Hawks Book Semifinal Rematch with Thornton

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CAPTION  Marshwood’s Reagan Nichols, right, looks for a opening in the South Portland defense. [Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com]

 CAPTION Marshwood High School’s Marin Smith, left, drives the ball past South Portland’s Madi Cyr during Wednesday’s Class A South quarterfinal game in South Berwick, Maine. Smith scored six goals in the Hawks’ 15-4 win. Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com

CAPTION Marshwood’s Paige Singer, left, protects the ball from South Portland’s Paige Fleming during Wednesday’s Class A South quarterfinal game in South Berwick, Maine. [Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com]

CAPTION Marshwood’s Abby Rowe, right, looks for a open teammate during Wednesday’s quarterfinal game. [Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com]

CAPTION Marshwood’s Reagan Nichols, right, looks for a opening in the South Portland defense. [Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com]

CAPTION Marshwood High School’s Marin Smith, left, drives the ball past South Portland’s Madi Cyr during Wednesday’s Class A South quarterfinal game in South Berwick, Maine. Smith scored six goals in the Hawks’ 15-4 win. Shawn St. Hilaire/Fosters.com

By Josh Seguin / sports@fosters.com  June 7, 2017

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — With a two-goal lead nearing the end of the first half, the Marshwood High School girls lacrosse team was mired in a closer game than it probably expected in its Class A South quarterfinal with South Portland. It was struggling to get breathing room on the Red Riots.

The distance finally came in the last two minutes of the half, as the Hawks went on a scoring barrage and upped their lead to six goals. From there, No. 2 Marshwood cruised to a 15-4 victory over No. 7 South Portland (5-8).

“We started to work together and got our passing sequences together,” said Marshwood junior Marin Smith. “When we played our lacrosse, passed and moved it, we are able to get some distance between us and them.”

The Hawks (10-3) advance to the Class A south semifinals and will host No. 3 Thornton (10-3) on Saturday (1 p.m.). Marshwood defeated the Golden Trojans, 7-5, a week ago.

“Thornton will be tough,” said Marshwood coach Bernie Marvin. “They are very athletic and well coached. Over the last five years, it has been a one or two goal game either way. We played them last week, which will make it tougher.”

As the first half approached a close, Marshwood held a 5-3 lead but were beginning to press looking for breathing room. Smith scored with 1:54 left, giving the Hawks a 6-3 lead.

“We were standing around a bit,” said Marvin. “They called a timeout after our sixth goal and that gave us a chance to talk about our need to get our feet moving and play our game. The girls played outstanding after that.”

Olivia Melton upped the lead to 7-3 a minute later, and 28 seconds after that, Smith weaved in front of the goal and scored off a bounce making it 8-3. With five seconds left, Luci Albers scored on a transition give-and-go with Smith to give the Hawks a 9-3 lead.

The run continued into the second, as Marshwood scored the first four goals and built a 13-3 advantage. South Portland scored its first goal in 20 minutes of playing time, off the stick of Paige Felming, to cut the Hawk lead to 13-4 at 15:01 of the second.

“We struggled holding onto the ball,” said South Portland coach Leslie Dyer. “(Marshwood) is the only team in our league that plays with a seven-man zone and we struggled getting into the eight.”

Marshwood is without key player, Hannah Costin, who was recently dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.

“She has been off the team for four games,” said Marvin. “A lot of girls have stepped up, showing poise and leadership in roles they haven’t normally had.”

Smith scored the last two goals. She led all scorers with six. Luci Albers had four, while Paige Singer and Olivia Melton each had a pair. Singer chipped in with eight ground balls and Albers added another seven. Reagan Nichols and Smith had three helpers.

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