By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — Everything fell into place for the Fryeburg Academy field hockey team last week. The Raiders saluted their seniors in style on Oct. 14 with a thrilling 2-1 home victory over visiting rival Lake Region and clinched the No. 3 seed for the Class B South playoffs.
Twenty-four hours after beating the Lakers, FA closed the book on the regular season with a 6-2 win over St. Dominic Academy (10-4) in Auburn, Maine.
Dede Frost’s troops at 9-4-1 will host Yarmouth (6-7), the No. 6 seeds, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Class B South quarterfinals.
Fryeburg beat Yarmouth 5-0 at home on Oct. 1 behind three goals from Abigail Hewes and a pair by Maggie Powers while outshooting the Clippers 12-0.
A win Wednesday will advance the Raiders to the South semifinals on Saturday (time to be determined). Fryeburg would meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Freeport (9-3-2) and No. 7 Leavitt (8-6), which are scheduled to play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Freeport.
in the other half of the playoff bracket, No. 1 York (14-0) is scheduled to host No. 8 Poland (6-7) on Tuesday at 4 p.m., and No. 4 Lake Region (9-4-1) hosts No. 5 Cape Elizabeth (7-7) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Class B South Finals are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Sanford High School in Sanford, Maine.
The Raiders bid farewell to their seniors with flowers and family photos at midfield in Fryeburg on Oct. 14. The team then went out and defeated Lake Region to avenge an overtime loss to the Lakers earlier this season.
Seniors Abigail Hewes, Ryan Duffy, Katie Flynn, Bridget O’Neil, Sarah Foster, Kirsten Wentworth, Kyra French and Kaylee Emery were recognized before the game by AD Susan Thurston and Coach Frost. The introductions were announced by team manager Hope Duffy. Congratulations seniors and thank you for representing your school and your community with class.
The game was a defensive battle through the first half, and into the second half, when suddenly Camden Jones and Eliza Thorne burst out of the dark, and into the sunlight dribbling the ball, as Coach Frost had instructed. They bumped the ball with their sticks the length of the field and in on Lake Region goalie Kelsey Gerry. The capacity Senior Day crowd rose to there feet, as the two Raiders neared the goal. Thorne made one final pass to Jones, who rang the board at the back of the Lake Region cage. The Raiders had a 1-0 lead.
The Lakers tied the score on a penalty stroke that was awarded when a Laker shot, which was headed for the goal when it hit the foot of a Raider player. The stroke tied the game at 1-1, and it looked as if the teams were headed for overtime for the second time in as many games.
The Raiders, however, had designs on this victory. They pressured once again using Coach Frost’s plan and were awarded a penalty corner. Wentworth
Wentworth sent a pass toward Duffy, who sent a laser off the board for the Raider win. The crowd arose and erupted as the tense atmosphere was broken with applause for the victorious Raiders.