Undefeated Warriors rally to top Windjammers in 2OTNo. 8 Camden Hills led No. 1 foe midway through second half
Newport — The eighth-seeded Camden Hills field hockey team had top-ranked Nokomis of Newport on the ropes on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24 in the teams' Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game.
However, the undefeated Warriors, despite being down 1-0 to the Windjammers in the second half, weathered the storm and breathed a collective sigh of relief after they rallied for a 2-1 double-overtime victory.
Thus, Nokomis (15-0) now moves on to host No. 5 Belfast (8-7), which bested No. 4 Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (10-5) 2-1 in overtime in another quarterfinal, on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Camden Hills' season ended at 5-10.
"When we played Nokomis earlier this season it was close, and we knew that our playoff game would be too," said first-year Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement of the team's 2-0 loss Sept. 28 to the Warriors in Newport. "Our girls played phenomenally well [in this game] and I couldn't be prouder of them."
Taylor Shaw scored the game-winner with 3:12 left in the second overtime for Nokomis, while Drew Graves knotted the score with 9:01 remaining in regulation.
Willow Grinnell scored, on an assist from Emily Daggett, for Camden Hills, which put the visitors ahead with 13:08 left in the second half.
Desi Dodd made 14 saves on 18 shots in the cage for the 'Jammers, while Kendra Underhill made two saves on three shots in net for the Warriors.
Clement said her team "started the game out slow, but picked up momentum in the second half.
"We sent out the same 11 players to start the second half, but they looked and played like a completely different team."
The Windjammer defense was superb throughout, particularly in the first half, when the Warriors held a 20-0 edge in penalty corners. Nokomis held a 35-2 advantage in penalty corners by game's end.
Clement said the multiple corners were due to her team being called for multiple obstruction penalties, though the Windjammer defense weathered the storm in the first half as they held the Warriors scoreless.
"Holding off Nokomis from scoring on 35 corners says a lot about our defense, and also about the conditioning of our mids and forwards," she said.
With the typical field hockey field being 100 yards in length and six of the 11 players forced back to the 50-yard line at the onset of every penalty corner, the Windjammer midfielders and forwards collectively ran 1,750 yards on penalty corners alone in Thursday's game.
"Then to throw six of those girls back into two overtimes and have them perform at the level they did says a lot about their dedication," Clement said.
But, ultimately, the Warriors found a way to score when Shaw fired a low shot on goal and past Dodd for the game-winner.
The first-year coach said Dodd, who only had half a season of goaltending experience prior to this season, "has been awesome" for the 'Jammers.
Camden Hills will graduate two seniors — Addie Bragg and Ellie Pendleton — both of whom have been integral pieces of the team this year.
"Despite the [Thursday's] loss, the girls are proud of making it to playoffs and even prouder of how they played in regards to teamwork, sportsmanship, and skills," said Clement.
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