BANGOR and PORTLAND — The Camden Hills varsity lacrosse team experienced a great 24 hours of lacrosse, according to head coach Harrison Rogers, this week as the team hit the road Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3.
The Windjammers hit the road Wednesday to Bangor where they spoiled Bangor’s senior day festivities with a victory before heading Thursday to Portland for the regular season finale where the Windjammers were narrowly edged by host Waynflete in a nail-biting double overtime thrilling contest on Waynflete’s senior day and was a late addition to the regular season schedule.
With the regular season concluded, the seventh-seeded Windjammers (10-2) will host two-time Class B state runner-up 10th-seeded Greely (5-7) at home either Wednesday, June 9 or Thursday, June 10.
Camden Hills 14, Bangor 5
Camden Hills finished the opening quarter with a 4-1 lead, a 9-2 lead after the second and a 14-3 advantage after the third.
Scoring for Bangor, who sports a 4-4 record into the playoffs, were Griffin Erb (two goals) and Zach Wellman (three goals, assist). Jonny Lyon tallied a pair of assists.
Scoring for the Windjammers were Levi Guay (goal, six assists, six ground balls), Charlie Griebel (two goals, three assists, six ground balls), Emmet Marshall (four goals), Jackson Fitch (three goals, assist), Willy Doehla (three goals) and Jakob Johnson (goal).
Eben Fagonde (assist), Nolan Delehey (assist, nine ground balls), Elias Libby (assist, seven ground balls) and Rory Carlson (five ground balls) also contributed to the Camden Hills offense.
The Camden Hills defense led by Owen Cooper, Carlson, Libby, Will Gardner, Chris Cammelieri, George Wilt, Carlton Richmond, Ethan Butler, Cameron Lawrence, and Oliver Castle had another strong game, Rogers noted, limiting Bangor to seven shots on net for the game.
Camden Powell played in goalie net for Camden Hills and made two saves, while Cason Markevich record 17 saves on 31 shots for the hosts.
The Windjammers won the faceoff battle with Delehey winning 15 of 18 faceoffs.
“Nolan is a huge reason we have been so successful this year with gaining possession of the ball and getting the ball to our offensive end,” said Rogers. “He is a great defender and always has the heart and skill to pick up those 50-50 balls on the ground. He continuously makes the correct decisions in the transition game and has the confidence and patience under pressure to make the correct pass to our attackmen.”
Marshall, a freshman, was praised following the contest by his head coach for his breakout performance of four goals.
“Emmet found the correct place all game long on the field and used his athletic abilities and speed to move to high quality shooting spaces,” Rogers commented. “I am really looking forward to all the great things Emmet does in the future for Camden Hills lacrosse.”
Waynflete 8, Camden Hills 7 (Double OT)
Waynflete, sporting an 11-1 record heading into the playoffs, has been one of the top teams in Southern Maine this season and has recorded what Rogers dubbed signature wins against Yarmouth, Greeley, North Yarmouth Academy, and several other strong southern schools.
“We knew coming down that Waynflete would give us that big game test before the playoffs start next week, and we would have a chance to learn from this experience,” said Rogers. “Coach Andrew Leach always has his teams ready to play tough and smart lacrosse, and Waynflete was fired up to get a win on their senior day. We knew Waynflete’s defense and goalie would be one of the strongest that we faced all season, and we had to work for every scoring opportunity.”
The Windjammers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage following the first period before having the lead cut in half to 2-1 by the halftime pause.
Waynflete opened the second half with a series of four goals courtesy Harry Millspaugh (two) and Seth Cloutier (one).
Not to be outdone, the Windjammers responded with four tallies of its own thanks to Charlie Griebel (two), Jackson Fitch and Willy Doehla to take a 6-5 advantage into the middle of the fourth quarter.
The visitors surrendered its lead by allowing a pair of goals before knotting the contest at 7-7 with a minute to go courtesy a Jackson Fitch goal.
“Camden Hills had a man advantage at the end of the first overtime and had a few good looks on the cage, but Waynflete managed to hold the Windjammer man-up scoreless,” recapped Rogers. “Camden Hills won the face off to start the second overtime but again Waynflete was able to stop the Windjammers offense, which would be the Windjammers last chance to win the game.”
Sam Whipple scored the double overtime game winner for Waynflete courtesy an assist by Harry Millspaugh.
“This was a back and forth game for the entire game between two really good teams, and the most exciting lacrosse game that I have been apart of since I started coaching at Camden Hills,” said Rogers. “Waynflete is a great team, and our players played some of the best lacrosse I have ever seen.”
Rogers praised Griebel, Fitch, and Delehey for playing one of the best games at midfield in their Camden Hills careers.
“Our defense of Rory Carlson, Elias Libby, Owen Cooper, and others, played great one-on-one and help defense all game long and helped to keep the game within reach,” he said. “I am extremely proud of everyone on the team, and this is something that will help prepare us for a tough Class B playoff run.”
Scoring for the Windjammers were Griebel (three goals, assist, six ground balls), Fitch (two goals, five ground balls) and Doehla (two goals).
Other offensive contributors for Camden Hills included Levi Guay (two assists), Jakob Johnson (assist), Nolan Delehey (six ground balls) and Elias Libby (eight ground balls).
The defense of Rory Carlson, George Wilt, Owen Cooper, Elias Libby, Carlton Richmond, and Chris Cammelieri had a great game against Waynflete, according to Rogers.
Camden Powell had 10 saves on 18 shots on goal in the goalie net for the Windjammers.
“Camden Powell had his best game of the season for us,” stated Rogers. “He made some big saves late in the game to allow us to make it to overtime.”