New beginning, fresh start for Camden Hills
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Camden Hills Regional High School field hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Lindsey Clement, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 4-9-1, 12th in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Addie Bragg (inner) and Ellie Pendleton (defense); juniors Macy Buck (inner), Alie MacDonald (wing/mid), Alexandra Dobbins (wing), Gabrielle Anders (wing), Meg Dowd (mid), Eva Ritchie (mid) and Desi Dodd (goalie); sophomores Harper Gordon (mid), Molly Davee (defense), Emily Daggett (mid/wing), Caroline Keefe (defense), Frances Pendleton (mid) and Willow Grinnell (wing).
Known graduation losses: Zia Sulick, Camilla Walker and Allie Flint.
Significant impact players: Buck, Dowd, Bragg, Pendleton and Ritchie.
Team strengths: Unity, youth and depth.
Team goals: To earn a berth in the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Gardiner.
Outlook: The Windjammers graduated nine seniors last year and also bid farewell to former coach Jan Holmes-Jackson, who took her father Allen Holmes' position as the varsity field hockey coach in Belfast.
Clement, who was the Camden-Rockport Middle School coach last year and played under Holmes-Jackson during her time as a Windjammer in the early 2000s, said she is excited for the opportunity.
“It's a fresh start," Clement said. "We're kind of starting at ground zero and I like that. The kids seem to be on board, they're working really hard and we're already seeing results.”
Clement said practices have been going well and the student-athletes performed well at the Coastal Field Hockey Play Day, finishing third among the five squads. However, the 'Jammers return just five varsity players from last year's team.
While short-term success may be more difficult to attain for upperclassmen such as Buck, Dowd, Bragg, Pendleton and Ritchie, Clement has a talented group of six sophomores that “can play almost anywhere on the field,” which could play a pivotal factor as to whether the 'Jammers earn a berth in the Eastern Class B playoffs.
“They have the skills,” said Clement of her young nucleus of players. “I just have to figure out where they go.”