High school girls lacrosse

Camden Hills caps season with strong offensive showing

Young Windjammers finish out of playoff picture, but race past Rams in finale
By Staff | Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Marykate Pons, left, moves the ball against Bangor's Brielle Biehn on May 31 in a high school girls lacrosse match. The host Windjammers beat the Rams 17-2.

Rockport — The Camden Hills girls lacrosse team’s season officially has wound to a close. And while the young Windjammers will not qualify for the postseason, they did end their campaign on a high note with their high-powered offense fully on display.

The Windjammers sailed to a 17-2 win over Bangor on Thursday, May 31, while they also dropped a 15-13 road decision on Friday, May 25 against Erskine Academy of South China. Additionally, Camden Hills also lost to visiting Winslow 20-12 on Monday, May 21.

Coach Wade Ward, who previously coached the boys team before taking the girls program this season, said “these girls were an amazing group.”

“They worked incredibly hard through the long ‘in-the-gym’ practice season, absolutely no complaints for our rainy-cold practice sessions outside and were ready to go out and compete for every varsity [and] junior varsity game,” he said. “Along with coach Johanna Billington, who played a pivotal role in helping with my transition this year. It was an emotional end to our fast, short season. But, now with one season under my belt, I now better know what to expect and we've already gotten back to work on finding other ways to prepare next year’s team.”

The following is a recap of three recent matches:

Camden Hills 17, Bangor 2

At Rockport May 31, the Windjammers ended their season on a high note with a lopsided win over the Rams. Camden Hills held an 11-2 halftime edge.

Leading the Camden Hills offense were Sarah Contento (5 goals, 2 assists), Sofia Mott (goal), Olivia Powers (5 goals, assist), Ruby Cohen (goal), Alexia Cazemajou (goal, assist), Audrey Heriz-Smith (2 goals, 3 assists), Hazel Delehey (goal, assist) and Ashlee McIntosh (goal).

Ward said the Rams “scored right away [and] pretty handily, [but] our girls made some quick corrections and started to make things happen.”

“Defensively we started to pressure out on the ball and not allow them so much freedom,” said Ward. “Our girls did a great job in the midfield to pressure Bangor’s clears. We were pretty aggressive on ground balls and not conceding the passes and our girls weren't going to be out-hustled or outworked.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B, Camden Hills (2-10, 6.1111 points) finished 15th, while Yarmouth (10-2, 186.6667 points) finished first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Erskine Academy 15, Camden Hills 13

At South China May 25, the Eagles soared past the Windjammers in a high-scoring affair. The squads were knotted 7-7 at halftime.

Leading the Windjammer offense were Sarah Contento (3 goals, assist), Olivia Powers (3 goals), Audrey Heriz-Smith (goal, assist), Anya Babb-Brott (goal), Ava Baeza (goal), Ryan Hart (2 goals, assist), Caroline Contento (2 goals) and Hazel Delehey (2 assists.

Maddie Boetsch made seven saves in net for Camden Hills.

“The second half was much like the first with a lot of back-and-forth,” said Ward. “We had moments where we could shut down their clear and attack and other moments where we could not manage the ball and defend correctly. Ultimately, with over five minutes left and up two goals, Erskine [Academy] started to stall. Which I took as a compliment to our girls, but also frustrating.”

Winslow 20, Camden Hills 12

At Rockport May 21, the Windjammers could not keep pace with the Black Raiders. Winslow led 15-7 at halftime

For Camden Hills, Sarah Contento tallied four goals and an assist, Audrey Heriz-Smith and Ruby Cohen, two goals; Caroline Contento, Ashlee McIntosh, Olivia Powers and Sophia Mott, a goal; and Powers, Alexia Cazamajou and Anya Babb-Brott, an assist. Maddie Boetsch played in goal.

For Winslow, Silver Cluckey tallied eight goals; Sarah Stevens, four goals and two assists; Alyssa Currie and Hailey Grenier, three goals; and Sara Doughty and Taylor Rodriquez, one goal.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Marykate Pons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Hazel Delehey, right, and Bangor's Brielle Biehn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Hazel Delehey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Ava Baeza, right, and Ryan Hart, back, along with Bangor's Giovanna Tompkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Ava Baeza, right, and Ryan Hart, back, along with Bangor's Giovanna Tompkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Ava Baeza, right, and Ryan Hart, back, along with Bangor's Giovanna Tompkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Claire Pierce, right, Bangor's Allie Hayward. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Claire Pierce, right, Bangor's Allie Hayward. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Camden Hills' Ava Baeza, right, Bangor's Brielle Biehn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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