Welsh made two consecutive saves on a wrist shot and the follow up rebound. The Ice Cats had yet another breakaway and this time Travis Townsend beat Kyle Welsh to make it 4-1. Less than 30 seconds later Ben Bishop collected his second goal of the game assisted by Tyler O'Connor and Mark Abreu. The Eagles had a final goal negated because of interference, but look at the video at 3:33 to decide for yourself.
Photos to be posted soon.
The Boys made it two in a row with a 56-49 victory over visiting Oxford Hills. It was another exciting game for the Eagles and it was a lot closer than the final score indicates. The teams switched leads in the first quarter with the Vikings holding a 14-11 lead. The Eagles battled back to tie it at the half and showed signs of taking control in the second half. But every time the Eagles stretched the lead, the Vikings clawed their way back into the game. Eventually, the rubber band the Vikings were using broke and the Eagles walked away with the win.
The game started with Jake Demosthenes setting up Mason Griffin off a fast break, but the basket was negated by a charging call against Jake. That call set the tempo of the game that would follow. There were an inordinate number of charging calls against both teams indicating the Eagles and the Vikings were willing to take the hit on defense and that the offense would prefer to go through rather than around their opponents.
The Vikings got the first official points and jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Shy Ulrickson hit the first of his four three-pointers to make it 3-2. After a couple of OH free throws, Shy nailed another three to make it 6-4. Then he stole the ball on the next possession and drove to the hoop. He was fouled and made one of his free throws. It was 7-4 Eagles and Shy had accounted for all seven points. A couple of OH buckets gave the Vikings a brief 8-7 lead before Mason Griffin broke in for a lay up on a partial breakaway. Kevin Carter hit a soft 5-foot hook on the run and, as Tommy Heinsohn would question, how come no one takes that short anymore. (so we'll give Kevin a Tommy point. In the last two minutes, the Vikings hit a couple of treys to take a 14-11 lead at the end of one.
Mason Griffin came out firing to open the second quarter. He showed his non-partisanship by draining treys from the left then from the right side in the first minute to change a 14-11 deficit into a 17-14 Eagles lead. After the Vikes pulled within one, Shy showed his determination and athleticism when he stumbled on the dribble, recovered, and drove past his defender for two. Kevin Carter followed with some nice inside work and he converted a left-handed power move to give the Eagles a 21-16 lead with 4:00 minutes left. The Vikings reeled off 6 straight points as the Eagles committed several turnovers as they tried to force the ball inside. As the half ended, Shy worked the clock before he was fouled. He hit a free throw to tie the score at 22 all.
Once again it was Mason Griffin who got the Eagles rolling to open the second half when Shy fed him for a lay up. Mason was fouled on the play and converted the three-point play the olde fashioned way. The Eagles would not trail the rest of the game, but they were not able to pull away by more than 5 points til the closing minutes of the game. Jake Demosthenes nailed a three-pointer and Mike Crawford hit a pair of free throws before Shy Ulrickson and Kevin Carter took over. Shy gracefully converted a twisting drive and then another trey; Kevin used the brute force method as he muscled up between two defenders for a tough inside basket. The action was getting particularly rough underneath. Kevin then came up with a big offensive rebound and pounded it home to give the Eagles a 39-35 lead after three.
In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Alex LaFountain had made a diving save of a loose ball along the end line and alertly bounced it off a Viking to give the Eagles possession. Shy Ulrickson immediately translated the hustle of Alex into three points. Alex was at the front end of a nice passing sequence with Jake Demosthenes and Kevin Carter that led to two Carter free throws that made it 44-38 with five minutes left on the clock. The Vikings quickly narrowed the lead down to 44-42. The teams swapped free throws with Mason Griffin swishing a pair to make it 46-44 with 3 minutes left. Mike Crawford and Shy hit four straight free throws to extend the lead back to a more comfortable 50-42. With a minute left, Shy came up with a big steal and drove to the hoop. His shot wouldn't fall, but Kevin Carter, who was running the floor, picked up a huge rebound layed in an uncontested, but hard-earned basket to put the game out of reach. Mason Griffin and Kevin Carter finished out the scoring with four more free throws.
The Eagles shot 18 of 22 from the free throw line. Shy finished with 20, Mason added 15, and Kevin ended up with 14. The Boys are now 2-0. It may be a bit pre-mature to organize the Duck Boat parade, but this team has shown it can compete.
The Lady Eagles have to try to fill the immense void that All American Celia Ouelette left in her wake. Celia, who set every free style record while at Mt Ararat, continues her record setting at Western Kentucky.
The Eagles hope to fill the flippers of Celia with a mixture of young and veteran swimmers. The Eagles will be relying on the Huey sisters, Mackenzie Dufresne, Cassandra Hardee, Kaitlin Volk, and Kristen Sullivan to step up. Abbey Morgan, Brittani Littleford, Nicole Labbay, Hannah Herrick, Kayleigh Ormsby, and Rebecca McLaughlin are expected to provide strong support. Freshman Maddy Wade, Laura Secone and Emma Hutchinson should have an immediate impact. Emily McCracken, Karlie Brillant, Maia Carlson, Maggie Garver are all young and talented. Oldies but goodies Alicia Caterina and Renee Rossignol bring their skills and charisma to the pool for the first year.
In the first meet of the year against Lewiston, the Girls out-stroked Lewiston. The Eagles were led by the performances of Abbey Morgan, Nicole Labbay, Mackenzie Dufresne, and Cassandra Hardee to win the 400 Free Relay. Cassandra also won the 100 Free and was second in the 200 Free. Mackenzie Dufresne won the 100 Breast and a third in the technically difficult and physically exhausting 100 IM. Freshman Laura Secone created an immediate splash when she won the 500 and finished 2nd in the 200 IM. Freshman Maddy Wade worked both ends of the spectrum with a 2nd place finish in the 50 and a 3rd place in the 500 Free. Abbey Morgan was the bridesmaid (2nd place) in both the 100 Free and the 100 Breast. Kristin Sullivan had a strong 2nd place finish in the 100 Back followed by Emma Hutchinson in third. Kristen also touched out in 4th place in the IM and Emma finished third in the 200 Free. Kaitlin Volk finished 3rd in the 50 Free and 5th in the 100 Free. Nicole Labbay was 4th in both the 50 Free and the 100 Breast. Other point scorers were Brittani Littleford (5th) in the 200 Free and Kayleigh Ormsby (5th) in the 500. It's early in the season so look for many of the new swimmers to emerge in upcoming meets.
The Boys are small in numbers, but large in spirit. Ben Wade picked p second place finishes in both the 200 IM and 100 Back. Newbie Elliot Pressman had an impressive debut with a 2nd place finish in the 500 Free and a 4th in the 200 Free. Josh Ferguson had a strong 200 IM race with a third place finish and he followed up even better in the 100 Free with a 2nd place finish. Eric Knight finished 3rd in the 100 Back and 6th in the 100 Free. Jake Schoenberg was 4th in both the 200 Free and 100 Breast. Griffin Stockford survived the 100 Breast to finish 5th and Matthew Schott finished 5th in the 200 and 6th in the 100.
William Ferguson, Edwin Ickes-Coon, and Ryan Clark all got their toes wet and should improve over the course of the season.
Dec 6, 2013 - Eagles Drop Season Opener 45-31 to Messalonskee
The Eagles dropped the season open to a talented, experienced, senior-laden Messalonskee team. The final score does not reflect all the positives that the Eagles can take away from this game. The Eagles were very much in this game through the first half and into the third quarter until Lindsey Cornelison got into foul trouble and had to sit.
You might think that, in the opening game, both teams might be playing a little conservatively trying to get rid of any pre-game jitters. Not so in this game. Both teams came out running and gunning. Both teams were getting quality shots, but the basketball gods must have been in disagreement with the upbeat tempo so early in the game as neither teams' shots were falling with regularity. Lindsey Cornelison got the Eagles out to a 2-0 lead with a 10-foot swisher. Messalonskee immediately responded with a bucket within 10 seconds. Then the Eagles set up Caitlin LaFountain for an isolation and Caitlin undressed her defender with a twisting, spinning drive to put the Eagles up 4-2. Lindsey Cornelison returned to the scene of the crime and swished a 12-foot, baseline jumper to make it a four point lead with just two minutes played. Things slowed down (they had to) and Messalonskee scored a couple of baskets and free throws to take a 8-6 lead with 3:46 left. Both teams continued to run the floor well, and there were plenty of open looks for both teams, but the shots were not falling.
In the second quarter, Lindsey continued to have the hot hand as she threw up a 16-foot baseline jumper - Swish - to tie the game. Nikki Bradstreet made a nice lateral move and pulled up for a stop-and-pop from the foul line. Bang, the Eagles took the lead 10-8. With 2:37 left, Messalonskee's Sophie Holmes scored on a lay up, but Nikki Bradstreet immediately followed with a bucket to restore the Eagles lead 12-10. Messalonskee tied it up with 1:50 left and then converted a three-pointer the old-fashioned way that gave them 15-12 lead. Sara Lamb tossed up a bomb from half-court that nearly tied the game, but clanged off the rim.
Messalonskee nailed a three to open the second half. Alison Melcher responded with a put back after a Lindsey Cornelison steal and nice inside bounce pass to set up Alison. On the next possession, Caitlin LaFountain stuffed a Messalonskee shot that seemed to fire up the Eagles. But Lindsey Cornelison was in foul trouble and had to sit out. Messalonskee continued their aggressive play and nice inside passing to reel off 11 straight points and extend the Messalonskee lead to 29-14 before Lindsey returned and hit another mid-range jumper to end the 3rd quarter with the Eagles trailing 29-16. Play was physical underneath and there seemed to be a higher than usual number of jump balls, mostly initiated by Messalonskee's superior strength and aggressiveness.
Lindsey Cornelison hit a pair of free throws and tossed in another foul line jumper. Caitlin LaFountain added 7 points including a three-pointer, but Messalonskee continued to run their offense and play solid defense. In the closing minute freshman Lauren Labbay calmly hit two foul shots for her first official varsity points and Libby Davis came as advertised when she powered her way for a nice driving lay-up to end the game.
Lindsey Cornelison led the Eagles with 12 points and Caitlin LaFountain added 9.
Nov 29, 2013- Eagles Capture First Win (Evah!) 11-1
The Eagles had long anticipated this day and, when it happened, it seemed almost anti-climatic. But it sure felt good to be on the right end of an 11-1 score over the Portland - Deering RamDogs. It was the first win ever and it came in in the second season of Varsity play. It provided a nice reward for all the early morning practices and hard work the Girls have put forth.
After the opening face-off, the Eagles threatened when Kayla Richardson sent a nice centering pass onto the stick of Carly Raymond. Carly couldn't quite handle the pass but both players were in the right place at the right time and made the right moves. It was a harbinger of what was to come. Freshman Kiely Hetherington made a nice rink-long rush that showcased her puck-handling skills. Portland actually got the first shot on net just two minutes in, but then the Eagles took over. Devon Hutchins broke in, circled her defender, and tried to stuff it from close range. The puck bounced all the way to the point where Bailey Sullivan fired a low, hard shot on net. The RamDogs' goalie made the initial save, but Kayla Richardson picked up the rebound and poked the puck into a wide-open net. Portland had another chance when the puck skipped over an Eagle stick in front, but Alison Nolan alertly cleared the puck away before a Portland player could take a swipe at it.
At the 8:21 mark, Kayla Richardson stole the puck at the face-off circle, waltzed in, and fired near-side to make it 2-0. Sam Hamilton had a good opportunity when she stole the puck and fired, only to watch her shot trickle off the goalie's pads just wide. At 4:41, Sam Hamilton was involved in the next goal. Nellie Hetherington fired from the point and Sam provided a moving screen in front of the goalie as Nellie's shot whistled over her shoulder. The Eagles led 3-0. The Eagles kept the pressure on. Kayla Richardson and Devon Hutchins just missed connecting. Nellie Hetherington followed with a shot that rang off the post. With 2-1/2 minutes remaining, the Eagles opened the floodgates with three quick goals. Nellie Hetherington's shot off a Isabel Burch pass found the near side to make it 4-0. Devon Hutchins scored two goals in 40 seconds. First, she converted a Kayla pass; then she pounced on a Carly Raymond pass to make it 6-0 as time ran out in the first period.
In the second period, Coach Hutchins started giving regular turns to the all the bench players. Danielle Krause took advantage of the additional ice time as she scored her first varsity goal off a Natalie Burch feed. At 12:36, Portland had a breakaway. Not a problem as Alison Nolan stonewalled the attacker and calmly steered the shot away. Moments later, Natalie Burch used the brute force method to power the puck
throughpast the goalie. Kylie Hetherington picked up an assist on the play. At 5:52, Portland's Lauren MacIntyre scored on a screen shot to make it 8-1. Devon Hutchins and Carly Raymond hooked up to put the Eagles ahead 9-1 at the end of two periods.
The Eagles continued to rollout their full roster as they picked up valuable playing experience. Carly Raymond added a couple of goals to close out the scoring. First, she scored on a wrist shot with Devon Hutchins picking up an assist. Then she collected a rebound and masterfully slipped a backhander past the goalie just inside the far post. The mercy rule was in effect, and the game sped to a conclusion, but the Eagles get to savor their first victory for the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend.