After a stellar first half, the Camden Hills boys lacrosse team lost to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 6-3 in Wednesday’s home-opening match 6-3, thanks mostly to being forced to play shorthanded defense in the second half.

“I think the first half of the game was great, it was great lacrosse,” said Camden Hills coach Josh Ledwith. “They moved the ball well, took a lot of shots on goal and scored a lot. “

For the winless Windjammers, Malcolm Steele, Max Mercier and Taylor Williams score a goal each and Weston Bryant and Andrew Flanagan each added an assist.

Marshall Crockett made 11 saves in goal. Camden Hills took 16 shots.

Sam Stone led Lincoln Academy (1-1) with three goals, while Josh Benner had two and Cole Domeyer one.

Ledwith said the second half is where the team fell apart. The ‘Jammers were plagued by penalties after halftime, which kept them shorthanded for a considerable time. He said they were two players down for more than five minutes thanks to 11 penalties through the second half.

“It really is hard to defend against when you only have four defenders on the field,” the coach said. “They were on the defense the second half because they had a lot of players in the penalty box and their anger got the best of them.”

Ledwith wants his team to learn from Wednesday’s game.

“I want them to learn that they have to take action instead of reacting to other kids comments and coach’s comments and let the refs do their job,” he said. “Focus on playing the game of lacrosse and not on things you can’t control.”

Camden Hills (0-3, no points) is ninth in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points for Eastern Class B, while Yarmouth (2-0, 5.2083 points) sits atop the region.

Jayvee results

The Camden Hills jayvees had better luck against the Eagles as the Windjammers downed their opponents 4-1.

Trueman Moore led the ‘Jammers with one goal and an assist, while Jack Orne, Jordan Tyler and Peter Vannorsdall each added a goal.

Evan Hannibal gave the home team a good start by winning three of five faceoffs.

“The jayvee ‘Jammers’ basic skills practiced repeatedly over the past three weeks pulled them through for the first win of the season,” said Camden Hills coach Mark Hannibal.

Looking ahead, Hannibal said the team’s next match, against South Portland, will be a challenge.

“It’s going to be a battle, but if we can pass the ball around the way we did today and keep it away from them we will come out on top,” the coach said.

On April 22 in Bath, a sunny day with brisk winds met the Windjammers for their season-opener as the host Shipbuilders topped the Windjammers 7-3.

Windjammer goals were scored by Crockett, Yanni Stancioff and Nik Marrin. Assists came from Crockett for two and Weston Bryant one. In the absence of the Windjammers’ regular goalie, Aiden Gordon, Moore “did a valiant job in the crease stopping multiple shots as the Windjammers tried to find their defensive legs,” said coach Hannibal.

The coach said the jayvees have a large squad, “which bodes well for the future of the lacrosse program at Camden Hills. Many young athletes with crossover talents from soccer and hockey have been playing for the YMCA middle school lacrosse league and have shown up their freshman year with great enthusiasm, focus and a drive for championship contention in the coming years as they move up to varsity.

“I am very pleased with the level of skill and competitive zeal the jayvee program is bringing to the field,” said Hannibal.

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