Two weeks ago, Edward Little field hockey coach Greg Perkins figured his squad needed a near-perfect finish to even have a chance at the playoffs.

A win and a tie over teams above them in the standings and a resounding win over rival Lewiston gave the Eddies the finish they needed. They live to play at least one more game this fall.

“It looks like we snuck in there with a couple of wins and that tie with Oxford Hills,” Perkins said.

Skowhegan ran the table in Eastern Class A and will be the region’s top seed — again. The Indians are the eight-time defending state champions. Messalonskee’s lone loss this year came to Skowhegan, a 4-0 setback early in the campaign, and if the seeds hold, the Eagles will host EL Friday night in the quarterfinal round.

The Eddies fell to the Eagles twice during the regular season by a combined three goals.

“It’s good to know that we were at least able to stay with them this year,” Perkins said. “It’s been a tight year all around, too, with Morse and Brunswick and Lawrence and Brewer and Mt. Ararat all in there with so many close games. It just mattered who was playing well when two teams met.”

After a blazing start to the year, Oxford Hills cooled down a bit, limping to a 1-4-3 finish, including season-ending 1-1 ties with Brewer, Lewiston and Edward Little.

“We always seem to be competitive with them, no matter when we play them,” Perkins said. “We’re always evenly matched, and both of our games this year went into overtime, too.”

The Vikings earned plenty of points to still qualify for the playoffs, unofficially finishing in sixth place, which would earn for the Vikings a showdown with Bangor.

Class C

Telstar’s still perfect, but the Rebels won’t go into the Western Class C tournament as the top seed after unbeaten North Yarmouth Academy passed them in the final days of the regular season.

The Rebels swept through one of the toughest schedules, top to bottom, with relative ease, allowing only three goals on the season, while racking up an astounding 73. The team, Wight said, is much more proud of that first number.

“You can score all the goals you want, but if the other team scores just as many, that doesn’t do you much good,” Telstar coach Gail Wight said in an interview earlier this season. “You’re only as good as your defense is.”

NYA, meanwhile, played a few more Class B teams in the Western Maine Conference, which ultimately led to more Heal Points — barely. The final numbers have NYA ahead of Telstar by less then two points.

With the regional championship game at a neutral site this season, there is a bit more hope for whichever teams make it through the tourney. But the neutral site is at Scarborough, where a recently-installed turf field will favor the Panthers, who play on turf all season.

Making it out of Western C won’t be that easy, though. Livermore Falls, the No. 3 seed, and No. 5 Jay, last year a regional finalist, loom for the Rebels and Panthers, respectively.

Dirigo also crept into the playoffs in Western C, earning the eighth seed and a date with NYA in the first round.

Over in Eastern Class C, 13 wasn’t enough for the Winthrop Ramblers.

Stuck on nine wins for each of the last four years, the Ramblers broke out with a 13-1 record this season, losing only to unbeaten Telstar in MVC competition. All that did was earn for Winthrop the No. 2 seed in the Eastern C playoffs. An 11-win team from Dexter jumped the Ramblers in the standings, with another 11-game winner, Foxcroft, a close third.

Winthrop’s first opponent in the playoffs will be 6-7-1 Orono, with a home game against Foxcroft looming in the regional semifinal round should the Ramblers dispose of the Riots.

Class B

The Gray-New Gloucester Patriots, who compiled a winning campaign for the first time in recent memory, eked into the playoffs this season. The Patriots finished in eighth and final qualifying position, one back of Mountain Valley.

The Falcons will draw Wells in the quarterfinal round, while Gray-NG will travel to top-seeded York.

Further up the food chain in Western B are the Leavitt Hornets, who punctuated the season with a critical 1-0 victory over rival Maranacook. After a late-season win over Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth appears to have jumped the Hornets into fourth place. The Heal Points had not been finalized late Monday.


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