Overtime warriors: Camden Hills moves on with thrilling playoff victoryOrne tallies four goals, Lawson three, Cameron two in win over Morse
Bath — The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team has had a flair for the dramatic all season so why would the Windjammers make their Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff match with host Morse on Wednesday night, June 11 any different?
They would not, of course, but this time the outcome was much more positive for the visitors.
No. 6 Camden Hills (9-4) notched an exciting 10-9 overtime victory over No. 3 Morse (9-4) in a regional quarterfinal match Wednesday on the artificial surface under the lights on McMann Field and now advance to play at No. 2 Freeport (8-5) on Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m. in the semifinals.
Freeport beat No. 7 Oak Hill of Sabattus (4-9) 7-5 in another quarterfinal playoff. The semifinal match was postponed from Friday, June 13.
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During the regular season, Freeport defeated Camden Hills 8-7, thus Saturday's match should again be competitive.
Earlier this season, Morse bested Camden Hills 10-9 in double-overtime, so the Windjammers earned a bit of redemption with Wednesday's playoff victory.
"This team showed amazing tenacity tonight," said Windjammer coach Mark Hannibal.
The Windjammers, who have played four overtime or double-over affairs this season, prevailed Wednesday despite being outshot a whopping 41-18.
In the quarterfinal playoff against Morse, the Windjammer offense was led by Jack Orne (4 goals), Jonah Cameron (2 goals, 2 assists), Parker Lawson (3 goals), Marshal Spear (2 assists), Simon Lydon (assist), Grayson Szumilas (assist) and Cyrus Demmons (goal, assist.)
Face men Connor Winchenbach and Jacob Chamberlain won 11 and 10 faceoffs, respectively. "Musclemen who can get the job done," Hannibal called the two Windjammers. "Many of these transitioned to fastbreak opportunities."
With only 18 shots on goal versus Morse's 41, the Windjammers connected on 55 percent of their shots compared to 22 percent for Morse, the coach said.
"We didn't shoot as much as we normally do but when we did, we made it count," Hannibal said. "The Windjammer defense really carried this win. Morse has some really quick and nimble shooters, who know how to get open and rip one, but our defense pressured the heck out of them and would not let up. [Goalie] Aidan Gordon saved 78 percent of the shots but the [team's] power defense worked as one unit."
Statistics for Morse were unavailable. The Shipbuilder goalie was Kevin Thibodeau.
Interestingly, three of the Windjammers' OT matches this season were tied 9-9 after regulation or the first overtime, including the earlier affair against Morse.
The Camden Hills program has come a long way since its club days in the early 2000s. In an example of the program's progress, Hannibal said the last two years the Windjammers have lost badly in the first round of the playoffs. He said the team actually had a few years earlier on in the program when the team scored only one goal for an entire season.
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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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