Mt. Blue’s Marshall Doyon (20) races past teammate Sam Smith (28) and heads up field with ball in a lacrosse game against Camden Hills at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Prescott Field in Farmington on Thursday.

FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue made Camden Hills sit up and take notice when the Cougars jostled the Windjammers in the first half of a boys’ lacrosse showdown at the University of Maine at Farmington on Thursday.

The determined Cougars (0-3) have yet to win a game, but they sure didn’t look like a downtrodden team. The Windjammers had their hands full in the first half, but quickly got their act together in the second before pulling away with 9-5 victory at Prescott Field.

By the end of the first quarter, the teams were tied at 1-1. At the half, the game was still up in the air, with Camden Hills (4-0) holding a firm 5-3 lead.

“They are a pretty good team, but they are 4-0 now,” Mt. Blue coach Kevin Averill said. “They move the ball well. They play great defense.

“It was finally nice to see us play a good game. We are finally getting back to our full team. We are still one guy short, but we are slowly coming out there as a full team.

“You could definitely see it out there today. Things were looking good. We are improving every game. We came out with a lot of energy and spirit today. “

But Camden Hills jolted the Mt. Blue (0-4) with three goals in the third quarter and held the Cougars to just two in the second half.

Camden Hills goalie James Lynch was solid in net, making six saves, while Mt. Blue goalie Brody Looney made eight saves.

Freshman attacker Owen Rokus created a ruckus when he scored three of Camden’s nine goals. He was followed by Thomas Griebel’s two goals. Elliot Matlock, Matt Nickerson, Wilson McKay and Bryce Tyler each contributed a goal.

For the Cougars, sophomore attacker Sam Smith scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter and junior midfielder William Salisbury also added a pair in the second half. Jack Murray scored Mt. Blue’s first goal in the first quarter. Quinn Guistra and Matt Hyde picked up assists.

“Mt. Blue came out hard,” Camden Hills coach Wade Ward said. “They came out ready to play. They were elevating their defense. Their middies are running hard. They wanted every ground ball. They played hard.

“They were pumped and ready to go. Our guys came out flat in the first half. We have been working on the progression stuff offensively. They have got to start feeling the offense. They have got to start moving in it.

“The guys came out flat and finally in the second half, they came out and started committing. They started taking what they needed to do. They did a great job picking it up.”

Mt. Blue’s Tyler Gray (1) watches as Camden Hills’ Thomas Griebel slips away in a lacrosse game at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Prescott Field in Farmington on Thursday.

Mt. Blue goalie Brody Looney leaps in the air for the ball as teammate Nick Foy (50) watches the action in a lacrosse game against Camden Hills at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Prescott Field in Farmington on Thursday.


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