ROCKPORT — After a slower than usual start to the season, the Camden Hills girls lacrosse team appears to have found its bearings with another win and a tough-luck, hard-fought loss, both at home.

The Windjammers built a 10-2 halftime advantage and maintained that offensive pressure for a 14-4 win over Erskine Academy of South China on Monday, May 16 at Don Palmer Field.

Camden Hills’ Jaden Johnson, front, and McKinley “Roo” Boestch. Photo by Ken Waltz

Ella Powers (4 goals, assist), Lila Hall (4 goals), Anna Griebel (goal, 3 assists), Britta Denny (2 goals), Jaden Johnson (goal), Georgia Heintzman (goal), Lea Zwecker (goal, assist) and Elsie Hildreth (assist) paced the Windjammer offense.

Camden Hills has won four of 10 matches this spring.

Camden Hills’ Sofia Howell, left, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

“This game gave us a great opportunity to work on our communications and our clears,” said Camden Hills coach Wade Ward. “They provided good ride pressure and we were able to connect on a higher number of passes and possess the ball and that is where we need to be as we get deeper in the season.

Camden Hills’ Anna Griebel, middle, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Having the opportunity to play against different defensive pressure and looks challenged the offense to try and stay balanced and try to pass around the defense while also working on building individual confidence in the dodge. We were able to go deeper into the bench and give those girls the opportunity to play some significant varsity minutes, which is incredibly important for the program.”

Camden Hills’ Elsie Hildreth, right, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Windjammers got back at it on Friday, May 20 in an 8-6 loss to visiting Gardiner. The Tigers led 7-4 at halftime and held on for the two-goal victory.

Camden Hills’ McKinley “Roo” Boetsch, left, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

For the hosts, Johnson (3 goals), Griebel (2 goals), Elsie Hildreth (assist), Anna Hildreth (assist) and Hall (goal) keyed the offense. As usual, McKinley “Roo” Boetsch (15 saves) was a rock in net.

“This was just a fantastic game today,” said coach Ward. “Both goalies doing a great job on the saves end. Defensively they caught us quick, but the girls made some great on-field adjustments and at halftime. Offensively, it was good to see our girls attack their defense and look to be patient in finding their looks. Clearing the ball and transitioning against our schedule has been tough but each day our girls are getting better at slowing it down when they need to or attack a gap if they have it. Our opponents have done a great job of providing good pressure all season long and today wasn’t any different. Today was a great gut-check day for our small bench and I felt our girls responded well.”

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