High school field hockey

Black's two goals leads Mariners past Windjammers in tight sticky clash

Oceanside, Camden Hills fight for playoff lives with postseason around corner
By Zack Miller | Oct 10, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Oceanside's Vandrielli Barcellos, left, and Camden Hills' Alyssa Bland race down the field on Oct. 8 in high school field hockey in Rockland. The Mariners beat the Windjammers 2-1.

Rockland — As the high school field hockey regular season comes to a close, teams playoff hopes rise or fall with each win or loss, more-so than at the beginning of the season. And, when two Midcoast schools clash with valuable Heal Points on the line, a back-and-forth battle often ensues.

Oceanside and Camden Hills fit that narrative as the area athletic rivals met at Oceanside High School on Tuesday, Oct. 8, as the Windjammers clung to the final playoff spot in Class A North, while the Mariners needed a victory to help their playoff cause in Class B North.

Oceanside's postseason chances rose, while Camden Hills' fell, after the hosts held off a Windjammer push in the final minute in a 2-1 victory.

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The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Oceanside's offense was led by Colette Black, who scored both goals for the hosts.

Alyssa Bland tallied the Windjammers' only goal, which was unassisted.

Camden Hills held a 6-5 advantage in shots and 12-4 advantage in penalty corners.

Vicki Balla stopped four shots in the cage for the Windjammers, while Alexa Barstow recorded 11 saves for Oceanside.

"I thought both teams played well," said Mariner coach Joanna Hall. "It's always a special game when we play our friends from Camden [Hills]. Both teams [are] fighting for a playoff spot, so we knew it was going to be a hard-fought game from both teams.

"We've got four games left [heading into the Camden Hills' game], and those four games could give us a really good chance at getting that number eight playoff spot. We know we are playing these games for a [postseason birth]."

"Today we didn’t play our game," said Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement. "Although we controlled play in the midfield all game, we weren’t successful on either end. Offensively, we were slow with our movement and that didn’t allow us many shooting opportunities. Defensively, we didn’t pressure enough in the circle, and that resulted in Oceanside’s two goals."

Both team's offenses did not find their footing for the majority of the first half, but settled in as time wound down.

Oceanside had a chance to take the lead with seven minutes remaining in the opening half, but Julia Bartlett's shot sailed wide left of the cage.

Just over a minute later, Oceanside's Amanda Frost fired the ball toward the cage, as Maria Protheroe corralled the pass and put a shot on goal, which was kicked out to the right side by Balla. Black gained possession, shot, and found the left side of the cage to put the hosts up 1-0.

"When the ball went by, I tried to pass it to the top, but the way [Balla] was standing I was trying to get [the ball] through a little crack, so I had to flick it as hard as I could and hope I could make it [in]," said Black.

"Black has good stick skills," said Hall. "She loves to score, but she's been a little frustrated, because it's not as easy to score [at the high school varsity] level than middle school, so it's been an adjustment for her. Things are coming together for her now, and it's nice to see her get a couple of goals."

With 2:05 to play before halftime the Windjammers tied the score.

Off a penalty corner, Bland gained control of the ball and shot a heater which went between the legs of Barstow.

Camden Hills carried the momentum into the second half, as Greta Bishop chased down a loose ball a step before it went out of bounds, passed directly in front of the cage where Lulu Lydon waited, but Barstow was half a step quicker and made the save.

The shots for the visitors continued to pour in on Barstow off penalty corners and good passes, but the Mariner goalie held strong.

"Lydon, Bishop and Bland worked well on offense," said Clement. "[Bland's] ability to control and advance the ball is phenomenal. [Bishop] did a great job possessing the ball and worked hard to get us corners.

"Sophia Campbell was the rock of our team and played a strong game today. [Campbell] consistently tackled cleanly, dodged successfully and moved the ball down the field. Ani Reinwand also played a stellar game in the midfield. Her speed and positioning broke up many of their plays."

The momentum swung back to the hosts at the 18:32-mark, when Frost forced a turnover in her own end, and passed to Black in stride. The freshman snaked her way through the Windjammer defense and fired a shot on goal, which deflected off a Camden Hills stick into the cage.

"A good breakaway goal is always nice," said Black. "The second goal was better because I [had] a large breakaway with a lot of space [to work]. Plus it wound up as the game-winner."

The next 17 minutes and 30 seconds saw the opponents go back and forth across the field, but Camden Hills attempted to mount a comeback in the final minute.

The Windjammers forced two penalty corners, but could not get a shot off, as the Mariner defense held strong to pull out the gritty victory.

"I think we pulled through like we needed too," said Black. "We've had a rough start to the season, but now we are picking it back up hoping to get into the playoffs. I think [this win] gives us a big confidence boost. It leads us [to think] we can get the win [each game].

"We didn't have much confidence as a team, but now that we are passing and working together we have a lot more confidence going into the next game."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (3-8, 9.6939 points) is 10th, while Winslow (11-1, 96.2873 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (3-9-1, 19.5918 points) is 10th, while Skowhegan (11-0, 130.1020 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

Camden Hills at Oceanside field hockey
Scenes from Camden Hills at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school field hockey in Rockland. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Colette Black, left, and Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Young, left, and Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Alyssa Bland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Haley Black, left, and Amanda Frost, front, as well as Camden Hills' Lulu Lydon. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Haley Black, left, Lydia Laslavic, middle, and Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Lydia Laslavic. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kyla Taylor, left, and Lulu Lydon, middle, as well as Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Lulu Lydon, front, and Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost, left, and Camden Hills' Greta Bishop, back, and Lulu Lydon. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost, left, and Camden Hills' Greta Bishop, back, and Lulu Lydon. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Gail Curtis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Gail Curtis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Vandrielli Barcellos, left, and Camden Hills' Alyssa Bland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Vandrielli Barcellos, left, and Camden Hills' Alyssa Bland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Vandrielli Barcellos, middle, and Amanda Frost, left, as well as Camden Hills' Alyssa Bland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Vandrielli Barcellos, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Grace Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Grace Young. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Julia Bartlett, front, and Camden Hills' Greta Bishop. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Julia Bartlett. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Colette Black, left, and Audrey Young, right, as well as Camden Hills' Lulu Lydon, back left, and Kyla Taylor. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Gail Curtis, left, and Ani Reinwand, right, as well as Oceanside's Colette Black. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Gail Curtis, left, and Oceanside's Colette Black. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand, left, and Oceanside's Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand, front, and Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand, left, and Oceanside's Amanda Frost, left, and Vandrielli Barcellos, back. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Erin Stevenson, front, and Camden Hills' Molly Shook. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell, left, and Oceanside's Erin Stevenson, middle, and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Haley Black, middle, as well as Camden Hills' Claudine Webber, left, and Lulu Lydon, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Claudine Webber, front, and Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Claudine Webber, front, and Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Julia Bartlett, left, and Camden Hills' Claudine Webber. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Alexa Barstow. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Greta Bishop. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Julia Bartlett, right, as well as Camden Hills' Greta Bishop, middle, and Katie Thorn. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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