ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team found itself back to its winning ways Tuesday, May 11 at home in Rockport against Cony (2-4).
Coming off its lone loss of the season, the host Windjammers boosted its record to 5-1 Tuesday afternoon with a 17-4 victory over the visitors.
Following the first period, the hosts held a 3-0 advantage. Cony found itself on the board four minutes into the second quarter to make a 3-1 contest.
With wind its sails, the Windjammers marched to a 13-goal streak for the second and third quarters, shutting Cony out in the process.
In the fourth quarter, Cony notched a trio while Camden Hills tallied one final goal.
Scoring for Cony were Casey Mills (two), Bradi Freeman (goal, assist) and Duncan Hayes (goal).
Camden Hills was guided to victory by Levi Guay (three goals, seven assists, four ground balls), Jakob Johnson (five goals, assist, five ground balls), Willy Doehla (three goals, two assists), Charlie Griebel (three goals, two assists, five ground balls), Jackson Fitch (goal, two assists), Hunter Smith (goal), Nolan Delehey (goal) and Eric Andrews (assist, three ground balls).
“Most of our goals were assisted today — 15 of 17 assisted goals — and we moved the ball so well today,” said Camden Hills head coach Harrison Rogers. “We were playing offense with our heads on a swivel and looking for the open passing lanes while also making those little offensive movements with the ball that open everything up in lacrosse. It was a great overall team game today and we played how team lacrosse should be played.”
On defense for the Windjammers, Elias Libby tallied eight ground balls while Rory Carlson recorded three.
Camden Powell (3.5 quarters, five saves on seven shots) and Cole Freeman (0.5 quarters, two saves on four shots) guarded the net for Camden Hills.
Elijah Beland had 16 saves in the goalie net for Cony.
“Cony has a really good goalie in Elijah Beland and they played us with a tough zone defense,” Rogers commented. “They were able to keep us to low quality shots in the first 17 minutes of the game and Elijah made some great stick side saves to keep the game a two to three-goal game for most of the first half. We made some adjustments in our offense, starting working the 2v1’s in their zone, moved the ball quicker, and got the defense moving to open up the passing lanes. This made the difference in us getting those higher quality chances at the end of the second quarter and all the third quarter.”
Delehey won the battle at the faceoff marker winning 16 of 21 faceoffs for the Windjammers, and he tied a team-high eight ground balls.
“He was instrumental in clearing the ball and setting the offense up for us getting the ball to our attackmen,” said Rogers.
Camden Hills finished the game with 47 ground balls and won the matchup of ball possession throughout the game.
Camden Hills midfielders Griebel, Fitch, Smith, Eben Fagonde, Luke Harrach, Simon Polk, Delehey, and Sylvan Eichenlaub had another outstanding game today with ground balls, in the defensive end, clearing, and with running the offense, according to Rogers.
“This is the group that when they win their matchups it creates more opportunities for our three attackmen that can finish the ball,” he said.
The defense and goalies had another outstanding day, Rogers noted of his Windjammers, and Chris Cammelieri played a vital role in limiting Cony’s leading scorer Issac Beloff to no points on the day.
Camden Hills’ next game is Friday, May 14 on the road against Erskine Academy at 4 p.m.