Spring Sports Preview

May 4, 2017

Messalonskee’s run of dominance in the girls’ sports realm continues this spring as the lacrosse team, coming off a state championship last year, notched its fourth victory in four games to start the season Tuesday night.

Based on those initial results, the Eagles appear capable of successfully defending their state title, which would give Messalonskee its second championship this year in girls sports – the girls’ basketball team notched its first-ever state crown in February to culminate an undefeated season.

Four members of that basketball squad play for the lacrosse team, and their hunger for championships remains just as strong. “The girls coming off the basketball championship are amped up and ready to win another one,” first-year head coach Crystal Leavitt said.

Sophie Holmes, Ally Turner, Lydia Dexter, and Katie Seekins are the lacrosse players who recently won the gold ball in basketball. But the scary truth about the Messalonskee lacrosse team – at least scary for opponents – is that the Eagles have quality players right through their lineup.

“I have 21 on the team,” Leavitt said, “and everyone has played in every game this season. Everyone is just very good, so if I say, ‘Hey, I need you to play this position,’ we switch.”

So far the Eagles have outscored their opponents 72-23 and have yet to surrender more than eight goals in a game. Leavitt said her team’s mentality, despite its success, is focused not on celebrating victories but on making every effort to improve as a complete team. “The girls just want to work hard,” she said. “They play well together, and they help each other.”

Of course, the Messalonskee girls’ lacrosse team is not the only squad in action this spring.

The boys’ lacrosse team, which evened its record at 2-2 with a 14-11 triumph against Mt. Ararat last week, should be competitive once again.

In track and field, Messalonskee features strong teams on both the boys’ and girls’ side. The boys are the defending KVAC outdoor champions, while the girls are coming off an indoor track conference title.

The baseball team currently has a 2-2 record, but the Eagles have been competitive in every one of their games and look to be a playoff contender.

As for softball, the season has proved challenging thus far with Messalonskee losing three of its first four games. But this is an Eagles team that has been a postseason constant in recent years, reaching the Class A North semifinals last spring.

Finally, the news is encouraging for the girls’ tennis team given that more than 20 students turned out to participate this season.