ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team has had a remarkable start to the 2022 campaign, with six wins in seven matches.

As of Monday, May 16, the Windjammers were seventh in the 16-team Class B statewide ranks, with their only loss to No. 2 Messalonskee of Oakland.

In recent matches, the Windjammers beat Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield/Nokomis of Newport 17-3 on Saturday, May 14, Erskine Academy of South China 14-4 on Tuesday, May 10, Mount Blue of Farmington 8-2 on Saturday, May 7, Cheverus of Portland 12-3 on Saturday, April 30 and Maranacook of Readfield/Winthrop 9-4 on Thursday, April 28.

In the team’s first six games, Willy Doehla (23 goals, 8 assists), Jackson Fitch (12 goals, 10 assists), Jakob Johnson (11 goals, 7 assists) and Emmet Marshall (5 goals, 8 assists) led the offense, as the squad tallied 62 goals and had 47 assists in that span. Elias Libby led with 32 ground balls and Rory Carlson had 23 ground balls. Logan Odone won 40 faceoffs. In net, Camden Powell made 59 saves on 87 shots.

Against Erskine Academy, Camden Hills led 4-1, 11-3 and 12-3 at the quarter breaks. Doehla (5 goals, 2 assists), Marshall (goal, 3 assists), Bennett Gardner (goal), Jackson Fitch (3 goals, 2 assists), Johnson (3 goals, assist) and Eben Fagonde (goal) keyed the offense. Carlson had 10 ground balls, Powell made 15 saves and Logan Odone won nine faceoffs.

Camden Hills also beat Mount Blue 8-2, as the Windjammers led 1-0, 3-1 and 6-2 at the breaks.

Doehla (3 goals, 2 assists), Quinn Riordan (2 goals, assist), Johnson (goal), Jackson Fitch (goal, assist) and Finlay Fitch (goal, assist) led the offense. Carlson had seven ground balls and Odone six. Odone won his eight faceoffs and Powell made 13 saves.

Against Cheverus, the Windjammers led 3-0, 5-1 and 9-1 at the breaks.

For the Windjammers, Doehla (5 goals), Finlay Fitch (3 goals, 2 assists), Jackson Fitch (2 goals, 2 assists), Johnson (goal, 2 assists), Fagonde (goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls), Marshall (2 assists), Owen McManus (assist), Libby (12 ground balls), Owen Hotchkin (4 ground balls), Carlson (3 ground balls), Odone (won 15-of-17 faceoffs) and Powell (8 saves, ground ball) led the way.

The Windjammers led 28-15 in shots.

Camden Hills also won the jayvee game 4-0, as Arthur Hinsch (4 saves) recorded the shutout in net. Aiden Aselton (2 goals), Eben Weislogel (goal), Bennett Gardner (goal) and Roan Aldridge-Peacock (3 assists) keyed the offense.

Against Maranacook of Readfield/Winthrop on the turf field at Kents Hill, the match was tied 1-1 nd 3-3 at the first two breaks, before the Windjammers led 5-3 after three.

Doehla (4 goals, assist, 4 ground balls), Jackson Fitch (2 goals, 2 assists, 9 ground balls), Marshall (2 goals, 2 assists), Johnson (goal, assist), Riordan (assist), Libby (7 ground balls) and Odone (4 ground balls) and Fagonde (4 ground balls).

In net for the Windjammers, Powell had 11 saves and three ground balls.

Camden Hills led 33-25 in shots.

The following are comments from Camden Hills players about recent matches:

Owen Cooper for the Maranacook game: “Maranacook was the most physical attack we’ve faced this year. They were able to put a few points up on us, especially on fast breaks. Our team started off slow on both ends of the field, but after the second quarter we were able to start maintaining possessions and playing physical defense.”

Logan Odone on Cheverus. “We played very well as a team. I think we still have some very mild little things to fix, but, for the most part, varsity players played well. I was very happy this morning with everyone getting off the bus and ready to play. We took a good lead for players to feel confident and willing to work the ball around. We also were on our toes most the game drawing good fakes/dodges and getting to the ball fast when we were on the defensive side of the play. We also had some fast breaks off faceoffs and worked the ball around the creases better than I’ve seen in the games this year. We had some good looks on the crease. We just need to keep the passes up higher.”

Elias Libby: “Our defense has been slow to pick up since the beginning of the season, but after playing Messalonskee we took off. The fast breaks have been getting shut down and goals against have decreased by a lot. We are looking forward to see what we can do for the rest of the season and can’t wait for another shot against Messalonskee.”

Eben Fagonde for Cheverus game: “It was the last game of a hard week, playing Messalonskee at home, who was our toughest opponent last year, and Maranacook, who also gave us a good game on the road. Our biggest fear coming into the game was getting off the bus slow, but we had a lot of energy before the game and started off strong controlling most of the possessions in the first quarter. We got rolling in the second half starting with Willy Doehla scoring two quick goals and Finlay Fitch completing the hat trick in his first high school lacrosse game as a freshman. We made big improvements with our defensive clears and offensive spacing. Our junior varsity team also got a win with their first-time goalie Arthur Hinsch recording a shutout in a 4 to 0 win. All around it was a great week of lacrosse.”

Jackson Fitch for Cheverus game: “Fun battle against Cheverus today, a lot of good things offensively and defensively, but just as many little things we need to work on … Once again, we really started to get in an offensive groove in the second half. I think if we can play well right out of the gate, we will be able to put up a lot more on the scoreboard.

“Defensively, we rotated well today and we completely controlled the ground ball and possession game, which are huge momentum shifters. Logan Odone and Elias Libby won nearly every faceoff for us. We need to bring that calmness handling the ball with us into our next games.”

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