Boothbay Region High School forward Sydney Meader, who shattered her own single season scoring record this fall, and Messalonskee High School midfielder Haley Lowell, who led the Eagles to another Class A North championship game appearance, are the finalists for the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award.
The Miss Maine Field Hockey Award goes to the state’s top senior and the winner will be announced at a banquet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Augusta Civic Center.
Meader, who will play at the University of Maine in the fall, had set the school mark with 24 goals in 2016 but scored 35 this past fall to go with two assists.
She concluded her exceptional career with a school-record 83 goals along with 17 assists.
Meader led her third-seeded Seahawks to a 13-3 season as they reached the Class C North semifinals where they were beaten by second seed Dexter 4-2.
She is a three-time Maine Field Hockey Association All-State selection and a four-time All-Mountain Valley Conference selection, earning first-team honors the last two seasons after being a second-team choice her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Meader, who plays her club field hockey for Orono-based Black Bear Elite, is a three-time team Most Valuable Player.
“Sydney has a knack for scoring,” said Boothbay Region field hockey and girls lacrosse coach Donna Jordan in an earlier BDN article. “She has a good arsenal of shots. She knows when she needs to lift the ball and also when she needs to get a hard shot off. She also has great speed and she has really brought an aerial game to our team that we didn’t have before. When you can flip a ball 25 to 30 yards downfield, it is a much quicker way to advance the ball.”
Lowell had seven goals, three assists and a defensive save for the Eagles, who wound up 14-3 after reaching the Class A North final where they were upended by 17-time regional champ Skowhegan 3-1. She helped lead them to three straight regional finals.
She is a four-time All-State selection and Class A All-Conference first-team choice and she was an AAU Under-16 Junior Olympic selection in 2015. She plays her club field hockey for the Waterville-based Maine Majestix.
Lowell will play at Boston University in the fall.
Messalonskee coach Katie McLaughlin, in an earlier BDN story, called Lowell a “coach’s dream.
“She sees the field as well as any player I’ve ever coached. She orchestrates the entire team. Thanks to her, we have great ball movement, whether it be from left to right or from offense to defense.”
The Maine Field Hockey Association also announced the all-state teams and Hall-of-Fame inductees.
Entering the Hall of Fame will be retired Biddeford field hockey coach Madeline Goulet, former Gardiner High School and University of Maine standout Lisa Densmore and the seniors from the 2003 Dexter High School field hockey team who compiled a 71-0-1 record and led the Tigers to four Class C state championships.
Goulet compiled a 142-88-11 record over 16 seasons and led the Tigers to their only state championship in 1990 in Class A.
Densmore was a two-time All-State player at Gardiner and guided the Tigers to a 60-11-1 record in her four seasons. She set career goals and points and single season scoring records during her time at Gardiner.
She went on to play at UMaine and was a captain her senior year.
The MFHA also named Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield’s Sarah Welch the recipient of the Steph Lunt 12th Player Award; tabbed longtime Maine Majestix coach and administrator Amy Bernatchez for the Distinguished Service Award and named WABI TV-5 sports anchors Tim Throckmorton and Eric Gullickson Media Award recipients.
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