High school field hockey

Overtimes galore: Windjammers begin campaign with win, tie

Camden Hills ties Edward Little, beats Lewiston on Lydon's goal
By Staff | Sep 10, 2019
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand, left, and Lewiston's Cecilia Miller race to catch the ball on Sept. 5 in high school field hockey in Rockport. The Windjammers won 3-2 in overtime.

Rockport — Two games into the campaign the Camden Hills field hockey team has seen overtimes as a regular occurrence.

In its first two games, the Windjammers have played in three overtime periods, with a win and a tie to show for it, after Camden Hills and Edward Little of Auburn played to a scoreless, double-overtime draw on Monday, Sept. 9.

The Windjammers began the regular season at home against Lewiston on Thursday, Sept. 5, and came out on top in a 3-2 overtime victory.

Watch video and more photos below.

The following is a recap of both matches:

Camden Hills 0, Edward Little 0 (2OT)

At Rockport Sept. 9, the Windjammers and Red Eddies played to a tie.

Camden Hills held a 12-10 advantage in shots and 15-13 edge in penalty corners. Vicki Balla stood strong in the cage with 10 saves, while Elise Syphers made 12 saves for Edward Little.

"Edward Little dominated the first 10 minutes of each half, but once we settled into play and started looking for deeper passes we gained control of the game," said Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement. "Both overtimes we possessed and controlled the play, but we could not get the ball in the cage. Syphers was on the ground half a dozen times, but we couldn't get the ball around her. Our offensive effort was there, but they were all attempting something different — lift ball over Syphers, get it under her, get it around her — which resulted in no goal.

"Vicki Balla did a great job in goal for us — she was aggressive and skilled, stopping and clearing wide all shots that came her way. Our two defenders are sophomores, but based on their play you'd never know it. Gail Curtis did a great job at breaking up their offensive momentum, while Alyssa Bland read the play to pick off any passes or loose balls.

"Edward Little has a couple of powerhouse seniors up front, and we found ourselves struggling to mark one of them early on. We soon realized that the best player to mark their biggest offensive threat was our freshman midfielder, Molly Shook. Without Shook tightly holding that mark, the game would have been much different.

"Ani Reinwand played an amazing game in the midfield, weaving successfully through numerous opponents to get the ball transitioned down to our forwards. Ani's speed and strength made a huge difference for our transitions to offense.

"[Bland] has always been a forward, but this year she's been playing defense. Without question, we had more stamina left going into the overtimes. Despite playing 60 minutes already, [Bland] had fresh legs so we pulled her back up. It gave our midfielders time to recover, and her grit kept the ball in the [Edward Little] end (for) most of both overtimes.

"We've found a good rhythm of positions, substitutions and player combinations on the field. It's been years since we've had depth like this where almost every player is capable of playing anywhere on the field. We've got a couple of challenging games ahead of us, so we're hoping to keep the momentum up."

Camden Hills 3, Lewiston 2 (OT)

At Rockport Sept. 5, the Windjammers earned their first victory of the season in crunch time against the Blue Devils.

Camden Hills and Lewiston were tied 2-2 after two-30-minute halves, then, Lulu Lydon — who tied the score late in the second half — caged the game-winner with 2:39 left in the eight-minute, seven-on-seven overtime session, which propelled the Windjammers to a hard-fought, 3-2 win.

Lydon’s two goals paced Camden Hills, while Claudine Webber also earned a goal and Molly Shook, Ani Reinwand and Sophia Campbell one assist.

Charlotte Castonguay and Emma Begin had one goal and an assist for Lewiston.

The Windjammers held a 14-10 edge in shots, while the Blue Devils led 9-4 in penalty corners. Vicki Balla played in the cage for the Windjammers and Cecilia Landry for the Blue Devils.

Lydon quickly picked up where she left off last season as she was part of 78 percent of the team’s goals last season, said Clement.

“She's proving to be a formidable attacker again this year,” the coach said. “She's relentless in the circle, and that is exactly what we needed in OT. After her team got the ball down the field, she was unwilling to accept anything less than the back of the cage.”

Webber and Shook also were “huge contributors to the game today” as the two freshmen “took control of the game after a timeout [and] their play was truly the catalyst for our team's momentum," the coach said.

The veteran coach added that second-year captain Sophia Campbell “controlled the game” as “the team’s success today came from her hustle, positioning and leadership on the field,” while Greta Bishop’s work in the passing game also played a role in the team’s success against the Blue Devils.

“Greta's been working hard to find those offensive passes to catch opponent's shorthanded, and today it showed,” said Clement. “Every successful passing transition we had today, Greta was a part of.”

The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime before Begin scored on an assist from Castonguay with 16:12 left before Lydon scored with 8:50 left in regulation, off an assist from Reinwand.

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Lewiston at Camden Hills field hockey
Camden Hills hosts Lewiston on Sept. 5 in high school field hockey in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Lulu Lydon. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Ava Baeza. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Ava Baeza. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Lewiston's Ryan Belanger (2), and Camden Hills' Ava Baeza (3). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Sophia Campbell. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Lewiston's Kelsey Westleigh (1), and Camden Hills' Molly Shook (7). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwand (21), and Lewiston's Cecilia Miller (13). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Ani Reinwald (21), and a Lewiston player. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Ani Reinwand. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Gail Curtis. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Lulu Lydon. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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