Friday September 28, 2012 | 03:28 PM

With the field hockey season ending in a couple weeks, some teams are playing for a playoff spot. Here’s a look at them, and what they face the rest of the season:

Waterville: The Purple Panthers are 10th in Eastern B, where the top nine teams make the playoffs. The problem is that there at least 10 good teams in Eastern B, so someone is bound to be left out.

Waterville has four games left, and three of those are good chances for a bundle of Heal points — Mt. View, Nokomis, and Winslow. The Panthers probably need to win at least one of those, and maybe two, to get a playoff spot.

Maranacook: The Black Bears were outscored 21-0 over their first six games, so it seems odd to be talking about them as contenders for the playoffs. But Maranacook is playing much better over the last six games, going 2-3-1 in that span. Also, they compete in Western C, but they play a Class B schedule.

Over the last six games, it’s clear Maranacook can compete with the better teams in the KVAC B. They lost 3-0 to Gardiner (the same score as when Belfast played Gardiner), lost 2-1 to Waterville, and tied Camden Hills, 2-2.

Maranacook’s remaining games are against Mt. Blue, Erskine, Belfast, and Leavitt. Mt. Blue might be the key game here, as the Black Bears can definitely compete with Mt. Blue, and the game might be enough to earn a playoff spot. If Maranacook doesn’t make the Western C playoffs, it would be a shame, because they are one of the top eight teams in Western C.

Maine Central Institute: Call the Huskies “Maranacook North” because it’s the same scenario: A Class C team playing against bigger schools in the KVAC B. MCI needs a win to feel comfortable about a playoff spot, and any of the four remaining opponents (Oceanside, Mt. View, Waterville, and Mt. Blue) would give them enough points to do that.

Hall-Dale is right behind MCI for the last spot, and has some winnable games remaining.

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Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at

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