High school boys lacrosse

Smooth-sailing Windjammers remain unbeaten with OT win over Hawks

Mercier tallies game-winner for Camden Hills — 17-0 in regular season last two years
By Mark Haskell | May 10, 2017

Rockport — The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team faced, by far, its most difficult test of the season at home on Tuesday, May 9 against Maranacook/Winthrop at Don Palmer Field in a match so competitive, it could not be decided in a mere 48 minutes of play.

The Windjammers held a 3-1 lead at halftime and the visiting Hawks rallied to tie the game 4-4 at the end of three quarters — only to have the opponents tally one more apiece to knot the score 5-5 heading into the four-minute, sudden-death overtime.

In the end, senior Morgan Mercier creased the net, on an assist from Connor Davis, with 48.2 seconds remaining as the Windjammers outlasted the Hawks 6-5 to remain unbeaten on the season.

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The goal was the second for Mercier on the afternoon, while teammate Thomas Griebel also scored twice and Marco D’Amato and Owen Rokous one goal. Elliot Matlack also had an assist in the win for the hosts.

Garit Laliberte scored three goals and added an assist in the losing effort for Maranacook/Winthrop, while Dennis Chiappetta and Bailey Stockford added one goal.

Will Haye made eight saves in goal for Maranacook/Winthrop, while James Lynch made 16 saves in net for Camden Hills.

“That’s kind of a new level that they’re finding within our system in our program,” said Camden Hills coach Wade Ward. “To be able to elevate our play in these bigger games. We always get up for Maranacook. They’ve got good coaching, they’ve got good kids and they want to play hard every time.”

Ward added his squad did a nice job remaining disciplined defensively in the second half, even when things were not going its way.

And to not rush their offensive sequences.

“The other big thing for us is for our guys to move the ball and possess the ball. And not feel like we need to rush it. Not feel like we have to go down and score right now. Possess the ball, find the good looks and move it around until we find it.”

Laliberte scored a pair of third-quarter goals to tie the game, while D’Amato scored with 5:32 left to put Camden Hills back up 4-3 — before Chipppetta added another with 11.9 seconds left to knot the score 4-4.

Stockford gave Maranacook/Winthrop a 5-4 lead when he fired a shot past Lynch from about 15 yards out with 6:43 to left, but the Windjammers responded minutes later — down a man after a player was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty — as Rokous scored off a rebound with 3:07 remaining.

The game went to overtime, where Mercier eventually bounced in the game-winner.

Ward added that Mercier “had a big game today” and “was finding a lot of space” on the field against the Hawks.

“He found himself open on the crease where we’ve been having him as a midfielder,” said Ward of Mercier. “He needs to find that space and he’s moving around. Luckily whoever came up with the ball [Davis] had their head up like they were supposed to and saw the quick pass and Morgan got it off fast.”

The Windjammers have not lost a regular-season match since May 29, 2015 — nearly two years — when they fell 10-4 to Oak Hill of Wales.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (5-0, 21.1111 points) is second, while Gardiner (6-0, 43.0556 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maranacook/Winthrop at Camden Hills boys lacrosse
Camden Hills hosts Maranacook/Winthrop on May 9 in high school boys lacrosse in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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