After losing 13 seniors to graduation, including four of its most talented all-around leaders, the Camden Hills Regional High School girls lacrosse team has its work cut out for it this spring.

However, co-coaches Jen Johnson, in her third year, and Nell Alexander, in her fifth year, look forward to a strong season with a competitive group of student-athletes.

The Windjammers include seniors Marnie Merrill, Alanah Brannan, Rebecca Stouamyer, and Maddie Buckley; juniors Julie Beauchesne, Paige Kooyenga, Mia Maddox, Laura Johanson, Olivia Surprise, Emma Young and Justina Marriner; sophomores Kristina Alex, Libby Simpkins, Hannah Brownawell, Nichole Wils, Margaux Scott, Claire Horne, Megan LeGage, Alice Flint, Sarah Scott, Chealsea Hunter, Haley Williams and Caroline Matteo; and freshmen Addie Drinkwater Lea Smith, Zia Sulick, Addie Bragg, Cassandra Crippen, Brittani Winslow, Kiera Haining, Kaelyn Williams, Grace Hayward and Dakota Ledwith.

The team opened the season with a strong offensive showing in an 11-10 loss to visiting Lincoln Academy of Newcastle April 22.

Johnson said even though the Windjammers lost standout players such as Katie McHenry, Monica Doucette, Allie Holmes and Sarah Leidinger to graduation, the squad should be strong this year.

The team also lost Eleanor Coleman, Rachelle Grenert, Adrienne Horne, Hillary Morrison, Nicole Sparswick, Caty Stahl, Tooley Brogan, Jessica Uges and Hillary Gordon to graduation.

The coach wants to take what the team had last year and improve on it — despite the losses.

“We are hoping to build on the foundation we established last season, with younger players stepping up and contributing on both ends of the field, and having our efforts translate into a consistent, competitive level of competition,” Johnson said.

Part of that competition will come from leaders like Merrill and Buckly, who the coach said will spearhead the attack. At midfield, she hopes Maddox, Johanson, Alex and Brownawell will take charge. LeGage, Brannan and Stouamyer, the team’s goalie, should take charge on the defensive end.

Overall, the team’s strengths are its speed and endurance, “as we have some amazing athletes on this team,” Johnson said. However, she said that, as always, the team wants to focus efforts on fundamentals and improving communication and execution.

The ‘Jammers also will face obstacles on the field from strong opponents, but Johnson feels they can overcome.

“Aside from competing in a tough league against teams with some well-established feeder programs, our biggest challenge will be to put forth a consistent effort from start to finish in our games,” Johnson said.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at fritz@villagesoup.com.