Third time's a charm: Windjammers knock off Rams in 2OTLawson scores game-winner in four-goal performance
Rockport — Camden Hills boys varsity lacrosse coach Mark Hannibal had to have conflicting feelings on Wednesday, June 4 at Don Palmer Field as his team rallied against visiting Cony to force overtime with the score knotted 9-9.
The Windjammers were 0-3 in overtime matches heading into Wednesday's encounter with the Rams. Two of those matches went to double-overtime and two of the three overtime matches, coincidentally, saw the score tied 9-9 heading into sudden death.
Windjammer senior Parker Lawson netted four goals — including the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the second overtime — as the hosts secured a Heal Point-worthy 10-9 win over the Class A Rams in their regular-season finale.
“I'm really stoked for him,” said Camden Hills coach Mark Hannibal of Lawson. “He's been practicing that shot fake followed up with a shot. It's like a double-triple pump move and he's really good at it. And this time everything just lined up for him. He got the ball, he was able to get to the crease and one-on-one, you can't stop him.”
Jonah Cameron also scored four goals for Camden Hills, while Simon Lydon and Jack Orne each scored one. Aiden Gordon played in goal for the Windjammers.
Camden Hills trailed 7-2 late in the third quarter but rallied to tie the match 7-7 early in the fourth. The Rams then seemed to take control with two unanswered goals but the Windjammers responded to force overtime.
Connor Winchenbach won 12 faceoffs and Jacob Chamberlain 10 for Camden Hills.
Despite Lawson's prowess and the four goals from Cameron, Hannibal stressed Wednesday' victory was a “team win.”
“There are 10 players on the field and it took all of them working and communicating with each other and the enthusiastic supportive spirit on the bench, and from the 'bleacher area,' that all contributed and brought this win to fruition,” the coach said.
Camden Hills will play a postseason match on Wednesday, June 11, time, venue and opponent to be determined.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-4, 63.1250 points) is sixth, while Maranacook/Winthrop (12-0, 155.0000 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Camden Hills jayvees also closed their season Wednesday with an impressive 5-3 win over the Rams. The victory topped a season that saw the Windjammers net a 7-1-1 record.
The Windjammers' successful campaign was a true team effort with every player seeing significant playing, said coach Thad Chilton.
The Windjammers include sophomores Alex Carver, Jacob Chamberlain, Jack Gallagher, Kai Hart, Jet Magri, Sully Nolan, Matthew Prescott, Joshua Reilly, Caleb Stern, Jack Uhll, Richard Vokey and freshmen Calvin Cameron, Will Davee, Connor Davis, Perrin Gantor, Kieran Lydon, Wilson McKay and Morgan Mercier.
The Windjammers led 2-1 after one quarter before the match was tied 2-2 at halftime and knotted 3-3 after three quarters.
Hart netted three goals and Lydon and Magri one for Camden Hills. Gallagher, Lydon and Nolan contributed assists.
Camden Hills finished with 16 shots on goal.
"The team showed real grit today in closing out with a victory against a very stout Cony squad," said Chilton.
The coach added, "End-of-school commitments and illness kept our numbers down again today with us suiting up only 11 players. Left with just one substitute we had to switch our attack and mid-lines at midpoint of each quarter, and we took our full compliment of timeouts for no other reason than to hydrate and get much needed breathers.
"The kind of tough-nosed determination our jayvee Windjammers displayed today is what has made this season such a rewarding experience. Our sophomores showed great leadership all season. Many thanks to coach Eric Denny for his experience and motivation on the sidelines during our jayvee campaign. We could not have seen this level of success without Eric's contribution."