High school boys lacrosse

Camden Hills continues to battle foes hard despite tough losses

By Staff | May 13, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Levi Guay, middle, and Jackson Fitch (24), among another, against Maranacook on May 9 in high school boys lacrosse in Rockport. The Black Bears beat the Windjammers 14-1.

Rockport — The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team has been dealt a trio of high school match losses to talented opponent in recent days, which included a 12-8 road defeat at the hands of Freeport on Saturday, May 11, as well as a 14-1 home loss to Maranacook of Readfield on Thursday, May 9.

The Windjammers also came up on the short end of a 14-7 loss to North Yarmouth Academy on Saturday, May 4.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Freeport 12, Camden Hills 8

At Freeport May 11, the Falcons handed the Windjammers their fifth straight defeat. Freeport led 6-5 at halftime and 7-6 at the end of the third quarter.

The Windjammer offense was led by Bryce Tyler (2 goals, assist), Kieran McGrath (2 goals, assist), Nolan Delehey (goal), Jackson Fitch (goal), Caellen Roberts (goal), Noah Quesnel (goal), Charlie Griebel (2 assists) and Levi Guay (assist).

James Lynch made five saves in net for Camden Hills.

Sam Larochelle (4 goals, 6 assists) led the hosts' offensive barrage, while Evan Owen (3 goals) and Steel Crawford (2 goals, 2 assists) had strong showings.

The Windjammers had a three-minute illegal stick penalty to the start the fourth quarter, which the visitors killed off, but also "led to a long quarter of playing defense in their own end," said Windjammer coach Harrison Rogers.

Camden Hills ended up receiving four more penalties in the final quarter, as the Windjammers tried to regain the ball with pressure defense.

“The three-minute illegal stick penalty was a huge blow to start the fourth quarter. We had the momentum at the end of the third with a late goal by Caellen Roberts [with the assist coming from] Charlie Griebel, [which] cut Freeport’s lead to one. Even though we killed off the three-minute penalty, this stopped our offensive momentum, and we ended up being in a defensive position the whole fourth quarter trying to get the ball back for extra offensive possessions.”

Freeport capitalized on the Windjammers' miscues, as the Falcons scored four man-up goals during the game, with a total of eight minutes of playing with a player advantage, off of six Camden Hills penalties.

The Windjammers had three minutes of play with a man advantage, off five Freeport penalties, but did not score.

“This was the best overall game we have played all season long in the offensive, defensive, and midfield ends," said Rogers. "We played a very good five win and two loss Freeport team that has one of the best attack lines we have faced all year long.

"Our offense was dodging hard, drawing slides, getting the ball to the weak side for our secondary dodges, and finding open teammates with feeds off those dodges. The ball was moving after our initial dodge, and we were patient and selective with our feeds and shots. With our young team this season, we have forced a lot of plays and have turned the ball over quickly in offensive possessions. Today, we had some great possessions, and really dictated what was happening in the offensive end.”

“The Freeport attack line is one of the best in the state. Andrew Orne, Dylan Hastings, Owen Cooper and Taylor Wesbrock did a great job holding Freeport’s attack at bay, but we took too many penalties in the fourth quarter trying to win back the ball, and Freeport’s attack capitalized on their chances.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B, Camden Hills (1-6, 10.2778 points) is ninth, while Yarmouth (5-2, 58.8889 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maranacook 14, Camden Hills 1

At Rockport May 9, the Black Bears went on the offensive early and surged past the Windjammers. Maranacook led 7-0 at halftime.

Willy Doehla scored the lone goal, off an assist from Levi Guay,for the hosts, while Collin Adair (5 goals), Skyler Boucher (3 goals, assist), Garit Leliberte (3 goals), Owen Austin (goal, assist), Jacob Sousa (2 goals) and Thomas Thornton (3 assists) keyed the visitors.

James Lynch made 21 saves in goal for the hosts.

“Maranacook was bigger, stronger, and faster then us today, but we battled and we did not give up,” said coach Harrison Rogers. "We had a few times that we got run over by some of their senior players, but we hopped up and kept on competing. It was a tough game for us between the restraining boxes where we could not gain as many possessions as we wanted. The Maranacook team is very patient and did not force any bad passes or shots. This kept the ball out of our offensive sticks for three quarters of the game.”

Rogers said his young team, despite running into topnotch, senior-laden foes, has remained upbeat and learns from each contest.

“I am looking forward to putting together a complete team effort in the next few games,” he said. “We are having our bumps this year, but our young team is staying positive and competing with some tough Maine competition.”

North Yarmouth Academy 14, Camden Hills 7

At Yarmouth May 4, the Panthers doubled up the visiting Windjammers.

Leading the Camden Hills offense were Bryce Tyler (3 goals, assist), Levi Guay (goal, 2 assists), Matt Sewall (goal), Nolan Delehey (goal) and Caellen Roberts (goal).

For NYA, Mason Parks (6 goals, assist), Xander Kostelnik (2 goals), Ryan Baker (2 goals, assist), Nathan Losiel (goal), Cameron Goodrich (2 goals) and Cooper Hogan (goal, assist) paced the offense.

James Lynch made eight saves in net for the Windjammers.

Coach Harrison Rogers said Tyler “was an inspirational leader on the field and off the field during the game.”

“Bryce continues to have a stellar senior year at Camden Hills and his leadership abilities have been such a positive for this young team,” he said. “Bryce was unstoppable one versus one and our team can always count on Bryce for a key play.”

The Windjammers started the game slowly, but the Panthers were tasked with containing “two of the best attackmen” they have played in Parks and Kostelnik of NYA.

Camden Hills tried every one of its attackers in attempts to neutralize the duo, but to no avail.

Rogers said, despite NYA’s 14 goals, Taylor Wesbrock and Andrew Orne thrived defensively for Camden Hills.

“They really helped our team settle our defense in the second half against a very strong offensive team in NYA,” he said. “Taylor Wesbrock will get every ground ball that is around him and he did a great job with team and individual defense along with helping our defense with key slides. Andrew continues to excel in helping our team clear the ball and taking on some of the toughest matchups on the opposing teams offense.”

The coach said Levi Guay, Owen Cooper, Jackson Fitch and Nolan Delehey also turned in terrific efforts for the visitors, the latter three of whom are freshmen and sophomores.

“I am really looking forward to seeing where these sophomores and freshmen are at the end of the season and the next three years,” said Rogers. “These guys are going to help put Camden Hills on the map against the southern Maine schools in the next few years.”

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

Camden Hills team members come together on the sideline. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Taylor Wesbrock (21) and Andrew Levitt, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel, right, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Owen Cooper, right, Andrew Levitt, left, and James Lynch, back, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, Levi Guay, left, and James Lynch, back, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey (12) and Taylor Wesbrock (21), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Thomas Southworth, right, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Matthew Sewall. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, middle, and Jackson Fitch (24), among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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