Morse too talented for Camden Hills in playoff matchSmith tallies three goals, Drinkwater two in Windjammer loss
Bath — Given all that the Camden Hills girls lacrosse team faced this spring, the fact that the Windjammers finished with a .500 regular-season record and again qualified for the Eastern Class B playoffs were positives.
That is how Windjammer coach Amy Gertner feels despite the fact Camden Hills suffered a lopsided loss to much deeper and talented Morse of Bath in the regional quarterfinals.
There were plenty of similarities for Camden Hills in 2013 and 2014. The team had a .500 record last year and also lost to more established Morse in the quarterfinals.
This year, despite often going long stretches without a match and then other times where matches came fast and furious due to unpredictable spring weather, the Windjammers finished 6-6 and sixth in Eastern Class B.
Then Camden Hills fell 19-7 to No. 3 Morse in a quarterfinal playoff match on Wednesday, June 11 on the artificial surface at McMann Field.
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The Windjammers played the Shipbuilders (11-2) tough during the regular season in two high-scoring affairs, losing 14-7 and 15-10. But, Camden Hills had trouble matching Morse's aggressiveness, intensity, speed and skill in Wednesday's playoff after staying close in the early going.
And the Windjammers had no answers for talented Isabelle Paulus (5 goals, assist), Ruth Nadeau (4 goals, 3 assists) and Sophie Sreden (4 goals, assist). Also, Bronwyn Morissette (goal, assist), Grace Koslosky (2 goals, assist), Ann Tolan (assist) and Maddy Olsen (3 goals) contributed mightily for the winners.
For Camden Hills, Lea Smith finished with a hat trick, or three goals, and Addie Drinkwater two, as well as Kiera Haining and Maddy Raynor both one.
Morse finished with a 25-15 shots-on-goal advantage. Brittani Winslow was credited with five saves in the Windjammer goal and Catherine Sener seven stops in the Shipbuilder goal.
The match was competitive in the early going with Morse leading 2-0, 2-1, 7-1 and 7-4 before the Shipbuilders scored 11 straight goals to make it 18-4. The Windjammers tallied three of the final four goals.
Morse moves on to play at No. 2 Freeport (10-2) on Saturday, June 14 in the semifinals.
Gertner said with a relatively young overall team, it was not a "rebuilding" season for Camden Hills but somewhat of a "relearning" year" and "back-to-the-basics stuff. I am really proud of them."
The coach said the team also dealt with "chronic" injuries throughout the campaign. The Windjammers have six seniors, but only five finished the season healthy enough to play.
The Windjammers started as a club sport in 2003 and have been building skill and consistency since, Gertner said. The coach said she intends to help Camden Hills continue that growing process next year.
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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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