ORONO — John Bapst of Bangor sophomore midfielder Elise Tilton is a game-changer.
Tilton put on a dazzling exhibition in an Eastern Maine Class B field hockey quarterfinal against Camden Hills on Tuesday afternoon. She scored a goal, set up another one and made several key interceptions and field-length dashes to lead the second-seeded Crusaders past the Windjammers 3-2 at the University of Maine’s artificial turf field.
Second-seeded John Bapst, 13-2, will host No. 3 Nokomis of Newport, 12-2, in Saturday’s 3 p.m. semifinal at UMaine.
Seventh seed Camden Hills, playing its first game on artificial turf, wound up 6-8.
“(Tilton) is really good. She can dodge anyone,” said Camden Hills back Morgan Farley.
“We struggled to contain her,” said CH coach Jan Holmes-Jackson.
The Crusaders built a 2-0 lead on first-half goals by Emily Tilton, Elise’s older sister, and Marissa Rublee, but the resilient Windjammers tied it later in the half on goals 6:23 apart by Alice Flint and Isabella Benzie.
Elise Tilton scored the game-winner 1:33 after Benzie tied it.
“I got a pass from my sister and I just dribbled it in (to the circle). I was open, they were (covering) my teammates, so I took (the shot) myself,” said Tilton.
Tilton had used her speed to create separation and had time to look up and drill a low hard shot inside the far post past Camden Hills goalie Sarah Nason, who had no chance on it.
“She’s phenomenal,” said John Bapst coach Gina Schuck.
After a free-wheeling and evenly played first half in which the two teams combined for 19 shots at goal, the Crusaders took control of the game in the second half, holding the Windjammers without a shot attempt while generating 11 themselves.
“Our ball control was better in the second half,” said John Bapst senior back Brianne Robertson. “We passed the ball more.”
“We didn’t hold on to the ball as long in the second half, so we didn’t have as much opportunity to lose it,” said Schuck. “I told them to find somebody open, keep the ball moving and control it.”
Elise Tilton had a golden opportunity to score an insurance goal with 5:20 left after working a nifty give-and-go with her sister, but Camden Hills back Hayley Aydelotte alertly saved the shot and cleared it away.
Emily Tilton opened the scoring with a well-placed low bullet off a penalty corner. Robertson took the corner, and Madeline Branch set it up for Tilton.
Rublee scored 10 minutes later after Elise Tilton intercepted a Windjammer clear, burst into the circle and made a short diagonal pass over to her for a shot to the near post.
CH got one back when Taylor Porter’s pass across the goalmouth was swept home by Flint, who freed herself in the middle of the circle.
Benzie tied it when she beat John Bapst goalie Aubrey Stanislowski from the circle off a Kayla Hart feed.
Stanislowski made five saves on eight shots while Nason had three stops on 22 shots.