ROCKLAND — It is said a rising tide lifts all boats, but in a high school girls lacrosse match between nautically-themed neighbors on Friday afternoon, May 13, it was the visiting Windjammers buoyed by a wave of goals against the host Mariners.

Camden Hills sailed to a significant first-half lead and increased that margin to 18-0 in a regular-season win over young, inexperienced, but improving Oceanside.

Camden Hills’ Ella Powers, left, and Oceanside’s Caitlyn Lamb. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Windjammers, annually one of the top programs in the state, also have worked through a regrouping season, but have secured three wins in eight matches. The Mariners are 0-5 on the 2022 campaign.

Friday’s match started with apparent calm waters, but the Windjammers eventually pulled up anchor and filled their sails as the visitors used their patented accurate team passing, patience and attacking offense to put the ball in the net. Camden Hills had 10 players score.

Camden Hills’ Britta Denny, left, and Jaden Johnson, middle, along with Oceanside’s Sophie Daggett. Photo by Ken Waltz

Lila Hall paced the Windjammers with four goals, while Jaden Johnson added three goals; Britta Denny, Lucy Cohen and Lea Zwecker, two; and Georgia Heintzman, Elise Hildreth, Anna Hildreth, Sofia Howell and Ella Powers, one. Hall, Denny, Heintzman, Zwecker, Cohen, Powers, Elsie Hildreth added assists.

McKinley “Roo” Boetsch made eight saves in net for the Windjammers and Winter Adams seven stops in goal for the Mariners.

Camden Hills’ Lila Hall, left, and Oceanside’s Winter Adams. Photo by Ken Waltz

Windjammer coach Wade Ward said the fact Oceanside has strong numbers of players is “great for Midcoast lacrosse going forward.” He added the Mariners “had some younger players as well and that gave both teams the opportunity to get some girls different looks on the field. They did a great job of pressuring us on our transition. Today gave our girls an opportunity to explore some different looks offensively and was instrumental in providing us that real-time example. We were able to capitalize on some one-on-ones, but, more importantly, girls were getting their heads up and seeing that one more pass.”

Camden Hills’ Elsie Hildreth, left, and Oceanside’s Natalee Hitz. Photo by Ken Waltz

Mariner coach Angie Vachon said her squad controlled of the ball in the early going and even had several shots on goal. But, from that point, the Windjammers’ talent and experience took over.

Vachon said Sophie Daggett, with her height advantage, “did wonderful for her team at center” and “Sophie Vose had crowd-pleasing play with three interceptions, fast feet and being quick to guard her player. Ada Marves [had] some awesomely-strong defensive work … Nina Black did a nice job taking and going to open field space, sticking with ground ball contention and stick work.

“Aubryn Knowlton continues her work to step hard off the circle, contest ground balls and be in the right space at the right time. Natalee Hitz had a nice strong goal, but as games can go, a shooting-space violation was called, so she was awarded a penalty shot up against an always-ready McKinley Boetsh, who saved the ball for her team, making this contest a shutout for the Mariners.”

Eagles snare wins over Windjammers

Camden Hills dropped a pair of recent matches, including 9-6 to Messalonskee of Oakland on May 9 and 7-6 to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle on May 6.

Against the Eagles of Oakland, Anna Griebel and Hall tallied two goals and Heintzman one for the Windjammers. Cohen added an assist.

Camden Hills’ Anna Griebel. Photo by Ken Waltz

“This was a long stretch without a practice for us and that is going to be tough when facing a coach Leavitt team,” said coach Ward. “Her girls are usually prepared well defensively and good, solid lacrosse basics.”

He said Boetsch “had a big night” with 12 saves and “I think our defense came up big with some great team-style and one-on-one defense. Offensively, we had a tough time dealing with the Messalonskee’s defense and finding a rhythm.”

Against the Eagles of Newcastle, Powers tallied three goals and Denny, Cohen and Hall one. Griebel added an assist and Boetsch made seven saves in net.

Oceanside’s Grace Webber, middle, along with Camden Hills’ Georgia Heintzman, left, and Lucy Cohen. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Lincoln Academy’s ballcarrier did a good job protecting her stick and proved difficult for us to slow down without consequence” Ward said. “That’s on us, though. We have the athletes to deal with that but it took us too long to make the adjustment. We had a really tough time connecting on passes and moving the ball around and when that happens you are going to have a tough day. But I also feel like sometimes the girls and I need to have games like that to try and refocus.”