Despite the adolescent makeup of the Boothbay Region High School field hockey team, the Seahawks played well for most of their game against the seasoned St. Dom’s Saints in the quarterfinal round of the Class C South playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
With about 15 minutes to play, sixth-seeded Boothbay trailed by only one goal, 3-2, to the third-seeded Saints. However, the Saints went on to score four more goals to win 7-3 and moved on to play Oak Hill in the semifinal game.
Besides the team’s youth, Boothbay started the game down one player and lost freshman Mara Gentry to a hand injury less than 10 minutes into the 30-minute first half.
According to Seahawks Coach Donna Jordan, “St. Dom’s removed one player following Mara’s injury and played with nine field players plus their keeper, 10 players on the field against our nine… Our girls were impressive as they continually demonstrated their persistence and perseverance playing the game and playing it very well.”
Jordan also pointed out that before junior Kylie Brown’s season-ending foot injury, the team had three seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen. Then after Brown went down, the team also lost a sophomore who started her driver’s education program. Boothbay played most of its games this season down one player and with no bench players.
Senior Chloe Arsenault, the team’s leading scorer, once again showed why she is one of the top players in the Mountain Valley Conference as she scored all three of the Seahawks’ goals against St. Dom’s.
St. Dom’s got three goals from Julianne Cook and one each from Anna Cote, Lorelei Bonney, Isabella Pelletier and Mia-Angelina Leslie.
Seahawk sophomore goalie Jaelyn Crocker made 10 saves.
Boothbay finishes the season at 5-10 and St. Dom’s improved to 10-5.