High school lacrosse

Road weary Windjammers push stick opponents to limit

Camden Hills has forged three victories in five early-season away matches
By Ken Waltz and Zack Miller | May 09, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Anna Griebel moves the ball up the field against Gardiner/Hall-Dale on May 8 in high school girls lacrosse. The Windjammers beat the host Tigers/Bulldogs 8-7.

Rockport — Just call the Camden Hills girls lacrosse team the road warriors.

The Windjammers have played five high school matches, all away from their home on Don Palmer Field, and still have three wins in five bouts to show for their consistent ability to climb on a bus, travel around the state, and compete at a high level.

Camden Hills did that again on Wednesday, May 8 with an exciting, come-from-behind, 8-7 victory over host Gardiner/Hall-Dale.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Don Palmer Field has been saturated with persistent rain this spring, which has, for all intent and purposes, made it unplayable, but that has not mattered as the Windjammers' schedule has had them mostly on the road, with their first home match scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. against Lawrence of Fairfield.

Despite the different venues, the Windjammers have realized success, and defeat, in recent days, which culminated with a nail-biting 8-7 win over Gardiner/Hall-Dale on May 8, after a 12-4 loss to North Yarmouth Academy on Saturday, May 4 and 15-3 victory over Nokomis/Maine Central Institute of Newport and Pittsfield on Wednesday, May 1.

The Windjammers also have had little outdoor practice time and especially on a full-sized lacrosse field.

The following is a recap of recently-reported results:

Camden Hills 8, Gardiner/Hall-Dale 7

At Gardiner May 8, the Windjammers trailed by three goals at halftime, but sailed back with a strong overall second-half performance to secure its third victory of the spring.

The Windjammers, who trailed 5-2 at halftime, got two goals from Caroline Contento, Ruby Cohen and Anna Griebel, as well as single scores from Hazel Delehey and Anya Babb-Brott. Contento and Ella Powers added assists.

Maddie Boetsch played in goal for Camden Hills.

For the hosts, Madelin Walker, Anna Chadwick and Scarlett Raymond-Ayer tallied two goals and Emma Bourget one.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B, Camden Hills (3-2, 4.1667 points) is 12th, while Yarmouth (3-1, 31.5278 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 team qualify for the playoffs.

North Yarmouth Academy 12, Camden Hills 4

At Yarmouth May 4, the Panthers cruised through the Windjammers.

North Yarmouth Academy led 8-0 at halftime.

Camden Hills was led by Ava Baeza (2 goals, assist), Ryan Hart (goal, assist) and Caroline Contento (goal).

Maddie Boetsch made 10 saves in net for the Windjammers.

Offensive and defensive statistics were unavailable for North Yarmouth Academy.

"NYA was a powerful, strong group of girls with good overall lacrosse skills and I.Q," said Windjammer coach Wade Ward. "Their goalie did a great job finding her angles, and she had quick hands.

"We had a tough time finding our game, and, ultimately, the score reflected our ability to posses the ball in the critical scoring area. As has been the story in our first three games, we have some great individual efforts by various players on our team, but we have a tough time with putting that together into an overall team effort.

"So far we have been trying to match the other teams on their game, and I need to do a better job of preparing our girls to force their game on the other team. Ultimately, it was a nice day to be outside playing lacrosse. This is a great group of hard working girls that continue to get better every day. This season has presented us with some challenges to overcome, but our girls never allow for excuses. The girls came into halftime with an eight-goal deficit, and were able to stand tall and go out in the second half having made some corrections, and hold NYA to four goals in the second half [as] our girls [scored] four."

Camden Hills 15, Nokomis/MCI 3

At Oakland May 1, the Windjammer offense exploded in a win over the Warriors.

Camden Hills led 10-0 at halftime.

Leading the Windjammers were Ashlee McIntosh (3 goals, 2 assists), Capri Buck (3 goals), Hazel Delehey (2 goals, 2 assists), Caroline Contento (2 goals), Sofia Mott (2 goals, assist), Alexia Cazemajou (goal, assist), Ryan Hart (goal), Ella Powers (goal), Anya Babb-Brott (assist) and Anna Griebel (assist).

Maddie Boetsch and Hailey Jones combined to make five saves in net.

Offensive and defensive statistics were unavailable for Nokomis/MCI.

"[The] MCI/Nokomis game presented us with a great opportunity for our girls to stretch the offense out and get some different looks," said Ward. "We were able to get our heads up and move the ball down the field and find the open girl.

"Our defense did a great job keeping MCI's possession in our end at a minimum. Offensively we were able to find scoring from a wide number of girls, not just keeping it to a select few. Our girls were able to make some good decisions to not force shots and focus on trying to find the right shot [and] posses the ball.

"After halftime MCI/Nokomis was able to win draws right away and attack fast down hill, [which] caught us on our heels for a score. They were not giving up at all, [as] MCI/Nokomis continued to grind [until] the final whistle."

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

Camden Hills at Gardiner/Hall-Dale girls lacrosse
Gardiner/Hall-Dale hosts Camden Hills on May 8 in high school girls lacrosse. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen, right, and Alexia Cazemajo (15), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento (10) and Hazel Delehey (12), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, middle, and Hazel Delehey (12), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, middle, and Hazel Delehey (12), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anna Griebel (9) and others celebrate a goal. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott (5) and Sophia Campbell (23), along with Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Skye Cotnoir. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott (5) and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Skye Cotnoir. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sofia Mott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Mary Kate Pons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ashlee McIntosh, left, and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Kat Drossel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ashlee McIntosh, left, and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Kat Drossel. In the background is Windjammers coach Wade Ward. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ashlee McIntosh, left, and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Kat Drossel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen (1), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell (23), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen (1), Maddie Botesch (22) and Alexia Cazemajou. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers (7), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers, left, and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Skye Cotnoir. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ava Baeza (13), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Maddie Boetsch. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ruby Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Mary Kate Pons, left, and Maddie Boetsch. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sophia Campbell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott, left, and Gardiner/Hall-Dale's Madelin Walker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players on the bench. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anna Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anna Griebel, left, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anna Griebel (9) and Hazel Delehey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Anna Griebel (9) and Hazel Delehey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Play in front of the net. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Play in front of the net. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers, left, and Maddie Boetsch, back, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hazel Delehey (12) and Ava Baeza. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Maddie Boetsch, left, and Ava Baeza. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hazel Delehey, right, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ava Baeza. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players converge on goalie Maddie Boetsch (22). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players, led by goalie Maddie Boetsch (22), prepare to shake/slap hands with their opponent. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills jayvee players prepare for their match. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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