Oceanside, Camden Hills face off for first official varsity clashVisiting Windjammers prevail 14-8 in high-scoring affair
Thomaston — There will be a lot of firsts for the Oceanside girls lacrosse team this spring as the Mariners play their official inaugural varsity campaign.
Another of those firsts came Monday afternoon, May 5 as the Mariners hosted Camden Hills, the only other Midcoast school to sponsor girls lacrosse (the sport is much more prevalent in Southern Maine), in the opponents' first varsity match.
It was a competitive match throughout, with both teams scoring and both goalies — Bailee Cox of Oceanside and Brittani Winslow for Camden Hills — being forced to make a bundle of strong saves.
Ultimately, the visiting Windjammers won 14-8 on Sam Pendleton Field.
Camden Hills is 2-2 and Oceanside 0-2 on the young season.
One of the more strange occurrences happened in the first half as Camden Hills' Hannah Wincklhofer got her thumb caught in the basket/webbing/netting of the stick of Oceanside's Lily Vachon. The match was briefly halted to see if Wincklhofer could get her thumb out while still on the field, but she could not.
The Windjammer headed to the bench, with thumb still in the basket/webbing/netting of the stick, and Vachon lost use of her stick for several minutes.
Wincklhofer finally extradited her thumb and returned to the game.
"Hannah Wincklhofer was blocking a shot when her thumb got stuck in the side of Oceanside player Lily Vachon's stick," said Camden Hills coach Amy Gertner. "In between the plastic side walls, a very tight space. We iced it and used calendula cream to try and squeeze her knuckle back through, as coaches were prying open the side wall of the stick. She was able to return to game after more icing and the swelling went down. I've never heard of or seen anything like it. She was very brave."
"I do hope Hannah is fine," said Oceanside coach Angie Vachon. "I don't know how that happens."
Leading Camden Hills offensively Monday were Lea Smith with four goals; Wincklhofer and Katherine Orne, both three; and Addie Drinkwater, Willow Grinnell, Kaia Allwine and Jesse Goodale, all one. Winslow made about 20 saves in goal.
For Oceanside, Kim Young tallied three goals; Rebekah Freeman and Lily Vachon, both two; and Abbey Lacasse, one. Cox made about 10 saves saves in goal.
Both teams took about the same number of shots. Assists totals were unavailable.
"Great game," said Gertner. "I really felt like the Camden Hills girls played with composure and drive."
The Windjammers led 6-4 at halftime.
Gertner said Maddy Raynor also was out of the game briefly with a chronic knee injury. "I definitely felt the pressure without the solid defensive presence of Raynor," the coach said. "She is so great at seeing the entire picture in the low defensive zone. Kaia Allwine also continues to monitor a chronic hip injury.
"Emma Brownawell continues to impress me, and just as a freshmen, I'm amazed. She has the speed and stamina to cover huge areas on the field, playing a high wing defense, and often helping our midfielders keep the ball in our zone. A very reliable player.
"Addie Drinkwater played an impressive game on attack, always going towards goal with at least four shots on goal. Katherine Orne and Hannah Wincklhofer are becoming a dynamic duo in midfield, as well as new player Macy Buck. Their field intelligence and skill set is helping us control the midfield. It's also great to have Allie Dobbins back from a backpacking trip in Spain. She was able to step in and assist in our defensive zone, perhaps still with a little jet-lag."
Oceanside coach Vachon continues to see improvement with her team.
"Between our first game and this, just the team's second game, their off-ball movement has improved especially around the critical scoring area," she said. "The team is doing its best to see and be aware of the ball and we will be working on better recognizing scoring opportunities, releasing the ball quicker to the cutter or open player when they are in control on offense, both in the scoring area and the midfield. Bailee Cox, our goalie, continues with great communication with her teammates in the backfield. I am much impressed with our newer players and how quickly their skills have improved.
"Each game, thus far, has brought new lessons for the team, lessons that can be brought into the second half the season."
Camden Hills versus Morse
On May 1 in Bath, Morse beat Camden Hills 14-7 in a match switched from Rockport due to rain and poor field conditions.
Orne tallied three goals and Smith, Wincklhofer, Allwine and Buck all one. Winslow finished with at least 14 saves in goal.
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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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