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Cougar stickers blitz Boothbay, 9-0
DIXFIELD -- It took a few minutes, but when the Dirigo field hockey team eventually shook off the cobwebs, it was all business.
Britney LaPointe and Kelsey Wilson each scored two goals and the Lady Cougars had their offense in rare form en route to a 9-0 win against Boothbay on the fast track at sunny Harlow Park.
Dirigo has several seniors and have high expectations, following six wins and then a victory in the playoffs.
"We came into this game with a positive attitude,'' said Wilson, who opened the scoring when the ball deflected off Boothbay goalie Erica Games 4:40 into the game ''We wanted to play our game and not play down to the level of our opponent.''
The Cougars' Haley Turner was set up on the left side and scored on a crossing pass from Wilson at 13 minutes. Turner had replaced LaPointe, who had reinjured a finger.
Dirigo was relentless in the offensive zone and it really paid off with three goals in the final three minutes of the first half. Rylee L'ltalien received a pass from Britney Ellis, who dodged a defender and shot in the cage. Kelsey Hutchins scored unassisted and with 31 seconds remaining, LaPointe converted a Brooke Holmquist pass.
''The team played a great game,” said Dirigo coach Gretchen Errington, after having beat St. Doms two days earlier. ''They were passing very well and it's nice seeing them playing well, dribble around defenders and finding out that things can be accomplished without having to get frustrated.”
The Dirigo players didn't let up in the second half and peppered the crease. Emma Leuders scored on a penalty stroke that hit the top left of the cage. Moments later, Wilson scored. Ellen "Lefty" Wainwright added a goal to complete the scoring.
“We worked together,” said Wainwright, who also had two assists. “Besides passing, we communicated with each other and it feels better that last year when we lost in overtime at Boothbay.''
Dirigo goalie Amanda Dolloff made two saves, with help from Megan Brann and Grace Hebert.