High school field hockey

Now in tough Class A, Camden Hills ready for competitive campaign

By Staff | Sep 01, 2017

Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2017 Camden Hills Regional High School field hockey team:

Coach/years coached current team: Lindsey Clement, fifth year.

Last year's record/playoff information: 4-9-1, 13th in Class B North. The Windjammers failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Roster: Seniors Megan Gordon (midfield), Jenna Stearns (goalie), Suzannah Gray (defense) and Halsey Yattaw (forward); juniors Capri Buck (midfield), Lexi Tinch (midfield), Rebecca Cox (forward), Mackenzie Power (defense) and Ashlee McIntosh (midfield); and sophomores Sophia Campbell (defense), Lulu Lydon (midfield), Greta Bishop (forward), Meredith Luce (midfield), Katherine Bowen (forward), Anikka Reinwand (midfield), Ella Tassoni (forward) and Alison Linares (forward).

Known graduation losses: Emily Bowen and Amy Cummings.

Significant impact athletes: Gordon, Stearns and Buck.

Team strength: The squad returns a handful of varsity players.

Team goal: To qualify for the Class A North playoffs.

Top league opponents: Messalonskee of Oakland and Skowhegan.

Outlook: This season will be the first foray into the Class A ranks for the Windjammers, who essentially are being tossed into the deep end of the pool — among the likes of the Skowhgan Indians, who have won 14 of the last 16 state Class A crowns.

Clement said her team should be strong defensively, but will need to find a way to manufacture goals. And having 12 of the 17 players on the roster with varsity experience can only help Camden Hills.

“We have a lot of versatile players, but as a team we have to focus more on scoring,” she said. “Our offensive line last year struggled to connect with the ball and keep possession, and this year we still need to work on that. If our offense can get aggressive, we should be okay. With so many returning varsity players we have great leadership and good communication on the field that's leading to successful passing and transitions, but we'll need to focus on scoring.”

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

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