Playoff quest again should be in cards for Windjammers
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the Camden Hills Regional High School field hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Lindsey Clement, second year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 5-9 No. 8 seed in Eastern Class B playoffs. The Windjammers fell to No. 1 Nokomis of Newport 2-1 in double-overtime in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Meg Dowd (midfield), Eva Ritchie (midfield, defense), Macy Buck (forward) and Desi Dodd (goalie); juniors Molly Davee (defense), Emily Daggett (forward, defense), Frances Pendleton (midfield, defense), Willow Grinnell (midfield, forward), Harper Gordon (midfield), Hilary Merrifield (forward) and Mariah Harris (forward); sophomores Emily Bowen (forward) and Karrah York (forward); and freshmen Megan Gordon (forward, midfield), Amanda Mirabile (forward, midfield) and Halsey Yattaw (forward, midfield).
Known graduation losses: Addie Bragg and Ellie Pendleton.
Significant impact players: Davee, Daggett, Buck, Grinnell, Dodd and Dowd.
Team strengths: Depth and versatility.
Team goals: To return to the Eastern Class B playoffs
Top league opponents: Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Mount View of Thorndike and Belfast.
Outlook: The Windjammers have had a strong start to the preseason, which included winning the Coastal Field Hockey Play Day championships Aug. 25 in Belfast. Clement is encouraged by her team's conditioning in the early part of the season as the student-athletes have been no worse for the wear in hot and humid conditions.
Losing only Bragg and Pendleton to graduation, while Caroline Keefe currently is in an exchange program, the Windjammers return a great deal of depth and appear likely to improve on last year's 5-9 mark.
Several players on the team likely will be shuffled around in the early stages of the season, but Buck and Grinnell are entrenched at the forward position and Clement expects “a lot of goals from them this year.”
She said Dodd has “been hot” in the cage early in the season, while Dowd will patrol the midfield and Davee and Daggett figure to be key contributors on defense.
Without offering a prediction, Clement said she feels “this season will be better than last season.”
“I would like to see us go to playoffs again,” she said. “I don't think that will be a problem with this group of kids. We have depth and they are all strong, solid players.”
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