ORONO — Despite returning just two seniors from the only field hockey team from Skowhegan not to end its season with a state championship in nine years, motivation was not a problem for the Indians this season.
That was evident in Saturday afternoon’s Class A state championship game against Cheverus of Portland as the Indians hit the artificial Morse Field turf at the University of Maine sprinting and never let up en route to a 3-0 victory — their 15th shutout of the season.
The 18-0 Indians were led by junior forward Jessica Skillings, who scored two goals. Haley Holt scored the other goal and Anne-Marie Provencal notched the shutout with three saves on three shots.
Sarah Finnemore and Nicole Sevey each had an assist for the Indians, who have now won nine state titles in the last 10 years.
Cynthia Clark had five saves on nine shots for the 13-5 Cheverus Stags.
Despite having one of her youngest squads in recent years with two freshman starters, coach Paula Doughty said her squad has never lacked intensity.
“You don’t have to get these guys motivated,” said Doughty. “And there’s no drama on this team, and there’s always drama.”
The Indians gave up just three goals all season.
“They’ve surprised us right from the beginning,” said assistant coach Tammie Veinotte.