2018-10-19 / Sports Spotlight

Red Storm field hockey seeks playoff thunder

By Pat McDonald Sports Editor

Carrie Timpson Carrie Timpson SCARBOROUGH — Skowhegan and Biddeford have been sitting on top of the Varsity Maine Top 10 field hockey poll all season long, but when it comes to field hockey in Maine, the Scarborough Red Storm are never out of the conversation.

This year is no different as the Red Storm entered the Class A South playoffs as the No. 3 seed and are fourth in the Varsity Maine poll.

Scarborough finished the regular season with an 11-2-1 record and the Red Storm hope to prove that they are one of the best teams in the state.

“I try not to hype (the playoffs) up too much, but it’s really a good time to see what type of team we are and what we can do when we’re under pressure,” said Scarborough junior forward Carrie Timpson.

Timpson has been a leader for the Red Storm all season long and head coach Kerry Mariello will be leaning on her experience and talent in the postseason.

“We have a young team right now, but the ones that have played in the past and have that experience have really elevated the younger players around them and we’ve really come into our own. Hopefully it’s enough for us to go deep into the playoffs,” said Mariello. “(Carrie is) definitely a scorer and a hustler. She does the little things and she’s one of those experienced players who has been there, done that.

“If she’s on and she’s elevated her game then everyone else around her seems to do that.”

Timpson has proven with her ability and attitude that she can take over a game for the Red Storm.

“She just is the nitty gritty. She just says ‘this is my ball, this is my scenario and I want to score,’” said Mariello of Timpson. “You’ve got to have those players who are willing to run through a wall for you and run through players and just attack, attack, attack and eventually it will wear that defense down.”

Timpson and the Red Storm, who were set to open the playoffs against Cheverus on Wednesday, know they will need to play their best field hockey in order to succeed in the playoffs.

“It’s hard going in knowing there are such strong teams (out there), but we are playing game-by-game and just seeing what we can do,” said Timpson.

One challenge that could come Scarborough’s way is a potential matchup with No. 1 Biddeford in the regional final.

“It would be tough one,” said Timpson on a showdown with Biddeford. “I’m honestly pretty excited to see them. Everyone has been hyping it up because they are a really strong team and there is just a lot of competition there. I’m just looking forward to it if that (happens).”

Mariello is no stranger to the postseason and the Red Storm coach knows the playoffs are a whole new season.

“It’s anybody’s game really. The top 12 teams are all talented and the way this sport goes, it could go in any direction and it’s all about game-planning, matchups and execution of big-time plays. Hopefully we’re on the winning end of those scenarios,” Mariello said.

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