High school field hockey

Camden Hills doubles up Dragons, remain in Class A playoff hunt

Yattaw, Gordon, Tinch, Tassoni find back of cage
By Staff | Oct 01, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Megan Gordon, right, and Brunswick's Lauren Jacobs during a Sept. 28 high school field hockey game in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Dragons 4-2.

Rockport — The Camden Hills field hockey team tangled with Brunswick in a home contest on Thursday, Sept. 28 in hopes of staying inside the cusp of the Class A North playoff hunt.

The Windjammers did just that as four different players banged the back of the cage as the hosts doubled up the visiting Dragons 4-2.

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Camden Hills held a 3-0 advantge at halftime.

Leading the Camden Hills scoring attack were Halsey Yattaw (goal, assist), Megan Gordon (goal), Lexi Tinch (goal), Ella Tassoni (goal), Suzannah Gray (2 assists) and Greta Bishop (assist).

Brunswick held a 14-12 advantage in shots and 8-5 edge in penalty corners. Jenna Stearns made 12 saves in the cage for the Windjammers, while Ainsley Harrower made eight saves for the Dragons.

“[This] was the first game in two weeks where we had our full varsity team back in full force,” said Camden Hills coach Lindsey Clement. “We've consistently been missing at least three players to illnesses the past two weeks and it's really been a struggle these past few games. It's tough to change any starting lineup to accommodate for a missing starter, but we've been doing it for three [of our] starters.”

The veteran coach added all four goals were a results of “finding our open teammates in the circle with quick passing transitions,” which was on display early and often for Camden Hills.

Yattaw got the Windjammers on the board with 27 minutes left in the first half when she deposited the ball into the cage off a corner assisted by Gray — who added her second assist later in the half on a pass to Gordon with 12:32 left to put the hosts up 2-0.

Yattaw then found Tinch with 11:36 remaining as Camden Hills' lead continued to swell.

Clement said after Tassoni scored early in the second half, off an assist from Bishop — and her team found itself up 4-0 — the Windjammers admittedly “settled back into a defensive role and Brunswick completely took control.”

Fortunately for the Windjammers, the lead they built was insurmountable.

“We struggled to transition the ball out of our defensive end,” the coach said. “And despite Sophia Campbell and Ashlee McIntosh carrying the ball wide dozens of times, we had no one for them to pass to. Brunswick put the pressure on, but our defense intercepted many of their crosses and interrupted their offense. Capri Buck and Suzannah Gray had some great interceptions, and had it not been for the quick reactions and solid skills, Brunswick would have scored more.”

Despite the second half lapse, Clement noted several positives in the victory, including the offensive play of Gordon, Yattaw and Bishop. She said Gordon typically sets the tempo, while Yattaw and Bishop “are proving to be our best rebounders since they are always ready and aggressive.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (4-5, 20.4082 points) is seventh, while Skowhegan (9-1, 79.5918 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Brunswick at Camden Hills field hockey
Camden Hills hosts Brunswick on Sept. 28 in high school field hockey in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Halsey Yattaw. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Halsey Yattaw, right, along with teammates Greta Bishop (20), Lexi Tinch (9) and Ainslee McIntosh, back middle, along with Brunswick goalie Ainsley Harrower. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ainslee McIntosh, front, and Capri Buck, back right, along with Brunswick's Rosie White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ainslee McIntosh, right, along with Brunswick's Grace Casey, left, and Rosie White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Capri Buck, right, and Brunswick's Lauren Jacobs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Capri Buck, middle, and Megan Gordon, back, along with Brunswick's Grace Casey, left, and Lauren Jacobs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ainslee McIntosh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ainslee McIntosh, back, and Brunswick's Lauren Jacobs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Haley Yattaw, middle, breaks out of a pack. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Halsey Yattaw, right, as well as Brunswick's Maddie Wayne, left, and Maggie Folsom. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Lulu Lydon, right, and Brunswick's Eliza Rudalevidge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Lexi Tinch, left, and Erin Coughlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Mackenzie Power, Suzannah Gray, Jenna Stearns, Sophia Campbell and Capri Buck. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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