YARMOUTH — The Skowhegan field hockey juggernaut continues — even amid conditions more conducive to ice hockey.
Not a Marshwood of South Berwick team making its first state final appearance nor temperatures in the mid-30s and a trick-or-treat pre-Halloween snowstorm could prevent the
Indians from winning their 10th Class A championship in the last 11 years Saturday.
Goals by Sarah Finnemore, Allison Lancaster and Makaela Michonski six minutes apart midway through the first half staked the Indians to an early lead, and Skowhegan went on to overcome the accumulating snow and overwhelm the Hawks 5-0.
“I played in the snow once before, and it’s not that much fun,” said Skowhegan senior forward Jessica Skillings. “It was last winter and I was practicing for my club team. This was not that much fun.
“It makes the ball move slower because of the snow and it’s harder to run because you slip.”
The title was the second straight for Skowhegan and the victory stretched the Indians’ winning streak to 36 consecutive matches since losing to Scarborough in the 2009 state final, also played at Yarmouth High School.
Lancaster and Michonski each scored twice for a Skowhegan team that outscored its opposition 113-10 during its 18 regular-season and tournament victories this season.
Skillings added two assists on penalty corners for the Indians, while Sarah Finnemore had a goal and an assist and Nicole Sevey had one assist.
The Skowhegan defense didn’t allow Marshwood a shot on goalie Anne-Marie Provencal or even a single penalty corner.
“We played well today,” said Skillings. “We came out with high intensity. We wanted to score in the first half and we got it done.”
Finnemore scored on a long blast off a penalty corner feed from Skillings with 14:26 left in the first half, then Skillings and Finnemore set up Lancaster for her first goal on a similar play three minutes later.
“That tends to be the way with kids,” said longtime Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty. “You get that first one and then you relax and get in your groove. It’s getting the first one that’s hard.”
Then with 8:34 left in the half, Michonski was perched at the far post to redirect a pass from the opposite side of the circle to give Skowhegan a sudden three-goal cushion.
Lancaster scored her second goal less than four minutes into the second half amid conditions that soon prompted game officials to switch from white game balls to orange balls so players could see their target as snow began to amass on the artificial surface.
Skowhegan finished with advantages of 12-0 in shots and a 15-0 in corners. Jacquelyn Tworkowski made eight saves in goal for 14-4 Marshwood.
MADORE GOAL BEATS WINTHROP
At Yarmouth, Olivia Madore scored on a tip-in during the second round of the first set of penalty corners to lift North Yarmouth Academy to a 1-0 victory over Winthrop in the Class C final.
The state title was the second straight and third in four years for the 14-4 Panthers. Winthrop, seeking its first crown since 1989, finished 13-3-2.
“We knew they had a good defense,” said Madore of Winthrop. “We knew we had a good defense, too, and a good offense. We just had to make sure we played both.”
The game-winning penalty corner began with the ball being passed out to NYA’s Jen Brown.
Brown’s shot was blocked, but Kayla Rose regained possession and shot again. This time Madore was able to tip the ball past Winthrop goalie Alyssa Arsenault into the cage.
Winthrop had a chance to respond, but NYA’s Katie Millett blocked a shot by the Ramblers’ Shauna Carlson near the top of the circle, then cleared the ball out of the defensive zone to end the match.
Winthrop enjoyed a 13-0 advantage in penalty corners during regulation time behind Carlson, Lauren Kaiser and Rachel Ingram as well as a strong defensive effort against Millett — who had scored 58 goals during the last two seasons — led by junior mid Jessica Scott.
“We took some really good shots,” said Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton, “but they didn’t quite go in.”
NYA had better opportunities during the two overtimes preceding the penalty corners, and finished with an 10-6 edge in shots while Winthrop had a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
NYA goalie Elizabeth Coughlin made six saves, while Arsenault had four saves for Winthrop.