SOUTH CHINA and ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team found itself partaking in a scoring palooza over the past few days en route to a pair of victories.
The Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team dominated on the road Friday, May 14 against Erskine Academy in South China earning a 20-2 victory before returning to its home turf Tuesday, May 18 and collecting a commanding 14-4 victory over Gardiner.
The Windjammers return to action Friday, May 21 on the road in Bath against Morse at 5:30 p.m.
Camden Hills 20, Erskine Academy 2
The visiting Windjammers collected a 20-2 victory over Erskine Academy (0-6 record) to improve its record to 6-1 on the season.
The Windjammers tallied five goals in the first, 10 in the second and five in the third. Erskine, meanwhile, netted one each in the first and fourth quarters.
Leading the offensive charge for the Windjammers were Levi Guay (three goals, six assists), Jakob Johnson (three goals, assist), Willy Doehla (three goals, assist), Eric Andrews (three goals), Jackson Fitch (three goals, two assists), Charlie Griebel (two goals, assist), Eben Fagonde (two goals, assist), Simon Polk (goal, assist) and Max Ergas (assist).
Scoring for Erskine Academy were Brady Kirkpatrick and Keith Radonis, while Michael Nichols chipped in an assist.
Captaining the defense for Camden Hills were Nolan Delehey (11 ground balls, won 16 of 17 faceoffs) and Rory Carlson (eight ground balls).
Owen Cooper protected the Camden Hills goalie net for three quarters and tallied one save on two shots. Griebel guarded the net for the final quarter and recorded two saves on three shots.
Hunter Johnson recorded 12 saves on 32 shots while guarding the Erskine net.
Camden Hills head coach Harrison Rogers noted Eric Andrews, Fagonde and Polk led the way for the Windjammers.
“These three had outstanding games for us in both the offensive and defensive ends,” Rogers commented. “We were able to get all our defenseman in the game and they displayed great team defense throughout the game limiting Erskine to two goals.”
Camden Hills 14, Gardiner 4
The Windjammers boosted its record to 7-1 on the season Tuesday, May 18 at home in Rockport against Gardiner (4-3 record).
“Gardiner is always a physical and tough matchup for us at Camden Hills and the players were ready to match Gardiner’s toughness,” said Rogers, as he recalled the last time the Windjammers challenged Gardiner, in 2019, in what amounted to a 13-6 loss thanks to Gardiner’s physical domination and a plague of injuries throughout the contest for the young Windjammers.
In the 2021 affair, Camden Hills boasted quarterly advantages of 2-0, 3-1, 10-3 and 14-4.
Rocking the Camden Hills offense were Jackson Fitch (five goals, three assists, six ground balls), Willy Doehla (three goals, four assists, three ground balls), Levi Guay (four goals, two assists), Luke Harrach (goal), Sylvan Eichenlaub (goal) and Jakob Johnson (assist, three ground balls).
Gardiner was captained offensively by Cam Rizzo (two goals, assist), Sean Doyle (two goals) and Gabe Poirier (two assists).
Spearheading the Windjammer defense, meanwhile, were Nolan Delehey (nine ground balls, won 8 of 12 faceoffs) and Elias Libby (seven ground balls, three caused turnovers).
Charlie Griebel tallied 11 saves, two ground balls and one caused turnover in the goalkeeper net for Camden Hills.
Protecting the net for Gardiner was Connor Cote (eight saves on 22 shots).
The Windjammers, for the second consecutive contest, were without their starting and backup goalkeepers, though senior captain Charlie Griebel offered both games to guard the Windjammers’ net
“Charlie played fearless in goal, intercepted passes, scooped up ground balls in the defensive end, cleared the ball for us, and made some huge saves in the first half to maintain our slim lead going into halftime,” said Rogers. “The amazing job Charlie did today was a true embodiment of leadership and why he has been our captain for the last two years in both lacrosse and ice hockey.”
Fitch and Doehla had their best games of their Camden Hills lacrosse careers, according to Rogers, while Guay had another outstanding game at attack.
“These three playmakers wanted the ball in their stick and had the confidence to initiate the offense and finish the contested shots against a tough Gardiner defense,” said Rogers. “They finished the game with 12 goals and nine assists between the three of them.”
The midfield and defense had another outstanding game, Rogers noted, and limited Gardiner to four goals while winning the ground ball battle 36-27.
“Elias Libby, Rory Carlson, Chris Cammelieri, and Owen Cooper had another outstanding game at defense, applying pressure to the Gardiner attack all game long and causing Gardiner to commit turnovers with quick slides and solid 1v1 defense,” commented Rogers. “It was a great all-around team effort and midfielders Nolan Delehey, Eben Fagonde, and Hunter Smith played outstanding in the defensive midfield and transition ends of the field.”
In the end, Rogers was satisfied, this time, with the outcome of the Camden Hills versus Gardiner boys lacrosse showdown.
“Absolutely proud of all the players today for the effort and heart they displayed every second throughout this game,” said Rogers. “We played with complete confidence at all positions on the field and were able to match Gardiner’s physicality.”