Kennebunk 11 Yarmouth 8

Y- 2 6- 8
Ok- 7 4- 11

First half
23:00 Y Walsh (Powers)
22:29 Ok Archer (Sliwkowski)
21:03 Ok Archer (Muse)
13:57 Ok Armentrout (Sliwkowski)
12:49 Ok Sliwkowski (unassisted)
10:21 Ok Muse (Sliwkowski)
4:45 Y Keaney (free place)
2:20 Ok Sliwkowski (free place)
1:09 Ok Battagliese (Armentrout)

Second half
23:18 Y Panozzo (Powers)
21:08 Ok Sliwkowski (unassisted)
18:05 Y Carnes (D’Appolonia)
13:26 Ok Sliwkowski (unassisted)
12:50 Y Carnes (Powers)
11:38 Ok Sliwkowski (unassisted)
8:25 Y D’Appolonia (Boone)
5:43 Ok Sliwkowski (unassisted)
4:59 Y Panozzo (Powers)
4:35 Y Panozzo (D’Appolonia)

Y- Panozzo 3, Carnes 2, D’Appolonia, Keaney, Walsh 1
Ok- Sliwkowski 6, Archer 2, Armentrout, Battagliese, Muse 1

Y- Powers 4, D’Appolonia 2, Boone 1
Ok- Sliwkowski 3, Armentrout, Muse 1

Attracts (Yarmouth, 13-8)
Y- Powers 13 of 21
Ok- Highbarger 8 of 21

Floor balls:
Y- 29
Ok- 22

Y- 13
Ok- 12

Y- 24
Ok- 18

Pictures on cage:
Y- 16
Ok- 14

Y (Meas) 3
Ok (Hayes) 6 (Hansen) 2

PORTLAND—There’s no query that Yarmouth’s ladies’ lacrosse workforce belongs in Class A.

The Clippers simply don’t have a solution fairly but for the perfect workforce.

The Kennebunk Rams.

Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium, Yarmouth, the reigning Class B state champion which moved up this spring, found the exhausting manner that you simply may be capable to maintain the Rams and their junior standout Ruby Sliwkowski at bay for stretches, however over 50 minutes, they’re merely unbeatable.

The Clippers, on the heels of a stirring regional event run, took an early lead on a purpose from senior Clancy Walsh, however Kennebunk obtained the subsequent 5, as Sliwkowski scored as soon as and added a pair of assists.

Sophomore Lauren Keaney obtained a purpose again for Yarmouth, however the Clippers couldn’t get any nearer as for the second time this spring, Rams junior goalie Lizzie Hayes stood tall, and Kennebunk took a 7-2 benefit to halftime.

Sliwkowski scored simply twice within the first half and he or she’d add 4 extra within the second half, however even down by 5 targets, Yarmouth refused to give up and even obtained as shut as three on sophomore Neena Panozzo’s third purpose, however the Rams had been capable of run out the clock and prevail, 11-8.

The Clippers had their 10-game win streak snapped and their positive season ended at 12-4, as Kennebunk completed 16-0, made it 32 straight victories and consecutive state championships.

“We’d have liked to have overwhelmed them, however I couldn’t be prouder,” stated longtime Yarmouth coach Dorothy Holt. “We got here within the underdog and we got here up just a bit bit brief.”

The 2 greatest

Kennebunk has clearly been the state’s high workforce all yr, profitable its 12 common season video games by a median of 11 targets, with its lowest margin of victory being 5 (on two events). The Rams then ousted No. 9 Gorham (16-3) within the quarterfinals, despatched No. 5 Cape Elizabeth packing within the semifinals (15-4), then dealt with No. 2 Massabesic (14-4) in Wednesday’s regional remaining.

Yarmouth, in the meantime, gained simply two of its first 5 outings (see sidebar for hyperlinks to earlier tales), as D’Appolonia returned to full well being from a shoulder harm suffered throughout basketball season. As soon as she hit one hundred pc, the Clippers had been unstoppable, profitable their remaining seven common season video games to leapfrog Falmouth within the standings, then rolling previous No. 9 Portland (15-3) within the quarterfinals and No. 5 Cheverus (20-10) within the semifinals, behind senior standout Katelyn D’Appolonia’s career-high/program-best 10 targets. In Wednesday’s regional remaining, Yarmouth ousted No. 2 Falmouth with shocking ease, 14-5.

The Clippers and Rams had performed seven earlier instances within the playoffs, with 5 of these conferences coming within the state remaining (see sidebar). Kennebunk gained the newest, a 5-4 upset victory over beforehand undefeated Yarmouth within the 2017 Class B Remaining.

The Clippers had been 8-10 all-time within the state recreation, whereas the Rams entered with a mark of 3-6 (see sidebar)

Within the groups’ common season assembly April 29, senior Sydney Dumas scored 4 instances and Sliwkowski added three targets for Kennebunk, which obtained 14 saves from Hayes.

Saturday, on a cold (64 levels) and blustery mid-June afternoon, Yarmouth got here in hoping to spring the upset, however the reigning champions refused to give up their crown.

The Clippers realized instantly that they’d need to win it with out D’Appolonia enjoying a serious position on offense, as Rams sophomore Calia Keenan face-guarded her and could be her shadow all through the afternoon.

“I wasn’t actually stunned as a result of I’ve been face-guarded all of the playoff video games to this point,” D’Appolonia stated. “(Keenan) was proper on me and face-guarded me rather well. I attempted to maintain transferring to get open, nevertheless it solely occurred as soon as in awhile. I feel it was a wise transfer to close me down, nevertheless it gave different gamers alternatives to step up they usually did which was big for us.”

“We knew we would have liked to do it,” stated longtime Kennebunk coach Annie Barker. “We don’t do it that always, however we knew how harmful she is.”

Simply two minutes in, sophomore star Aine Powers arrange Walsh to place Yarmouth on high, however that might be the Clippers’ highwater mark.

A mere 31 seconds later, Sliwkowski arrange junior Grace Archer, who carried out a rousing model of the nationwide anthem earlier than the sport, for a purpose to tie the rating.

Archer then scored once more with 21:03 left within the half, this time from sophomore Mara Muse, and the Rams had the lead for good.

After Hayes made her first save, on a shot from Keaney, Sliwkowski had an opportunity to increase the lead, however her free place shot hit the put up.

Clippers junior Sadie Carnes then had a shot saved by Hayes at one finish and on the different, Yarmouth senior goalie Juliet Meas robbed Sliwkowki.

With 13:57 to go earlier than halftime, Kennebunk obtained somewhat respiration room, as Sliwkowski discovered sophomore Ivy Armentrout for a 3-1 lead.

After Hayes robbed Keaney, Sliwkowski scored for the primary time, ending unassisted after a slick stop-and-start transfer with 12:49 on the clock.

Holt referred to as timeout, nevertheless it didn’t assist, as after Hayes stopped a free place bid from Carnes, Sliwkowski discovered Muse for a 5-1 lead with 10:21 remaining.

After Hayes stopped one more free place shot from Carnes, Keaney lastly snapped the Clippers’ 18 minute, 15 second scoring drought and Kennebunk’s 5-0 run, ending a free place with 4:45 on the clock.

Yarmouth wasn’t capable of construct on that purpose, nevertheless, as Sliwkowki scored on a free place with 2:20 left, then with 1:09 to go earlier than the break, in transition, Armentrout discovered sophomore Keara Battagliese for a purpose and a 7-2 halftime benefit.

Powers gained six of 10 first half attracts and floor balls and photographs had been even, however Hayes’ six saves allowed the Rams to carry a snug lead.

“It was the identical factor that occurred final recreation,” D’Appolonia stated. “We had the identical variety of photographs, however we couldn’t put them within the internet. Within the second half, we had been capable of change that.”

Senior Lily Hansen got here in to play goalie when the second half commenced and whereas the Clippers would have extra luck in opposition to her, they weren’t capable of pull off a miracle comeback.

With 23:18 left within the recreation, Powers arrange Panozzo for her first purpose, however two minutes later, Sliwkowki faked out a defender and beat Meas unassisted for an 8-3 lead.

“I’ll say, I used to be somewhat nervous initially,” Sliwkowski stated. “I used to be taking photographs I don’t usually take. I used to be somewhat off-balance. At halftime, I made a decision to get again to what I did all season.”

D’Appolonia lastly obtained concerned within the offense with 18:05 to go, establishing Carnes for a purpose, however once more, Sliwkowki stemmed any momentum Yarmouth hoped to have, scoring unassisted with 13:26 remaining to make it 9-4.

The Clippers refused to buckle and once more drew inside 4 when Powers arrange Carnes for a purpose 36 seconds later, however once more, Sliwkowski countered with an unassisted purpose with 11:39 left.

D’Appolonia scored her lone purpose with 8:25 to play, off a feed from sophomore Brooke Boone, however after Kennebunk obtained possession on the following draw and ran a pair minutes off the clock, Sliwkowski scored her sixth and remaining purpose, unassisted, with 5:43 remaining.

Yarmouth had one remaining push, as Powers arrange Panozzo for a purpose with 4:59 on the clock and 24 seconds later, D’Appolonia fed Panozzo to make it 11-8, however the Clippers wouldn’t rating once more.

After sophomore Ella Highbarger gained the following draw for the Rams with Sliwkowki pouncing on the bottom ball, they ran practically three minutes off the clock.

Yarmouth then threatened to attract inside two, however Hansen saved bids from Keaney and Carnes and Powers missed large.

Kennebunk then ran out the clock and celebrated its 11-8 victory and repeat crown.

“The perfect half about this workforce is even when it’s robust, we don’t let it get to us,” Sliwkowski stated. “In the event that they scored, we determined to go get one other one. That mentality made us a championship workforce. It was an enormous workforce effort. Calia stepped up and face-guarded (D’Appolonia). It took everyone as we speak. It got here right down to the small issues.”

Sliwkowski, who scored six targets in final yr’s state recreation win over Falmouth, tickled the twine a half-dozen instances once more, giving her an otherworldly 85 targets for the season. She additionally had three assists, which means she had a component in 9 of the Rams’ 11 targets.

“I haven’t seen a participant like Ruby, a whole package deal,” Barker stated. “She’s simply sensible. She might coach this workforce. She’s that educated.”

Archer added two targets, whereas Armentrout, Battagliese and Muse all had one.

Armentrout and Muse additionally had an help.

Hayes made six saves and Hansen stopped two photographs.

“We felt like each goalies have given us all the things and we’ve alternated all of them season,” Barker stated. “We felt they each wanted to play. Our goalie wasn’t going to lose us the sport. We knew Lily had the expertise of ending a state recreation.”

Dumas had a team-high 5 floor balls, whereas Sliwkowski collected 4.

Kennebunk solely turned the ball over 12 instances.

“We simply wanted to be affected person,” Barker stated. “We might pull the ball out, hang around and simply wait as a result of we knew ultimately it might open up for us.

“We simply took it one recreation at a time all season and handled each recreation prefer it was 0-0. Our focus from the start of the yr was to climb a mountain and that’s how we function.”

The Rams lose Dumas, Hansen and Willa-Maya Dowling, however return everybody else.

Kennebunk is now simply 4 wins shy of Waynflete’s state-record win streak, which was set between 2004-06.

Slikowski, who has verbally dedicated to play at Brown College, figures to make a run on the 200 profession purpose mark subsequent spring.

The Rams would be the favorites once more they usually’ll welcome the bulls-eye.

“We plan to do it once more subsequent yr,” stated Sliwkowski. “Our season begins tomorrow. We’re solely dropping three. It’s going to look actually comparable and that’s actually thrilling.”

“They’re all sophomores and juniors and we have now our goalie again too,” Barker stated. “I feel we’ll be capable to step proper again in there subsequent yr. Now we have loads to look ahead too.”

Pleasure in defeat

Yarmouth’s offense was paced by Panozzo, who scored thrice. Carnes added two targets and D’Appolonia, Keaney and Walsh all scored as soon as.

Powers didn’t rating a purpose, however had 4 assists. D’Appolonia added two and Boone completed with one.

Meas made three saves.

Powers gained 13 of 21 attracts, the Clippers had a 29-22 edge in floor balls (D’Appolonia had a game-high 10 and Powers completed with six), Yarmouth out-shot Kennebunk, 24-18 (16-14 on cage) and solely dedicated 13 turnovers.

“I truthfully couldn’t be happier,” D’Appolonia stated. “As a senior, it was a good way to exit. Nobody anticipated us to be within the state championship recreation in the beginning of the season.  The youthful gamers are rising into the gamers they’re going to grow to be. I’m simply excited to see how they continue to grow.”

“If a pair free positions within the first half discovered the web, it may need been totally different,” Holt stated. “We had some turnovers and that was a distinction. Within the first half, we obtained somewhat rattled, then we settled down.”

The Clippers lose eight gamers to commencement, with D’Appolonia probably the most seismic departure. She’s going to play on the College of Colorado subsequent yr.

“I’m actually excited to get (to Colorado) and present them what Maine’s obtained,” D’Appolonia stated.

“We’re blessed with Katelyn,” Holt stated. “I’ve by no means coached a greater athlete or workforce participant, however she’s additionally a real giver. Not many groups have that. They’ve standouts who do one factor, however she makes everybody round her higher.”

Yarmouth is used to being within the state remaining each season and despite the fact that this yr ended simply wanting the massive prize, the Clippers will do all they’ll to return to the massive stage subsequent yr.

Yarmouth’s younger nucleus acquired trial by hearth this spring and can be poised for greatness in 2023.

“The following couple years will present what this workforce can do,” Holt stated. “We’ll miss our seniors, however this program belongs in Class A. We need to play with the perfect.”

Sports activities Editor Michael Hoffer could be reached at [email protected]. Comply with him on Twitter: @foresports.

Earlier state recreation outcomes


Class B
Yarmouth 13 Greely 8 

Class B
Cape Elizabeth 12 Yarmouth 11 (3 OT)

Class B
Cape Elizabeth 12 Yarmouth 11 (OT)

Class B
Kennebunk 5 Yarmouth 4

Class B
Kennebunk 9 Yarmouth 7

Class B

Yarmouth 11 Kennebunk 10 (OT) 

Class B

Yarmouth 13 Cape Elizabeth 10 

Class B

Waynflete 7 Yarmouth 4

Class B 

Yarmouth 9 Waynflete 8

Class B

Yarmouth 7 Kennebunk 5

Class B

Yarmouth 12 Waynflete 5

Yarmouth 13 Kennebunk 8

Waynflete 5 Yarmouth 3

Waynflete 13 Yarmouth 8

Yarmouth 5 Waynflete 4

Waynflete 6 Yarmouth 5

Waynflete 7 Yarmouth 6

Gould 11 Yarmouth 8


Class A
Kennebunk 9 Falmouth 8

Class A
Falmouth 5 Kennebunk 3

Class B
Kennebunk 5 Yarmouth 4

Class B
Kennebunk 9 Yarmouth 7

Class B

Yarmouth 11 Kennebunk 10 (OT) 

Class A

Brunswick 13 Kennebunk 9

Class A

Brunswick 15 Kennebunk 11

Class B

Yarmouth 7 Kennebunk 5

Yarmouth 13 Kennebunk 8

Earlier Yarmouth-Kennebunk postseason outcomes

Class B state remaining
Kennebunk 5 Yarmouth 4

Class B state remaining
Kennebunk 9 Yarmouth 7

Class B state remaining

Yarmouth 11 Kennebunk 10 (OT) 

Class B state remaining

Yarmouth 7 Kennebunk 5

2002 state remaining
Yarmouth 13 Kennebunk 8

1999 state semifinal
Yarmouth 8 Kennebunk 4

1998 state quarterfinal
Yarmouth 9 Kennebunk 7


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