ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team is excited to be back on the field this spring after missing the 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite it being two years since the Windjammers fielded a lacrosse team, 30 players have turned out this season.
“We are really looking forward to a lacrosse season here at Camden Hills after missing last year,” said Camden Hills head coach Harrison Rogers.
In 2019, Camden Hills had a very young team with seven of its 10 starters being underclassmen, including three freshmen and four sophomores. The Windjammers, back then, began its season with only one win in its first six games before capping the season with five wins its final seven contests.
The Windjammers closed out its 2019 season with a playoff victory against Mount Blue before falling to eventual state champion Yarmouth in a quarterfinal contest.
Now, the Windjammers are eager to return to the playoffs and are eyeing the state crown.
As the season kicked off this week, Rogers outlined a handful of players to watch this season.
Charlie Griebel, a captain, is a midfielder and started in his freshman and sophomore years. The senior was second in scoring with 16 goals and 14 assists, led the team on ground balls with 51 and was a leader on the defensive midfield.
Levi Guay, another captain and senior, started his sophomore year at attack and finished with 12 goals and 17 assists, the most assists by any Windjammer in its last season. Guay also tallied 35 ground balls, is the quarterback of the team’s offense and has the flexibility to defend the goalie net when needed.
Jackson Fitch, a junior, was a starting midfielder in his freshman year and recorded five goals plus four assists and 28 ground balls. Rogers noted he is a very good two-way player and great with the transition game.
Owen Cooper, a junior, was a starting defenseman his freshman year and recorded 30 ground balls. Rogers commented Cooper is a lockdown defender and always matches up against the opposing team’s best player.
Willy Doehla will bring offensive goal-scoring ability to the Windjammers this season as a junior, Rogers said.
Midfielder Nolan Delehey, a senior and captain, will take faceoffs again this year, kill penalties, plays great one-on-one defense, and will have a notable role on the Windjammers’ offensive end of the field. Delehey, Rogers said, is a player that does everything for the team.
Elias Libby and Rory Carlson will play a big role on defense and long stick midfielder this year, according to Rogers, and are ground ball hawks that can fly on the field. They will have a big impact this year in the Camden Hills defensive end and in the clearing game.
Sylvan Eichenlaub, a senior, is the fourth captain for the Windjammers.
Upcoming home contests for the Windjammers include games against Erskine Academy (April 24), Mount Ararat (April 29), Lincoln Academy (May 6), Cony (May 11), Gardiner (May 18) and Lincoln Academy (May 24).