Defensive-minded Windjammers possess strong overall squad
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High School girls lacrosse team:
Coach/years coached current team: Amy Gertner, second year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 6-6, fifth in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers lost to No. 4 Morse of Bath 17-10 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Lea Smith (attacker), Addie Drinkwater (attacker), Kiera Haining (attacker), Zoe Grant (attacker), Nikki Young (defense) and Brittany Winslow (goalie); Maddy Raynor (defense), Allie Dobbins (defense), Hannah Wincklhofer (midfield), Kaia Allwine (midfield), Marin Anderson (attacker), SaraBelle Fischer (midfield) and Macy Buck (midfield); sophomores Katherine Orne (defense), Willow Grinnell (attacker, midfield) and Adrianna Goodale (defense, midfield); and freshmen Emma Brownawell (defense, midfield) and Jesse Goodale (defense, midfield).
Known graduation losses: Hannah Brownawell, Alice Flint, Caroline Matteo, Kristina Alex, Addie Bragg, Sarah Scott, Haley Williams, Avary Lamont, Zia Sulick, Cailand Sweeting and Claire Horne.
Significant impact players: Smith, Drinkwater, Haining and Winslow.
Team strengths: Ballhandling, field sense and positive attitudes.
Team goal: To focus on becoming a more defensive-minded team.
Top league opponents: Gardiner, Morse of Bath and Freeport.
Outlook: The Windjammers lost many key players to graduation, but retain Smith, the team's top goal-scorer from last year. Drinkwater also is expected to have a strong senior campaign, while fellow seniors Haining and Winslow also should have an impact, with Winslow playing in net for Camden Hills.
Coach Gertner said overall, she is impressed with this year's group of players and that a lot of student-athletes will swing between the junior varsity and varsity squads.
Along with becoming a more defensive-minded team, Gertner said she hopes to support Pen Bay Lacrosse by hosting play days and inviting youth teams to join the team's practices.
“I want to create a solid community of lacrosse in the Midcoast,” she said.