Skowhegan wins 8th straight field hockey championship

Posted Nov. 01, 2008, at 6:51 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Skowhegan, York and North Yarmouth Academy all were crowned field hockey state champions in a Saturday tripleheader at the Weatherbee Athletic Complex.

While classes B and C offered firsts, the Class A game was anything but as the Skowhegan Indians won their eighth straight state title with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Scarborough.

Defeat turned into victory in a 10-second span as Skowhegan’s Makayla Hancock put herself in front of an open goal net, blocked a shot and then passed the ball to triplet sister Mallory Hancock, who raced upfield on a breakaway and scored with 5:40 left in the second overtime to give the 17-1 Indians their 11th state title overall. The Red Storm finished 16-2.

In Class B, the York Wildcats won their first state crown in five attempts with a 1-0 win over Nokomis of Newport in the final game of the session.

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The only goal came off the stick of junior Ali Graziano 6 minutes and 43 seconds into the first half. Wildcats goalie Chelsea Hutchings made one save on two Nokomis shots.

York winds up 14-3-1 and the Warriors finish 14-2-2.

In Class C, North Yarmouth Academy edged Dexter 2-1 and became the first team to beat a Margaret Veazie-coached team in a state championship field hockey game.

Frances Leslie’s breakaway goal with 1:40 left in overtime gave the NYA Panthers the win.

Kylie Dalbec scored the first goal for the 16-2 Panthers, who won the program’s first state crown since 1994.

The loss was Dexter’s first of the season. The Tigers wind up 17-1.

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