High school boys lacrosse

Messalonskee spoils Camden Hills' home, season opener

Visiting Eagles of Oakland tally 11 first-half goals to put hosts behind eight-ball
By Zack Miller | Apr 15, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' William Nickerson, left, and Charlie Griebel play against Messalonskee of Oakland on April 12 in a season-opening high school boys lacrosse match in Rockport. The visiting Eagles beat the Windjammers 15-4.

Rockport — The Windjammer boys lacrosse team has had the winds of success at their backs for the past couple of years.

Playoff appearances — and an undefeated record — awaited Camden Hills at the conclusion of those regular seasons, but the start of the 2018 slate proved at bit tougher on Thursday, April 12 against the Eagles of Messalonskee.

Camden Hills’ offense sputtered and the Eagles’ offense soared, which muscled Messalonskee of Oakland to a 15-4 season-opening victory.

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The Windjammers, in their home opener, were led by Thomas Griebel (2 goals), Bryce Tyler (goal), Owen Rokous (goal, assist) and Charlie Griebel (assist). The Griebels are brothers.

Levi Guay made four saves in goal for Camden Hills in the first half, while James Lynch made six saves in the net in the second half.

Messalonskee had been one of the top teams in Class A the past few seasons, but this year a third class, Class C, was introduced to Maine high school boys lacrosse, and the Eagles dropped to Class B with the shuffling of teams.

“We knew coming in that Messalonskee was going to be one our hardest tests of the season,” said first-year Camden Hills’ coach Harrison Rogers, an assistant for the team in the past. “They are continually in the top five to 10 teams in the state of Maine. Today was a tough test for our guys, especially with only one practice on our field.”

The visitors tallied 11 first-half goals, with seven in the first quarter, to lead 7-0 at the end of the opening period, and added four more scores in the second quarter, to hold an 11-0 advantage at halftime.

“In the first half we still had our gym legs, where we just didn’t have the intensity and physicality to compete with a team that has 13 seniors, and have been playing high competition in Class A,” Rogers said.”

The Windjammers found their course in the third quarter as they tallied all four of their goals on the day, and outscored the Eagles 4-1. Messalonskee scored three more goals in the final frame of play.

“We upped our level of play in the second half and showed that we can compete with the very best of Maine if we play four quarters of lacrosse,” Rogers said. “With the intensity the guys played with in the second half, it looked like a playoff game.”

“I’m very proud of the guys because they showed heart, didn’t hang their heads, and they fought to the last whistle," Rogers said. "Our goal in the second half was to win the half, and we ended up tying Messalonskee 4-4 to end the game.”

“Our goal is to play the best at the beginning of the season so that we are ready to play these hard-fought games towards the end of the season and win them,” Rogers said. I’m hoping we build on our great second half and use this to improve throughout the season.”

Messalonskee at Camden Hills boys lacrosse
Camden Hills hosts Messalonskee on April 12 in high school boys lacrosse in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' William Nickerson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Marco D'Amato, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Marco D'Amato, left, and Messalonskee's Connor Ferguson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Marco D'Amato. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Daniel Lydon, right, and Messalonskee's Austin Pelletier. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Daniel Lydon, left, and Messalonskee's Austin Pelletier. Windjammer Levi Guay is in the background. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous, left, and Alex Vokey. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Thomas Griebel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Owen Rokous, middle, as well as Messalonskee's Dan Gusmanov, left, and Chase Warren. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Sylvan Eichenlaub. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Sylvan Eichenlaub. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Sylvan Eichenlaub. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Andy Pitcairn, front, William Nickerson (34) and Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Messalonskee's Chase Warren. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Messalonskee's Chase Warren. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Taylor Westbrook. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Taylor Westbrook. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Taylor Westbrook, left, and Messalonsee's Chase Warren (5) and Connor Ferguson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Taylor Westbrook. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Taylor Westbrook, right, and Messalonskee's Chase Warren (5) and Matt Trembly. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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