May 20, 2018
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Finnemore, Bernatchez, Tilton, Ward named Miss Maine field hockey finalists

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
John Bapst Memorial High School’s Elise Tilton (left) and Foxcroft Academy’s Emily Higgins battle for the ball during a high school field hockey game in September. Tilton is one of four finalists for the Miss Maine field hockey award.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Midfielder Sarah Finnemore, who led Skowhegan High School to its 11th state Class A championship in 12 years, and Messalonskee 44-goal scorer Kristy Bernatchez were joined by dynamic John Bapst midfielder Elise Tilton and Belfast standout goalkeeper Julia Ward as the Miss Maine Field Hockey finalists.

The Maine Field Hockey Association announced the finalists for the state’s best senior player on Monday.

The winner will be named at the association’s annual banquet at the Augusta Civic Center at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Augusta Civic Center.

The influential Finnemore controlled the midfield and capped a brilliant career by scoring twice in Skowhegan’s 3-0 win over Scarborough in Saturday’s state Class A final.

It was Skowhegan’s 53rd straight win and the Indians beat a Scarborough team that previously hadn’t been scored upon this season.

Finnemore will attend Harvard University in the fall.

Bernatchez’s 44 goals set a Maine state single-season record as she led her Eagles of Oakland to a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A final.

Bernatchez, who has speed, skill and a booming shot, was the only player to score against Skowhegan this season: in a 3-1 regular season loss and a 2-1 setback in the EM final.

Bernatchez will attend the University of North Carolina.

Tilton scored 26 goals despite being heavily marked by opponents. She also dished out six assists.

The unselfish Tilton is lightning-quick and has exceptional stick skills. She is more of a playmaker and was instrumental in sister Emily Tilton’s school-record 36 goals a year ago.

Elise Tilton, who will attend the University of Pennsylvania, had 23 goals and 19 assists her junior year and most of those assists were on her sister’s goals.

Ward led the Lions to a state Class B championship a year ago and the Eastern Maine title this season.

The Lions were edged by Leavitt of Turner 1-0 in the state game last Saturday.

Belfast allowed only 16 goals in 18 games behind Ward’s agility and outstanding positioning.

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