Falcons fly just high enough to oust Windjammers from postseasonLawson tallies six goals, Cameron three for Camden Hills
Freeport — The sixth-seeded Camden Hills boys lacrosse team had no shortage of goals during the team's first semifinal playoff game in school history on Saturday, June 14 as the Windjammers traveled to face No. 2 Freeport.
However, the Falcons had no trouble either as the two teams were embedded in a competitive match from start to finish.
In the end, the Windjammers were one goal shy of reaching the Eastern Class B championship match as they were downed by the host Falcons 13-12.
Camden Hills' season ended at 9-5. The match was postponed from June 13.
Freeport (8-5) will play for the regional championship on Wednesday, June 18 as it hosts No. 4 Yarmouth (9-5). The Clippers upset top-seeded Maranacook/Winthrop (12-1) 10-7 in the Saturday's other semifinal match.
In Saturday's semifinal, Freeport held an 8-6 lead at halftime and a 9-8 lead after three quarters. Both teams scored four fourth-quarter goals.
Leading the Windjammers on offense were Parker Lawson (6 goals, assist), Jonah Cameron (3 goals, 3 assists), Marshall Spear (goal, 3 assists), Yani Stancioff (goal) and Grayson Szumilas (assist).
For Freeport, Sam Wogan kept the hosts in control as the junior midfielder logged seven goals in the winning effort.
Connor Winchenbach won 28 faceoffs for Camden Hills, while goalie Aidan Gordon made 10 saves. The Windjammers attempted 34 shots on goal and scooped 51 ground balls.
“It has been an amazing season,” said Camden Hills coach Mark Hannibal. “We have all worked very hard to bring this team and this program forward, making it to the semifinals for the first time in our school's history. I am still in shock that we are not going to the championship game.”
Hannibal said he and jayvee coach Thad Chilton have had help from volunteer coaches Thor Emery, Wade Ward, Eric Denny and Jim Ostheimer and that they more than proved their worth to the program.
“Lacrosse is on the map,” said Hannibal. “And Camden Hills made a statement this year that we are claiming a place on that map.”
Following the team's playoff loss to the Falcons, Camden Hills finished the season 3-4 in one-goal games and played many overtime matches. The Windjammers lost a one-goal game to Freeport 8-7 during the regular season and also defeated No. 3 Morse of Bath 10-9 in a quarterfinal playoff match.
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