The Camden Hills lacrosse team has battled to a win and two losses in the early going of the 2013 spring campaign, with the Windjammers' latest match being a 7-2 loss to visiting Maranacook/Winthrop on Friday, April 19.

For the Windjammers, Jonah Cameron finished with a goal and assist and Marshall Spear a goal. Clark Thomas made six saves in goal for the hosts.

Camden Hills coach Matthew Speno said Simon Lydon and Jake Davee both had four ground balls and Connor Winchenbach five faceoffs.

Maranacook/Winthrop is the combination of the Black Bears of Readfield and the Ramblers of Winthrop. The team is called the Hawks.

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Camden Hills coach Mark Hannibal said starting a season the same week as spring school vacation "certainly provides some challenges, not the least of which is a depleted roster." But, despite the Windjammers' player deficit, the team forged to a 1-1 record by week's end.

The first contest versus Lawrence of Fairfield "found us a bit flat-footed" and the Bulldogs won 8-2. "The jayvee program has started to reap the benefits of having a strong feeder program, thanks to the [Penobscot Bay] YMCA, so we have some new players to the high school who have a strong understanding of the game and good field awareness as well as some nimble stick skills," the coach said. "I think, though, the boys were a bit surprised at the level of competitive play and physical contact they faced. Consequently, we were overpowered."

But on Friday, April 19, the team was ready to battle Maranacook/Winthrop. "Many of the jayvee players had significant minutes playing in the varsity game, but still found the strength and courage to drive home a hard-fought 7-5 win for the 'Jammers," the coach said. The match was knotted 3-3 at halftime and the Windjammers trailed during the third quarter, but were able to regain the lead "thanks to improved communication, competent passing, catching and a deep commitment to not give up."

Tristan See led Camden Hills with three goals, which is a hat trick. Nic Walker added two goals and Jake Davee and Sean Beacham both one. Beacham earned his goal the "hard way by driving to the crease, rebounding his own missed shot and shooting again, finding net. All guts," the coach said.

Davee led the team in recovering ground balls, "a difficult endeavor," the coach said.

Caleb Stern manned the goal for the first time, as he deflected close to two dozen shots, the coach said. Maranacook/Winthrop's offense was good, "but our defense was better. We have some football players, like Kaylo Littlejohn, who know how to protect."

"I look forward to seeing where this new group of young players will take the team," coach Hannibal said. "Things certainly are looking up for the 'Jammer lacrosse program."

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