Windjammers freeze out Eagles in season-openerOrne's three goals, Lawson's five assists lead dominating offensive charge
Rockport — The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team was in a scoring mood against visiting Lincoln Academy of Newcastle Monday afternoon, April 28 in a match played under gray skies and cold early-spring wind. And, ultimately, the Windjammers' season-opener literally and figuratively proved a big score.
The home-standing Windjammers opened their 2014 campaign with a dominating 16-0 win over the Eagles on Don Palmer Field.
How dominant were the Windjammers?
The hosts took 40 shots and found the net on 16 of them. The team finished with 13 assists. Camden Hills secured 66 ground balls and won all 17 faceoffs, led by Connor Winchenbach with 10 and Jacob Chamberlain seven.
Nine players scored and seven added assists. Jack Orne tallied a hat trick with three goals and Parker Lawson chipped in five assists. Aidan Gordon earned the shutout in goal.
"Our team is stronger than ever, but we still have a long way to go," said Windjammer coach Mark Hannibal. "As the game becomes more popular, feeder programs proliferate everywhere. We are seeing kids showing up now as freshmen with four and five years experience already. That is blowing up our game. In a good way."
The coach said the Windjammers will host Morse of Bath on Wednesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. Camden Hills has yet to beat the Shipbuilders.
"That will be a test," Hannibal said. "We have yet to beat them, but this is the year."
Hannibal said the Windjammers have a strong and diverse coaching team consisting of he and jayvee coach Thad Chilton, as well as defensive coaches Thor Emory and Wade Ward, who will head the lacrosse program at The Pitch in Warren when it opens.
Additionally, Jim Ostheimer, a retired lacrosse mentor, and Eric Denny "round out a multi-faceted and driven coaching squad helping the kids take this program to an entirely new level," Hannibal said.
"It may be sooner than people think, that we are facing and beating teams from the southern part of the state where lacrosse has been big for a much longer time than it has been here," Hannibal said. "I have always believed in this team and this program. I think the kids are believing now too."
Additional statistical information from Monday's game will appear later with this story when it become available.
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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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