2013-05-24 / Sports Spotlight

Junior leads rebuilt lacrosse offense

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough High School junior Ainsley Jamieson has been playing lacrosse since she was in second grade and has become one of the leaders of Scarborough’s team this year. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School junior Ainsley Jamieson has been playing lacrosse since she was in second grade and has become one of the leaders of Scarborough’s team this year. (Michael Kelley photo) For the past three years, the Scarborough girls’ lacrosse team has been playing nothing but championship caliber lacrosse. This year, however, the goal is for the team to be playing the best lacrosse it can by the time the regular season wraps up next week.

Many of the players that led Scarborough to the last three state championships have since graduated, leaving head coach Marcia Wood the task of rebuilding the program at the varsity level.

Wood said roughly 140 of the 170 goals the Red Storm scored last season were scored by seniors, including 51 by Mary Scott.

“We obviously had a lot of scoring to make up this year,” Wood said. “This team may be young and less experienced, but they are getting the job done. Everyone is getting in on the scoring this season.”


Ainsley Jamieson had a secondary role on the varsity lacrosse team last year, but has worked hard to improve her game this season and is being relied upon to help guide Scarborough into the playoffs (Michael Kelley photo) Ainsley Jamieson had a secondary role on the varsity lacrosse team last year, but has worked hard to improve her game this season and is being relied upon to help guide Scarborough into the playoffs (Michael Kelley photo) After a 9-5 loss to Marshwood Tuesday, the Scarborough is 6-4 this season, with only Kennebunk (6-4) and Windham (6-4) left to play.

Ainsley Jamieson, a junior, has helped to lead the Red Storm offensive attack this season. Through Tuesday, May 21, Jamieson, who plays low attack, had scored 11 goals and assisted on five goals.

Jamieson’s biggest game so far came in a 10-6 win against Massabesic Tuesday, May 7. In the win, Jamieson scored four goals and assisted on two others. Her biggest goal of the season, however, came a week later when she scored the game winner in a 8-7 win over Thornton Academy. The win gave Wood her 100th win as head coach of the team.

“She has really stepped her game up this year,” Wood said at a practice Monday, May 20. “She was a good player last year. Being older, doing all the stuff in the off season, she has really done a tremendous job getting ready for the season.”

Jamieson played on varsity last year, but has risen to a larger role this season.

“I’ve been very impressed by her leadership and attitude on the field. It’s been positive,” Wood said.

This year’s team, Wood said, is made up of eight seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Wood said it is rare to have freshmen on a varsity squad, but it is becoming more and more common, especially this season.

“The freshman class, not only in Scarborough, but around the league is strong. It is a very talented freshman class,” Wood said. “I know a lot of teams who are pulling up freshmen.”

Getting a starting role on the varsity lacrosse team has been a long time coming for Jamieson.

Jamieson started playing lacrosse at a young age, but it was not the first sport she tried out.

“Just like many kids here, I played tee-ball in the spring,” Jamieson said. “I absolutely hated it because you stood around a lot. I went to visit my cousin in Florida who played lacrosse and I said ‘Dad, I want to play that sport.’ That was in second grade and I have been playing it ever since.”

Jamieson, who also plays varsity soccer, quickly took to the sport, in part because of its high-scoring nature.

With much of the offensive attack from last year gone, Jamieson said the team worked hard to reconstruct the offense this season.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work and finally we’ve been getting the outcomes we wanted in games,” said Jamieson, who is the vice president of the Key Club and a member of both the concert band and Model United Nations team.

Getting to that point, she said, has not been easy.

“Over the season, our team has gotten a feel for each other. I have put in a lot of hard work on and off the field to make myself better,” Jamieson said.

That hard work will have to continue if the Red Storm want to go deep into the playoffs.

As of Wednesday, May 22, Scarborough was fourth in the standings behind Kennebunk, Thornton Academy and top-ranked Massabessic, but Wood said anything can happen between now and Saturday, June 15, when the Class A state championship game is played.

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