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Falcon lacrosse girls' bow out in quarterfinals
RUMFORD -- It required a collective effort by every player in order for the Mountain Valley girls' lacrosse team to return to the playoffs. This panned out, however, the Lady Falcons venture in to the second season ended prematurely.
There was certainly plenty of action and Ayla Allen led the offense with five goals, but it wasn't enough firepower as the Falcons came up short by 9-7 against Gardiner in a Class B East quarterfinal.
Mountain Valley had earned a home game, but it was played a day earlier at Kent Hill in Readfield. The Falcons finish their season at 4-9.
Besides Allen scoring, Chelsea Bordeau and junior Jessica Theriault each had a goal. Sophomore wing Kayla Pingree added an assist, but that proved to be all the offense they could muster against the Tiger defense and goalie Madison Cutler (seven saves).
On the other end, the MV defense was tested with sophomore goalie Jordan True saving 10. Defenders Abby Day, Alexa Fryover, Rebecca Maifeld and Makayla White were swarmed by Gardiner's offense, led by Paige Pillsbury with five goals. The Tigers' Julia Wainwright, Julie Krouse, Ricki Bryant and Brooke Curtis scored one goal each.
First-year head coach Kristen Provencher had returned an experienced group of senior letter winners, led by center Ayla Allen, who had scored 207 goals during the previous three seasons. Other attackers included Ari Glover, Emily Gallant (hardest shot on team, wing) and Whitney Ruff (attack wing/defensive wing) and Theriault, attacks.
One goal that Provencher had was to develop a more balanced offense in order to be less predictable to our opponents, to maximize the players' confidence by increasing skill and knowledge of the game, and to foster a healthy environment with open communication.
That balance didn't materialize in a 21-8 season-opening loss to Lewiston. Allen scored seven of the Falcons eight goals, with runs up the middle to split the Blue Devils defense. But the Falcons proved to be a balanced offensive effort in a final home game. Allen scored eight goals and Bordeau added six, however, Gallant had a hat trick, while Zayra Simard, Katie Puiia and Ruff each scored in a 21-11 triumph against Camden Hills. Participants include freshmen Lori Brown (attack), Kayla Drapeau (D) and Carita DeTellis (attack).