ROCKPORT — Heading into the first round of the Class B playoffs Wednesday, June 9, the seventh-seeded Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team knew it was in for a tough battle with 10th-seeded Greely in Rockport, a place the Greely boys lacrosse program had never traveled to.
The visitors were coming off back-to-back finishes as Class B state runners-up
Through a hard fought contest, the host Windjammers were edged 10-8 by Greely to finish the season with a 10-3 record.
Greely started off hot from the start scoring two goals in the first minute of the game before Camden Hills called time out to, as Camden Hills head coach Harrison Rogers put it, settle their team down.
Willy Doehla tallied a goal for Camden Hills off a Charlie Griebel assist to make it a 2-1 affair. Another pair of Greely tallies and a Levi Guay goal for Camden Hills made it a 4-2 contest at the end of the first quarter.
A trio of goals from Greely gave the guests a 7-3 advantage heading into the halftime pause.
Not to go down without a fight, the host Windjammers tallied four goals courtesy Jackson Fitch (two), Guay and Jacob Johnson, and held Greely in the third quarter to make it a 7-7 nail-biter heading into the final quarter.
With seven minutes on the clock left, Greely began a three-goal scoring streak before Camden Hills notched its final goal when Guay scored off a Griebel assist.
Scoring for Camden Hills were Guay (three goals, assist, two ground balls), Fitch (three goals, three ground balls), Willy Doehla (goal) and Johnson (goal, six ground balls).
Also contributing to the Windjammer game plan were Griebel (two assists, three ground balls), Elias Libby (five ground balls, two turnovers), Rory Carlson (four ground balls) and Nolan Delehey (seven faceoff wins, two ground balls).
Scoring for Greely were David Kenney (two goals, three assists), Matthew Kennedy (four goals, two assists), Lukas Cook (goal, assist), Elias Leggat-Barr (goal) and Chase Cornwall (two goals). Thomas Bennert recorded one assist.
In the goalie net, Camden Powell recorded 13 saves in net on 23 shots on goal for the Windjammers. Meanwhile, Spencer Osgood recorded 17 saves as the Greely goalkeeper.
Rogers noted he is immensely proud of each of his players, particularly for the team’s stellar 10-1 win-loss record against programs from Northern Maine and a pair of hard-fought thrillers against two of the premier Southern Maine lacrosse programs to conclude the season.
“Playing these two teams (Waynflete and Greely) to a tight two goal and one goal double overtime loss is something that doesn’t happen that often in lacrosse for northern Maine teams,” commented Rogers. “These last two games against Waynflete and Greely were the best lacrosse games I have ever been part of in my five years coaching in Maine. Our players at Camden Hills battled every second they were on the field and never game up. They came back from three and four goal deficits both games to tie up both games in the fourth quarters.”
Rogers noted he is proud of senior captains Griebel, Guay, Delehey, and Sylvan Eichenlaub.
“They led Camden Hills lacrosse to our best season ever to be able to compete with some of the best programs in southern Maine,” Rogers said. “I am so proud of this senior class of Luke Harrach, Hunter Smith, Simon Polk, Eric Andrews, Will Gardner, and our senior captains that did so many great things in their four years at Camden Hills.”
Guay finished his season with a school record 91 points and school record 50 assists in a season, according to Rogers. He capped his final game of his high school lacrosse career with a hat trick and an assist.
Doehla finished the season with 32 goals and 16 assists and Johnson finished with 24 goals and eight assists.
Griebel, Fitch, and the midfield had another outstanding game, Rogers noted. Griebel finished the season with 20 goals and 18 assists and Fitch finished the season with 31 goals and 14 assists.
The defense of Elias Libby, Rory Carlson, Owen Cooper, Chris Cammelieri, George Wilt, and Carlton Richmond helped keep Camden Hills in the game by holding Greely’s potent attack scoreless for 17 minutes in the second half.
Nolan Delehey, Eben Fagonde, and Hunter Smith had another great game at defensive midfield, Rogers said.
“Cam Powell had some big saves for us and almost scored a goal for us in the second quarter when he brought the ball up the field on a clear,” he said.