Camden Hills tallies 24 goals in two matches, but has little to show for itWindjammers battle tough Class A opponents, outscored 30-24 in losses
Rockport — The Camden Hills girls lacrosse team had no trouble scoring goals, but, unfortunately for the Windjammers, they did struggle stopping two recent opponents from also putting the ball in the net. Thus, the result was losses in high-scoring, back-to-back affairs.
The Windjammers lost to host Edward Little of Auburn 15-13 on Thursday, May 16 and, the next day, lost to visiting Lewiston 15-11 on Friday, May 17 on Don Palmer Field. Lewiston and Auburn are neighboring twin cities in Western Maine, with both being Class A schools.
Thus, Camden Hills tallied 24 goals but still only had two defeats to show for its offensive work. Tough stuff. The Eddies and Blue Devils combined to outscore the Windjammers 30-24 in the two matches.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (5-4, 21.4583 points) is fourth, while Gardiner (8-1, 68.8889 points) is first in the eight-team region. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.
May 16 match
At Auburn, Camden Hills challenged the Eddies (4-5) in a "great and exciting" match, said Windjammer coach Amy Gertner, "only to come up a few goals short."
Camden Hills rallied from a 7-0 deficit to push Edward Little to the limit, "playing incredibly aggressive to match the level of the Eddies," Gertner said.
The coach said the team lost Hannah Wincklhofer to two yellow cards and Addie Bragg received one, "so the team had to play a man down for a little while. This forced us to step up the pressure and playing from behind seemed to make us focus and communicate more."
Scoring goals was not an issue for the visitors as Alice Flint tallied an impressive six goals; Addie Bragg and Addie Drinkwater, both two; and Wincklhofer, Caroline Matteo and Lea Smith, all one. Drinkwater returned to action after being sidelined with a fractured wrist, the coach said.
Haley Williams had an impressive game on defense, as did Sarah Scott, said the coach. "Kaia Allwine and Adrianna Goodale really supported us as swing players as well," Gertner said.
As always, Cailand Sweeting aggressively stopped numerous shots in goal, many directly to her face and body. "It was a rough game, but she never seems to be phased, and that always impresses me," the coach said of Sweeting.
"Even though the scoreboard displayed a loss, I still felt like the effort put forth was as strong as a win," Gertner said of the Windjammers. "They rallied after a long bus ride and really came together as a team. I've never seen so much support towards each other, especially from the players on the bench. It was great."
Statistical information for Edward Little was unavailable.
May 17 match
At Rockport, the visiting Blue Devils (7-2) outlasted the Windjammers 15-11. "Another nailbiter, but, inevitably, a loss," Gertner said. "It was neck-and-neck for most of the [match]."
Leading the Windjammer offense were Smith four goals; Flint, three; and Hannah Brownawell, Bragg, Drinkwater and Wincklhofer, each one.
Sweeting had at least 13 recorded saves, the coach said, "but more than likely more than that. She held great position in goal and, even though tired from the previous game, played incredibly well."
The coach said the Windjammer defense "worked hard to adjust to a speedy Lewiston offense, but, in the end, we just couldn't hold them."
Wincklhofer suffered a minor knee injury and was sidelined for the second half, Gertner said.
"Even though they were tired they made a great effort and we saw what it felt like to play competitively with a Class A team," the coach said. "Our offense held strong and ran motion well, allowing for creative shots. I am not at all disappointed in the way the girls played today. Very impressed with their stamina and determination. They're all very deserving of a weekend to rest."
Statistical information for Lewiston was unavailable.
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