High school boys lacrosse

Camden Hills ends season as it began — with loss to Messalonskee

In between, however, Windjammers recover from rough start to experience strong overall success
By Mark Haskell | Jun 09, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Alex Vokey plays against Messalonskee of Oakland on June 9 in a high school boys lacrosse match at Thomas College in Waterville. The host Eagles beat the Windjammers 13-5 in a Class B quarterfinal playoff game.

Waterville — Sometimes, one team just has the other’s number, which seemed the case this season as No. 4 Messalonskee of Oakland and No. 5 Camden Hills squared off in a Class B high school boys lacrosse quarterfinal playoff match on Saturday, June 9 at Thomas College.

The Eagles, who Windjammer coach Harrison Rogers heralded as one of the best in the state, again clicked on all cylinders against Camden Hills and put the postseason match out of reach in the first half, as the hosts soared to a 10-1 edge.

The Windjammers did not quit in the second half, however, and put up a valiant effort, but the early deficit was too great to overcome as Camden Hills saw its season conclude with a 13-5 first-round playoff loss to Messalonskee.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

With the win, Messalonskee (8-5) moves on to the semifinals, where it will face top-ranked Greely of Cumberland (10-3), which beat No. 9 Gardiner (6-8) 19-5.

Camden Hills’ season wrapped at 8-5.

Despite the fact the Windjammers and Eagles held nearly identical regular-season records, Messalonskee outscored Camden Hills 28-9 in two meetings between the squads.

The Windjammers opened the season with a 15-4 loss at home to the Eagles on April 12 — and, ironically, ended the season against the same opponent.

Rogers called Messalonskee “a lethal offensive team.”

“This is really one of the top teams in the northern part of Maine,” said Rogers. “They’ve got all-conference players on their team [and they’re] a former Class A team. We had a few injuries and we were trying out some new guys and it just didn’t work in the first half.”

The key player the Windjammers missed was all-conference defenseman Will Nickerson, who was injured in the team’s regular-season finale, a 7-6 road win over Oak Hill of Wales.

On Saturday, leading the potent Messalonskee offensive attack were Dawson Charles (4 goals), Colin Kinney (4 goals, 3 assists), Austin Pelletier (3 goals), Alden Balboni (goal), Colton Chavarie (goal) and Dan Gusmanov (assist).

For Camden Hills, Thomas Griebel and John Chilton found the net twice and Matt Nickerson once, while Nickerson also added an assist.

James Lynch minded the net in the first half and Levi Guay in the second for Camden Hills, as the teammates combined for five saves. C.J. Reardon made eight saves in goal for Messalonskee.

Messalonskee jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and went on a 6-0 run in the second to take a 10-1 halftime advantage. The Eagles held a 12-4 edge after three quarters.

The Eagles scored the first three goals from Pelletier, Kinney and Charles — the team’s three starting attackers — before the Windjammers got on the board with a score by Griebel, on an assist from Matt Nickerson.

But the Eagles scored the next seven goals — including three in the final 52 seconds of the second quarter — to put the match out of reach.

Several young Windjammers saw action on the field in the second half, including Guay in goal and defender Dylan Hastings, the coach said.

“They both stepped in and had an awesome second half,” the coach said, but was Rogers wistful about the team's 12 seniors who played their final match, including Tyler Gerry, Matt Czuchra, Chilton, Alex Vokey, Dan Lydon, Robbie Corroll, Will Parks, Elliot Matlack, Marco D’Amato, Will Nickerson, Thomas Griebel and Andy Pitcairn.

“They wouldn’t let us quit the entire season,” said Rogers of his senior group. “Like Alex Vokey and Marco D’Amato and Dan Lydon and Thomas Griebel. But I think we won the second half today.”

Camden Hills at Messalonskee boys lacrosse
Messalonskee hosts Camden Hills on June 9 in high school boys lacrosse at Thomas College in Waterville. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills players, from left, Andrew Levitt, Dan Lydon, Marco D'Amato and Alex Vokey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Before the game, including Camden Hills' Alex Vokey, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Messalonskee's Parker Brunelle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Messalonskee's Christian Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, left, and Messalonskee's Christian Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, front, and Messalonskee's Christian Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, front, and Messalonskee's Christian Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Matt Nickerson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills players come together after scoring a goal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Thomas Griebel, left, and Messalonskee's Chase Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills players come together after scoring a goal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, right, and Dan Lydon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay (14), as well as teammates Owen Rokous (26) and Dylan Hastings. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Dan Lydon, back right, and Dylan Hastings. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Thomas Griebel, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Thomas Griebel, middle, and teammates Matt Nickerson (19), Bryce Tyler (11) and Charlie Griebel (10). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous, left, and Messalonskee's Cameron Goff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, middle, and Messalonskee's Cameron Goff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, middle, and Dan Lydon (21), as well as Messalonskee's Cameron Goff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Dan Lydon (21). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Messalonskee's Parker Brunelle (3), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Messalonskee's Parker Brunelle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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