Camden Hills shoots, scores a lot in win over Lincoln AcademyLawson tallies four goals, Cameron, Szumilas, Stancioff all three for Windjammers
Rockport — In a race to beat the predicted thunderstorms and after venue and time changes, the Camden Hills boys lacrosse dominated all aspects of a match on Friday, May 31 with visiting Lincoln Academy on Don Palmer Field.
The Windjammers downed the Eagles of Newcastle 21-1. The match originally was scheduled for Damariscotta.
In the win, Parker Lawson tallied four goals; Jonah Cameron, Grayson Szumilas and Yani Stancioff, all three; Morgan Mercier and Marshall Spear, both two; and Jack Orne, Jack Gallagher, Simon Lydon and Cyrus Demmons, all one.
Conner Winchenbach (13) and Jacob Chamberlain (10) won every faceoff but one. Winchenbach also had an assist and three shots on goal and Chamberlain an assist and a shot.
Assists were sprinkled throughout the squad as the Windjammers "moved the ball well and ran a very effective offense they have been working on all year," said Camden Hills coach Mark Hannibal.
Camden Hills will host Class A Cony of Augusta on Wednesday, June 4 at 3 p.m. in a regular-season-ending match.
"This game will test the mettle of the well-seated Windjammers as they move toward the best playoff spot in the program's history," said Hannibal. "If [the Windjammers] win on Wednesday they could end up hosting a first-round [playoff] game.
"This is very exciting. Running a program with players who are about to graduate is a huge challenge other coaches associated with the other seasons don't have to deal with. The joy of graduating high school, the family activities, last-minute projects due in for grades, and the great weather after a long winter, all are very distracting and could tend to fracture a team, to a certain degree. Hard work in the early season, and some very close games with top-level teams, have bonded this Windjammer team and is keeping the players motivated to stay put and finish strong.
"I have said from the beginning, if we focus on skill building, the wins will take care of themselves. It's tough to tell a teenager that and have them buy in, but looking back now, they get it. I hope they will remember this next spring. We are losing 11 seniors this year, but the talent entering the program has grown exponentially due to the feeder programs and the sports popularity."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (7-4, 36.3889 points) is sixth and Maranacook/Winthrop (11-0, 122.3611 points) first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Jayvees stop other Eagles
The Camden Hills jayvees also picked up a hard-fought 7-5 win over the Eagles Friday, May 31, but this time it was Erskine Academy of South China.
The Windjammers led 2-1 after one quarter and the match was tied 2-2 at halftime. Camden Hills took a 6-3 advantage after three.
Kieran Lydon and Calvin Cameron tallied three goals and Cyrus Demmons one for the hosts. Lydon added two assists and Cameron and Gallagher both one.
"Erskine Academy showed today the progress they have made as a lacrosse program this season in giving us a very competitive game," said Windjammer coach Thad Chilton. "With some key players missing for the game, our sophomores and freshmen filled the gaps without missing a beat. The high level of teamwork that these boys have embraced has been on display this season with our winning campaign. Having fun playing the game at a high level is what it is all about."
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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