AUGUSTA — The winning streak continued Tuesday, April 27 for the Camden Hills varsity boys lacrosse team as they hit the road for the first time this season to challenge Cony High School in Augusta.
The visiting Windjammers notched its third win of the season to boost its record to 3-0 as they sailed past Cony 17-7.
Quarterly scoring in the Tuesday contest was 7-3, 2-1, 3-0 and 5-3.
Leading the Camden Hills charge were Levi Guay (five goals, five assists, four ground balls), Jakob Johnson (five goals, seven ground balls), Willy Doehla (goals, two assists), Jackson Fitch (two goals, assist, three ground balls) and Eben Fagonde (goal, two assists, three ground balls).
Other key contributors included Nolan Delehey (goal, four ground balls), Hunter Smith (goal, four ground balls), Simon Polk (goal), Luke Harrach (assist), Charlie Griebel (four ground balls), Rory Carlson (seven ground balls) and Quinn Riordan (three ground balls). Delehey also won 16 of 27 faceoffs.
On defense for the Windjammers in the goalie net were Camden Powell (3.5 quarters, six goals, seven saves) and Cole Freeman (0.5 quarters, one goal)
Cony, which dropped to 0-2 on the year with the loss, was led by Isaac Belofs (four goals, assist), Casey Mills (two goals) and Nic Geneseo (goal).
Elijah Beland had 10 saves for the host Rams in the goalie net.
Camden Hills recorded 27 shots on goal compared to Cony’s 14.
Following the contest, Camden Hills head coach Harrison Rogers attributed the victory to the Windjammers’ trio of starting attackmen in Guay, Johnson and Doehla, who Rogers noted had another big day for the Windjammers.
“They moved the ball quickly around the defense during a fast break and also when one of them beats their man 1 v. 1 to draw a slide where they then find the open player,” said Rogers. “They continue to improve on their off-ball movement to find the space needed to always be a triple threat where they can dodge, shoot, or pass at all times.”
Eleven of the 17 goals for Camden Hills were assisted and the Windjammers played unselfish lacrosse for the third game in a row, Rogers noted.
“We do a great job of having our head up when we are dodging to see where the slide is coming from and feeding the open player,” the head coach said. “The midfielders did a great job of starting the offense today and we finished the ball at our attack.”
In fact, Rogers said the midfield unit is very deep this year, allowing the Windjammers to get more possession in its offensive end.
“They have been vital in switching the fields from our defensive end to the offensive end with fast breaks where we push the offense to score and slow breaks where we have time to change our lines and get some rest,” he said. “They will play a big role the rest of the season when we compete against some of the best teams in Maine.”
Delehey, once again, dominated the faceoff winning 16 of 27.
“The faceoff wins help us get possession right away and this often leads to multiple goals in a row against teams by keeping the ball in our offensive end,” said Rogers.
All 11 defensemen saw action in the game that limited Cony to three goals in the first quarter, one in the second, none in the third, and three goals in the fourth.
The defensive unit continues to be led by Owen Cooper, Elias Libby, Carlson, Chris Cammelieri, George Wilt, Will Gardner, and Carlton Richmond, noted Rogers.
Ethan Butler, Cameron Lawrence, Mason Thomas, and Oliver Castle saw their second varsity game-time in a row playing a vital role in limiting Cony in the fourth quarter.
The next two contests for the Windjammers have potential to be historic.
The Windjammers return to its home field Thursday, April 29 for a showdown against Mount Ararat before hitting the road Tuesday, May 4 to challenge Messalonskee.
The Camden Hills boys lacrosse team has never tasted victory against either Mount Ararat or Messalonskee, but are eager to extend its winning streak against both squads.
“Our players have an opportunity to compete with these two tough and well coached teams if we play unselfish lacrosse and play as a team on the field,” commented Rogers.