Camden Hills lacrosse athletes were embroiled in their second matches of the 2022 season on Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26, and, when the dust settled, the Windjammers settle for competitive losses.

The Windjammer boys hosted Messalonskee of Oakland on Tuesday and fell 15-8 to an unbeaten opponent who had defeated its previous three foes 55-1.

On Monday, the Windjammer girls lost 12-6 at Brunswick.

Camden Hills’ Owen Hotchkin (30), among others. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Boys match

At Rockport, Messalonskee built leads of 6-2, 8-3 and 12-5 at the quarter breaks.

The Windjammers played strongly against the Eagles, who previously had beaten Mount Blue of Farmington 23-0, Gardiner 15-1 and Bangor 17-0. Messsalonskee is 4-0. Tuesday’s game was 8-5 with four minutes left in the third quarter before the visitors finished the frame with four straight goals.

Camden Hills had a player advantage before the visitors came up with a key defensive play and the quarter-ending four-goal push.

Messalonskee finished with a 30-21 advantage in shots.

Camden Hills’ Vanya Perevalov (12), among others. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

For Camden Hills, Willy Doehla (4 goals, 2 assists), Jakob Johnson (2 goals, assist), Jackson Fitch (2 goals, assist), Emmet Marshall (assist) and Logan Odone (assist) led the offense. Camden Powell made 15 saves in net for Camden Hills.

For Messalonskee, Brady Brunelle had five goals and two assists. Rhys Bridges (3 assists) and Will Durkee (assist) added three goals, while Walter Fegel had two goals and an assist and Bryce Crowell (4 assists) and Jack Kinney goals. Brady Doucette had two assists, and Ian McCurdy made five saves in net.

Windjammer seniors commented on the game:

Owen Cooper — “Messolanskee had a strong offensive game, especially on fast breaks playing the two-on-ones. We slept on defense in the beginning, but started playing aggressively as a team in the second quarter using our rotations. We can use this going forward to work countering fast breaks and getting after it early in the game.”

Camden Hills’ Christopher Cammelieri (36). Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Johnson — “We started off a bit slow around the whole field and took a couple goals from them and a couple turnovers on the attack side to get rolling, but we soon started to settle down after our first goal. Our ground balls were definitely not there today and usually they are the strong suit on our defensive end and I believe that’s where most of our struggle came from. Once we started winning the 50/50 battles we started controlling the game more in the offensive zone.

“Messalonskee had a very strong offense especially with fast breaks off the faceoff. Their faceoff midfielder [Bryce Crowell] is very talented  and does not lose the faceoff often. When he wins those faceoffs they are off and they are able to get guys alone with our goalie giving them a lot of chances. That gave them a lot of leverage throughout the entire game.

“It took a little bit of time, but once our defense and [midfielders] started winning the ground balls we were able to come up with fast breaks. Fast breaks with our offense is one of our strongest assets as we have an entire attack line that can finish on any goalie.”

Camden Hills’ Elias Libby (24), among others. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Rory Carlson — “It was our first real opponent since last year and they had us on our heels during the beginning of the game. They had a strong fast-break game and were able to capitalize on it multiple times. We also struggled on our ground balls and some fundamentals during the beginning of the game.

“As the game progressed we started to work harder and smarter which paid off. We were able to clear the ball from the defensive zone and maintain possession on offense. At times our offense was on point making the easy help pass after drawing the slide to put the ball in the net.”

“The game was by no means a blowout, it was a battle throughout all four quarters. Though we didn’t win, it became an important learning experience for us. We were able to vastly improve our game and it’s going to help us in the future.”

Willy Doehla — “The offense played well today for it being our second game after a two-week break. The game started off slow with a lot of dropped passes and turnovers. But, the offense slowly came together and scored a few goals. Our offense lacked possession time and was forcing the crease today. But, that will be a main focus for the rest of the year. The Messalonskee team played very well and they are a very good test for our team. Very excited to see how our Camden Hills team does for the rest of the season.”

Jackson Fitch — “Messalonskee has the best defensive unit in the north, easily, so it was a big challenge for us to put up points against them. They also were extremely efficient in transition catching us man down on the defensive end more than once.

“It took us a minute to wake up, and actually get into the game as a team … but once we did get into it the momentum of the game shifted slightly and we felt like we could compete with these guys. Once we actually got the ball and ran our offense, we put the ball in the net. This game was a huge learning experience for us on both ends of the field… we just have to really focus on the little things, efficient offense, and of course limiting turnovers.

“I hope we see them again in the playoffs. Standout players on the defensive end were Camden Powell in net, Logan Odone and Elias Libby causing havoc off the faceoffs, Rory Carlson, Owen Cooper, and Owen Hotchkins really held us in this game on the defensive end. For offense, Willy Doehla, Jacob Johnson, and Jackson Fitch were able to make an impact on a very tough defensive unit.”

Girls match

At Brunswick, the Dragons built a 9-3 halftime advantage and doubled up the Windjammers 12-6 by the end of the match.

For Camden Hills, Ella Powers (2 goals, assist), Lila Hall (goal), Grace Westbrock (goal), Georgia Heintzman (goal), Britta Denny (goal) and Bella Ward (assist) keyed the offense.

For Brunswick, Elizabeth Putnam led with five goals.

“The first part of the first half showed us playing with them well, we had some adjusting to the style of play,” said Windjammer coach Wade Ward. “Lack of touches over [school] break was a big factor for us in this game. We couldn’t take care of the ball and we had a tough time putting together our passes. You’re bound to have a tough day when you can’t connect consistently or protect your sticks.

“Brunswick had some good bench numbers and jayvee numbers; an overall program with some numbers. They played aggressive and moved to double the ball hard and put a good deal of pressure on ballcarriers. They also moved with intention defensively.”

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