2018-11-08 / Neighbors

Tigers make run to field hockey state title

By Pat McDonald
Sports Editor


Biddeford senior Paige Laverriere battles a Skowhegan player during the state championship game last weekend. (Maureen Grandmaison Photography) Biddeford senior Paige Laverriere battles a Skowhegan player during the state championship game last weekend. (Maureen Grandmaison Photography) BIDDEFORD — The Biddeford High School field hockey team had lofty expectations entering the 2018 season – and the Tigers lived up to them every step of the way on their way to the Class A state championship.

The Tigers held on for a 4-3 victory over the Skowhegan Indians Saturday, Nov. 3 to grab their first state title since 1990.

“It still doesn’t feel real ... like I don’t feel like I won states. I feel like I still have practice today. It was overwhelming,” said Biddeford senior captain Paige Laverriere on Monday.

Biddeford coach Caitlin Albert echoed that sentiment.

“The girls all sprinted out and I just stood there. I felt like I had cement blocks (on my feet) … it was the best feeling in the world, but it really still hasn’t hit me. I don’t think it has hit any of the girls,” said Albert, who led the Tigers to a 17-0-1 record this year.


The Biddeford High School field hockey team celebrates after winning the Class A field hockey state championship last weekend. (Maureen Grandmaison Photography) The Biddeford High School field hockey team celebrates after winning the Class A field hockey state championship last weekend. (Maureen Grandmaison Photography) The Tigers’ celebration was almost disrupted by the Indians, who mounted a furious rally after Biddeford jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second half.

“I kind of kept telling myself, ‘You can’t let them score anymore,’ because our team was doing so good and I was like, now the defense has to do their job too,” said Biddeford goalie Taylor Wilde. “I didn’t want to let down the team and let another goal in and tie up the game and you have to go into overtime.”

Wildes and the Tigers’ defense would step up and secure the championship victory in the final minutes.

“When everybody started running down it just started to hit me that we were state champions. It still felt pretty surreal,” Wildes said.

The Biddeford goalie started to realize that championship moment was possible this year way back in the offseason.

“I think I started to realize (we could win states) a little more when we were putting in the work over the summer,” said Wildes, who is also a captain for the Tigers. “We went to the weight room. We practiced and had three scrimmages a week during the summer. We always worked hard (during practice) and we kept improving. I don’t want to say I was like ‘Yes, we are going to win a state championship,’ but I would say more that I believed we could win a state championship.”

Biddeford’s other senior captain, Hailey Allen, had a different view of Saturday’s state final as the standout was injured in the regional semifinal game.

“Before we even got on the bus, we were here and I was sad and crying because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play with them that day, but after (the game) I was so proud of them and I couldn’t have asked for a better season with them,” Allen said.

Allen had a feeling before the game that her teammates were up for the challenge.

“It was really exciting knowing that their intensity was really high and their energy was high in the locker room and on the bus ride there. Just by that I knew it was going to be a good game and once they were out there and my sister (Abby Allen) got the first goal I was like, ‘OK, we’re in it,’” said Hailey Allen, who watched her younger sister score three goals in the championship game.

What made the Tigers’ championship even sweeter was the fact that they had to go through the 18-time champions from Skowhegan, which had won 15 of the last 18 Class A crowns.

“I think that makes it 100 times better. We knew going into it Skowhegan has been ranked number one in New England all season and I just think that right there meant more than anything,” Albert said.

The fifth-year coach believes the Tigers’ state championship run has also brought the Biddeford community together.

“It’s been so big having the support from the community. The crowd was huge and a lot of the teachers and other coaches came,” Albert said. “When something like this happens it brings the community together and student body together.”

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