2013 Season Game Reports

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CCHS 15 - Framingham 13 (last regular game of season)

After losing to Shrewsbury Monday by one goal thus dashing any hopes for a Division 1 playoff run, the Patriots (8-9-1) rebounded in a strong fashion Tuesday by defeating #10th ranked Framingham (14-4) with a score of 15-13 at Doug White Field.

CC looked both strong and confident in their final game as they competed at the highest level against an athletic and stealthy Flyer team. Once again junior captain Allie Barrett led the charge wracking up 5 goals and 2 assists while Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney both added 3 goals each.

Back in the lineup for CC were starters center Hannah Dudley who collected 1 goal, 5 draw controls, and 3 ground balls and sophomore Lexi Goodhue who had 3 tallies of her own with her distinct crease roll from around the net.

The Patriots battled the high powered Framingham offense matching them goal for goal through the first fifteen minutes of play but with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half and CC up by one, they managed the first notable lead as a Framingham shot hit the CC cross pipe.

The Patriots grabbed the ensuing ground ball then quickly transitioned down field for a tally. Moments later, Johanna O’ Neil would win the draw control and pass off to Kate Wyeth speeding down the right side of the field who’s perfect pass assist to Becca Olsen split the seam of two Framingham defenders.

Olsen found the back of the net giving the Patriots a bit of breathing room and a 3 goal lead. Both teams battled for goals through the following minutes but CC continued to chip away at extending their lead.

With confidence growing, the Patriots went into the half up by five at 14- 9.

As expected, Framingham came out fast and furious to begin the second half. CC Goalie Conley Ernst made several early key stops to help keep the Patriot lead. Though unsuccessful, the Patriots continued to create scoring opportunities of their own including a breakaway shot, three free positions, and a high pipe shot.

Both teams then buckled down and a defensive battle ensued as each offense could only muster one goal before the ten minute mark of the half. Once again CC defenders Lucy Fell, Johanna O Neil, and Madeline Leahy played smart resilient defense awhile freshmen defender Brianna Stout continued her aggressive prowess.

Down 15-10 with 11 minutes remaining, the battle tested Flyers were determined to not give up and continued to grind out plays while going on a 3 goal run to bring the game within two.

But CC would again match them goal for goal as Patriot’s Mahoney and Barrett each notched scores to help stave off any remaining Flyer attack.

The Patriots maintained the ball for the final seconds as the clock ran out thus ending their 2013 season.

Coach Morrison looked back on the season, "We had some very close losses over the year, none more bitter than the one goal loss to Shrewsbury yesterday. Yet this team was always resilient and battled to the end, and today they were rewarded for that effort by beating one of the top ten teams in the state. Kate Wyeth, Maddie Holmes, Lucy Fell, Halle Burns and Miranda Gaehde are terrific athletes and wonderful people. The Class of 2013 has laid the foundation for CCHS Girls Lacrosse to reach greater heights in the near future."

Based on the win-loss record of their opponents, laxpower.com determined that the Patriots ended their season with the fifth most difficult Division 1 Girls Lacrosse schedule in the state only behind Andover, Westwood, Notre Dame, and Lincoln Sudbury

In spite of significant injuries to several starters, the Patriots lost 2 games by only 2 goals and 3 games by only 1 goal.

The Patriots will be returning 17 of their 22 Varsity players in 2014.

The Junior Varsity team under Co-Coaches Amy Carlton and Helen Lyons completed a very successful season with a 14-4-1 record.

The Freshmen team under Head Coach Jenn Frizzelle and Asst. Coach Nancy Campbell had a perfect undefeated season with a 12-0 record.



Shrewsbury 15 - CCHS 14

In a must win game to continue their quest for the Division 1 North playoffs, the Patriots allowed a 4 goal half time lead to slip away losing 15-14 to the Shrewsbury Colonials on Tuesday. It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots who took control for the first half of the game.


CC midfielder Becca Olsen dominated in the Shrewsbury end tallying 4 goals within the first 15 minutes of play including a beautiful stick check on the Colonial, scooping the ball and firing it to the back of the net.

Johanna O'Neil

Allie Barrett, Emma Mahoney, Jenna Carlton, and Cassidy Hale all provided additional tallies for CC as Johanna O’Neil provided them with 6 draw controls and 2 ground balls. Meanwhile CC defenders Lucy Fell, Madeline Leahy, and Brianna Stout coupled with senior Captain and goalie Maddie Holmes played a staunch, resilient defensive game making the Colonials work hard for every goal they could muster.

A Patriot yellow card allowed the Colonials to take an early lead of 3-2; however, once the teams regained balance, CC managed the ball better and went into half with a solid 9-5 lead.

The second half was all Shrewsbury; however, the Colonials made adjustments in their game plan, gaining more draw controls and modifying to a fast break game which stymied the Patriots.

The Colonials went on a 7 goal run to take a 12-9 lead as Coach Morrison called for a time out. Following the stop in play, the Patriots resumed play with a goal each by Mahoney and Hale to bring the game within one.

Shrewsbury responded with three straight fast breaks to push out to a 15-11 lead. With just over 4 minutes remaining and a second time out, the Patriots began to gain momentum again as Hale, O’Neil, and Mahoney all fought to win crucial draw controls. Kate Wyeth, Olsen, and Hale then followed through with needed tallies to bring the Patriots within back one a goal.

At 15-14 and just over a minute remaining, CC had to win the draw control for any chance to tie the game. And they did as Hale won the ball and raced down field toward goal spotting Barrett to her right.

Barrett-- seeking a must needed goal-- then drove to goal cutting between two Colonial defenders and firing a perfect bounce shot to tie the game. Unfortunately a questionable charging call was announced by an official negating the goal and giving Shrewsbury possession.

The Colonials then effectively went into stall mode for the remaining minute to win the game as time ran out.

"It was a tough way to lose," said Coach Morrison. "We had two goals called back in the second half with our season on the line. The kids never gave up, and like they have all season they fought and competed to the bitter end."



Patriots Push Past Buccaneers
Junior Becca Olsen collected four goals to help pace the CC Patriots (7-8-1) past the Bedford Buccaneers (4-9-1) 18-6 in Sunday’s makeup game.

After initially allowing two goals back on May 9th to the Buccaneers’ under threatening rain, CC poured on the offense with three goals in the next three minutes of play before the skies opened up resulting in a game postponement.

The Patriots picked up where they left off Sunday dousing their opponent with eight goals to  Bedford’s one. Goals came fast, often and wide spread throughout the game from ten CC players including Kate Wyeth (3 goals), Allie Barrett (2 goals), Emma Mahoney (2 goals), Cassidy Hale (2 goals), Catherine Gouchoe (1 goal), Mirande Gaehde (1 goal), Amelia Johnson (1 goal) and Johann O Neil (1 goal) . Sophomore attack Jenna Carlton led with 6 points on 1 goal and 5 assists.
 
The Patriots continued to show their balanced team approach on both ends of the field as Junior Tessa Dibble, Senior Lucy Fell and Freshmen Madeline Leahy and Briana Stout all made defensive contributions.  Barrett and O’ Neal supported the midfield play with a combined 7 ground balls. Conley Ernst minded net for the Patriots during the first half of play allowing only 2 goals, while Freshmen goalie Kayla Milofsky provided the same stubborn play in net the second half.
 
Coach Morrison - that win was much needed for the Patriots. "We are in a win or go home mode right now. If we want to make the playoffs we can't lose another regular season game. I thought Kate Wyeth led us again, and she has really picked up the team down the stretch. Jenna Carlton having 5 assists is a trend that the whole team needs to pick up on to make us more dangerous. It was great to see Miranda Gaehde, Amelia Johnson, Catherine Gouchoe, Tessa Dibble, and Kayla Milofsky make the most of their opportunity out there.


Patriots Pull a Magic Act On Marblehead

Becca Olsen
The CCHS Girls lacrosse team (6-8-1) put on a show of their own Friday defeating the Marblehad Magicians (14-1-1), 17-8 at Doug White Field. The Patriots who are battling for a Division 1 playoff berth took control of the game early and never looked back. Senior Captain Kate Wyeth led the Patriot charge notching 5 goals while Allie Barrett and Becca Olsen supplied three  goals each.  Freshmen Cassidy Hale also punched in 2 goals with 2 assists as fellow classmate Sophie Shipe potted a goal. Sophomore Conley Ernst was once again remarkebly defiant in net.  The Patriot netminder made 6 solid saves on 9 shots in the first half, some during early critical early stages of the game that allowed CC to push out to a sizeable lead before the half.  Ernst would end the game with  9 saves on 16 shots for a 56% save average.
 
This may have been one of the Patriots best 50 minutes of overall balanced play this season. It was a solid team effort on both sides of the ball as the defensively Johanna O’Neal, Lucy Fell, Madeline Leahy and Halle Burns continuously harrassed Marblehead causing turnovers then collected ensuing ground balls and transistioned them up midfield to the offense. The return of Captain midfielder Allie Barrett from an ankle injury was significant and immediate for CC as the Junior scored two of the first three Patriot goals and helped CC  set the tone for  the game. Marblehead, who had entered the game ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the state by various polls and newspapers could do little to gain any traction or momentum as CC took control outbattling for the ground balls and playing mostly mistake free lacrosse.  At the half CC led 10-3
 
The Magicians managed a short spray of 3 consecutive goals early in the second half to bring the game within for at 10-6 however CC’s offense responded well to the challenge as Wyeth & Olsen both doubled up with tallies while Mahoney, Hale and Carlton all found the back the of net.  With five minutes remaining and a 15-8 CC lead,  Marblehead attempted to press the Patriots stalled offense by doubling up  on CC ball handlers.  The Patriots executed well however eating up valuable clock time while still notching two final empty net goals.
 
"We really needed that win" said CC Coach Paul Morrison. "Conley Ernst was the difference for us in goal early in the game, and then the team settled down. Captain Kate Wyeth had a monster game for us and led the way to keep our playoff hopes alive." 



Wayland 14, CC 11

It’s been a tough season for the CCHS Girls Lacrosse team. With only one senior starter returning and several young, athletic but inexperienced varsity players in the 2013 lineup, Coach Morrison knew in many respects this would be a re-building year for his team.

Conley Ernst

What was not expected however, were the injuries which continued to pile up and plague the team. With four starters out this week, the timing could not have been worse for CC as they faced Dual County League rival Wayland. Going into Monday’s game the Warriors were 8-1-1, with only a 14-8 loss to undefeated Westford Academy and a 12-12 tie to the Patriots.

With starting center Hannah Dudley out of the line-up, CC managed but 4 draw controls the entire game in a 15-10 loss to Wayland. CC’s offense was led by Emma Mahoney (4 goals, 1 assist) Kate Wyeth (3 goals) and Jenna Carlton (1 goal, 2 assists, 3 caused turnovers). Patriot defender Lucy Fell played exceptionally well face guarding Wayland’s top player, Amy Cunningham, and limiting their ace to only 2 goals.

Wayland’s offense took control of the game early consistently passing to open players who made well placed shots on net that eluded CC goalie Conley Ernst. Meanwhile the Patriot offense sputtered as they would connect the dots perfectly for tallies on one series only to turn the ball over on the next. At the half Wayland led 9-4.

The Warriors would stretch their lead by a goal to begin the second half before the Patriots gained traction and went on a four-goal run as Mahoney, Wyeth, Carlton and Olsen each contributed a goal to bring the game back within two at 10-8. 

A Wayland timeout was effective and slowed the CC momentum as the Warriors collected another two goals before the Patriots potted one. Re-energized, the Warriors pressed the CC defense with two consecutive goals coming off an isolation play and a crease roll. The Patriots would manage one final tally to bring the game within three however with only minutes remaining Wayland would take advantage of draw controls to kill the clock

"Despite being shorthanded the kids  worked hard and made Wayland earn the win" said Coach Paul Morrison. "The team has had to battle through a lot of adversity and they never give up which bodes well for us going forward."


CC 17, Weston 16

The Patriots defeated the Weston Wildcats Thursday 17-16 in a tightly contested lacrosse match.

CC pulled it together in the second half defensively allowing only 5 goals on 12 shots while the offense sprang for 7 second period goals. The Patriots were led by Sr. Tri- Captain Kate Wyeth and Junior Midfielder Becca Olsen as each provided 4 goals. CC Sophomore attack Jenna Carlton supplied both offensive and defensive firepower with 3 goals and 3 caused turnovers.

The Wildcats took control of the game early on by winning the first two draw controls and taking them to goal with well placed shots on CC goalie Maddie Holmes before the Patriots would connect as Olsen would deke three Weston players then find the back of the net. Weston fired back with two more goals to take a 4-1 lead before CC’s Wyeth would add a second tally  bringing the score within two only to have Patriot Freshmen Brianna Stout add a third goal.

Kate Wyeth
An offensive battle then ensued as each offense swapped goal for goal while neither defense was able to stop a shot. Eventually Patriots Wyeth and Carlton would stop the back and forth with back to back goals to tie the game at 10.  The Wildcats would add another goal before the half for good measure to take an 11-10 lead. 

Goalie Conley Ernst took over in net for CC in the second half of the game and blocked three of the next four Wildcat shots. CC’s Hannah Dudley, Lexi Goodhue and Carlton would add back to back to back tallies to  help the Patriots go on to take a one goal lead.

With time waning, CC defenders Halle Burns, Tessa Dibble, Madeline Lahey and Emily Mushlitz ratcheted up their defense while Lucy Fell played her signature defense of slowing down Westons’ top goal producer. Patriot Johanna ONeil continued to solidify her importace as she led the Patriots with 5 draw controls and 4 ground balls. 

With just over two minutes remaing, CC attacker Goodhue scored her second, and game winning  goal off a free position shot while Ernst sealed the game for the Patriots with a 58 percent earned save average. The Patriots finished by stalling the ball for the remaining 1:39 seconds.

"The tempo of the game determined our strategy from the sideline" said Coach Morrison. "We were scoring on most of our shots so it made sense to keep firing away. Kate (Wyeth) and Becca (Olsen) were asked to step up and they did by scoring four goals each."


Lincoln-Sudbury 7 - CC 6

With less than six minutes remaining and a 6-3 lead, things were looking good for the Patriots last Tuesday. Freshmen Cassidy Hale had just scored on a feed from Hannah Dudley to give the Patriots some added breathing room.

It had been an intense battle as both teams pounced on one another with high-pressure defense and aggressive stick checks. But the Patriots had made the most of their scoring opportunities. And then there was CC goalie Conley Ernst, who was having a stellar performance in net collecting 13 saves on goal while allowing only three goals.

But a well needed timeout by LS Coach DeJesus helped her corral and reinvigorate her troops. It worked, as LS won the next four draws controls and played mistake-free lacrosse. Sharp passing and crisp catching followed by hard drives to goal all resulted in Warrior tallies. Meanwhile the Patriots, who had led the entire game, managed to do little as LS backchecked aggressively causing CC turnovers and missed shots on goals.

CC controlled much of the first half winning the early draw controls and out hustling LS to the ball. Three Patriot goals came as a result, one each by Becca Olsen, Kate Wyeth and Jenna Carlton who’s nifty midfield break away notched the top left hand corner.
Meanwhile Ernst was on fire in net for CC as she frustrated the Warriors with their inability to get the ball by her. Ernst ended the half with 11 saves on 13 shots. CC went into the half with a  3-2 lead.

LS potted an early second half shot to tie the game at 3, but CC retaliated with two goals by Emma Mahoney and Olsen giving CC a 5-3 lead.
Hale’s later goal came following an LS foul on CC’s Mahoney. The midfielder connected with Dudley who in turn found Hale as she cut past two LS defenders and released a well placed shot. Meanwhile CC’s defense continued its  aggressively stance fighting for ground balls and possession. Johanna O Neil, Lucy Fell, Tessa Dibble, Madeline Leahy and Emily Mushlitz all contributed in keeping LS off the board. The Warriors finally connected on a free position shot after a Patriot 3 second violation. Later, CC defender O’Neil would made an incredible defensive play on the ball as LS was awarded an open net free position shot. Crashing hard, the defender deflected the shot on a wide open net to help keep the Patriot lead.

But LS had gained the momentum and continued to press CC. Two critical Patriot turnovers coupled with a shooting foul were all LS needed as they sank their final shots to edge the Pats 7-6 as time ran down.

"Conley Ernst was tremendous in goal." said Morrison. "We haven't given LS a game since 2009, so to come that close and let it slip away was a bitter pill for the team to swallow."


Patriots 10, Natick 7

The Concord-Carlisle girls lacrosse team found their step again on Monday, April 29, defeating the Natick Red Hawks 10-7 at Doug White Field.

Having come off two close losses, the Patriots were determined to get back on track. CC Midfielders Becca Olsen and Hannah Dudley led the charge with 3 goals, 1 assist each, while freshman Attack Brianna Stout contributed another 3 goals. Attack Lexi Goodhue also chipped in a goal.

Patriot goalie Conley Ernst was again superb in net making 11 saves and earning a 58 percent save average.

Defensively, the Patriots displayed their typical physical style game. Lucy Fell, Tessa Dibble, Johanna O’Neil, Madeline Leahy and Emily Mushlitz all played tight and square to Natick attackers as the Red Hawks continually attempted to beat the CC defenders with one-on-one challenges.

The Patriot defense would end the day collecting 7 ground balls and forcing 4 caused turnovers.

"Conley Ernst was excellent in the cage for us today" said Coach Paul Morrison. "The team pulled together for the win and continues to improve."


Patriots Nipped By Tomahawks

The Concord Carlisle girls lacrosse team fell just short Saturday in a  close contest to last years Division 1 State Finalist,  Algonquin 12-11. Senior Captain Kate Wyeth led the Patriots with 3 goals and 1 assist while Juniors Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney each collected 3 goals.

With continued injuries to three veteran starters, Coach Morrison needed to rely heavily on his five freshmen players  including Cassidy Hale,  Brianna Stout, Madeline Leahy,   Johanna O’Neil and Center Hannah Dudley all of whom battled mightily and showed great composure in a very close match.

Patriot Sophomore Goalie Conley Ernst had a standout game in net.  Ernst continually made save after save helping to keep CC in the game while her infectious enthusiasm helped rally her teammates. Ernst collected  a season high 11 saves while earning a 50% goals against average.

Turnovers were the main culprit for CC as Algonquin applied high pressure much of the game forcing the Patriots to drop balls and rush passes in their midfield transition game.  Algonquin took advantage of two Patriot yellow cards by scoring two goals in the second half.

The Patriots battled back from a one goal 8-7 halftime deficit to take a 9-8 lead as Sophomore Attack Jenna Carlton tied the game followed by a Kate Wyeth go ahead goal on a nice feed from  Becca Olsen.

Algonquin’s fast midfield transition game proved to be too much however as the Tomahawks took back the momentum and lead with a 3 goal run.  The Patriots rallied for two more goals coming off draw controls,  one tally each by Hannah Dudley and Emma Mahoney before Algonquin notched it on a fast break goal with just a minute remaining in the game. The Tomahawks went on to win the final draw control, stalling the ball to seal the win.

"It was a great high school lacrosse game" commented Coach Paul Morrison. "With the injuries we've been dealing with every player dug down deeper to put us in a position to be in the game at the end. Our veteran players led the way. Kate Wyeth had a monster game for us along with big efforts from Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney." 


 
Down But Not Out

When returning Patriot Varsity starter Emma Brandhorst went down with a season ending ACL injury in the final minutes of a scrimmage win over Medfield, Concord Carlisle Coach Paul Morrison knew he just lost one of his strongest offensive players.  When leading scorer Allie Barrett went down last week with a high ankle sprain in a win over Masconomet, he knew the combined loss would be a huge obstacle.

Coach Morrison challenged his underclassmen and first year players to step up and push harder than they have ever before.
And the players did just that as they played their hearts out for 50 minutes Thursday, falling short to Acton Boxboro 12-8 in a closer game than the score indicated.  Offensively CC outgained the Colonials in draw controls and ground balls.  Defensively they caused several forced turnovers.  Senior Lucy Fell was given face guard duties in shutting down the Colonials top scorer.   In the end it was twenty two CC turnovers that made the difference.

The Patriots controlled ball possession for much of the first half  patiently working the eight meter as they attempted to penetrate the staunch Colonial defense. AB’s goalie proved to be proficient collecting two early save while a third CC opportunity hit the crossbar. The Patriots attempted several tight passes that resulted in AB turnovers, and ultimately goals.  But Patriot Center Hannah Dudley would rally for CC’s  first goal followed a minute later by Junior Midfielder Emma Mahoney’s goal on a Free Position shot tying the game at 2. The matched remained tight for much of the half as both defenses buckled down forcing turnovers while the offenses were unable to generate much firepower.  With less than 6 minutes in the half, AB capped off  2 goals, then a last second goal before the half.  The score, AB 5, CC 2.

Coach Paul Morrison lamented on his teams pattern of first half struggles. "This is the second game that we have scored just two goals in the first half. Both teams turned the ball over a ton and neither was able to get into a rhythm.

The Colonials continued their momentum in the second half connecting on sharp passes to fast cutters adding another two more to the box score.  At the five minute mark Patriot Jenna Carlton found fellow Attacker Lexi Goodhue open by the edge of the net and Goodhue found the AB webbing for her first of two second half goals. CC Junior Attack Becca Olsen followed up with two consecutive tallies of her own to bring the game back within two.   But AB pressured CC at midfield causing a couple crucial turnovers that resulted in two fast break Colonial goals before Patriot’s Goodhue pasted her second goal.  Sophomore goalie Conley Ernst entered the second half making 3 impressive saves. The Patriots intensified their defensive effort  with several forced turnovers including a spectacular open net goal saving stick check from behind play by O’Neil.   Whilee CC dominated time of possession they were unable to convert on several shots and free positions. Olsen earned her third goal of the game then Dudley followed up with her second.  But with only minutes remaining CC turned the ball over again resulting in a fast break goal by AB and  putting the game out of reach.

"We played better in the second half." said Coach Morrison "It took the team a while to adjust to playing without a leader like Allie Barrett.  The turnovers are still a big concern. It is going to be hard to win games if we have the amount of unforced turnovers like we did against AB."

Some noteworthy Patriot mid season statistics:

  • In Every Game- The Patriots record now stands at 3-5-1 however each of their five losses have been decided, on average, by just two goals.
  • Compete With The Best- The Patriots tie against Wayland is Wayland’s only non win of the season.
  • Turnovers A Culprit- In the 5  Patriot losses, they have averaged 15 turnovers a game.  In the 3 Patriot wins they have averaged 6 turnovers a game. 
  • Draws controls  going up- The Patriots averaged 5.5 draw controls a  game in their first 4 games and  11 draw controls a game in the last four games.
  • Young And Athletic- The Patriots typical starting lineup includes 9 underclassmen and 3 Seniors.

CC 12 - Maconomet 8

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Reading 12 - CC 10

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Patriots Route Buccaneers 14-1

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CC took advantage of their speed, strength and more finely tuned stickwork trouncing Bedford Wednesday 14-1.  The Patriots controlled  the  game from the outset, as freshmen Hannah Dudley won the draw control, ran the field and placed a well aimed shot to the top corner.  CC never looked back.  Scoring came fast,  frequently and by many as Emma Mahoney (3 goals, 1 assist) & Becca Olsen(3 goals led the Patriots while Lexi Goodhue, Hannah Dudley & Jenna Carlton all contributed as well. The Patriots worked methodically running plays around the 12  and 8 meter before dumping feeds into big spaces and making accurate shots on goal.  Meanwhile the Buccaneers struggled having difficulty winning draw controls or  taking advantage of any possible ground balls turn overs.  At the half CC lead 12-0.
 
The Patriots eased back for much of the second half but still maintained offensive pressure and ball control on their opponent.  While CC’s defense of Johannah O’ Neil (3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover) Lucy Fell, Halle Burns, Madeline Leahy and Brianna Stout negated any scoring opportunities by Bedford, the Patriot offense added goals by sophomores Lexi Goodhue  and Catherine Gouchoe.

Coach Morrison utilzied his entire bench and continured to have his team work plays and stall to eat up the clock as time ran down.

"It was a solid game for the team today" said coach Paul Morrison "The starters took control of the game from the onset. Our reserves got plenty of playing time. It was nice to see Catherine Gouchoe (2 goals) and Mirada Gaehede both score their first varsity goals."



Down To The Wire- Patriots 12, Warriors 12

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With less than a minute remaining it appeared CC’s hard fought battle against the Wayland Girl's lacrosse team would be all in vain.  Just seconds prior the Warriors had won its 15th of 19 draw controls and zipped a goal past Patriot Sophomore goalie Conley Ernst  to take a 12-11 lead. But the Patriots showed dogged determination as Sophomore Jenna Carlton took a pass on the ensuing draw control, raced half the field then dumped off a nice feed to Freshman Hannah Dudley who hit the top left corner tying the game at 12-12.
 
The final score was indicative of just how well matched theses two team were as neither team could gain more than a 2 goal lead throughout the match.  CC continued to show it’s enduring strength on defense as Johannah O’ Neil (3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers) and Halle Burns (1 goal, 3 ground balls) provided standout plays at key points in the game to help the Patriots. The CC offense was lead by Captains Kate Wyeth (3 goals) and Allie Barrett (4 goals, 1 assist). Conley Ernst collected 3 saves in net for the Patriots.
 
DudleyThe Patriots set the tone early as Becca Olsen (2 goals) took a feed from Barrett, then found the far side of the net.  The Warriors followed up with two consecutive goals to take a one goal lead which they managed to maintain throughout the first half.  Patriot goalie Conley Ernst would make 3 key stops in the half including a tremendous save on a wicked blast from Wayland’s Amy Cunningham on a near breakaway.  The Warriors goalie proved equally as challenging making several saves as the Patriot took a total of 9 shots on net. The Warriors went into the half leading 6-5.
 
"We were in a similar situation at the at the end of the first half in our last game when we played Westford on Saturday" said Coach Paul Morrison. "we were holding the ball to play for the last shot of the half. In this game (Wayland) we were able to convert on a goal by Ali Barrett to close the gap to one, as opposed to Westford where we turned the ball over and they score to go up by three. To see us convert in a pressure situation just one game later is a great sign of the girls ability to learn from intense game situations."
 
 The second half continued much like the first as each team matched goal for goal.  A key play in the half came when the Warriors, up by two goals, were pressing in the CC end. Wayland appeared to be in scoring position to take a 3 goal lead but CC defender  O’Neil made a great stick check on the  Warrior attacker helping CC to gain ball possession on the caused turnover.
 
A second big play occurred when Patriot defender Halle Burns collected a ground ball in the CC end, sprinted the length of the field past several Wayland defenders, then drove to goal gaining a free position shot. Burns would collect her first goal of the season but more importantly tied the game at 10-10 with only minutes remaining.
 
The final minutes were pressure packed as both teams knew how important this game would be for DCL honors. Barrett would go on to make another crucial Patriot free position shot of to tie the game at 11-11, while the final goal by Dudley earned the tie.
 
Coach Morrison commented on the play of his upper classmen. "Captains Kate Wyeth and Allie Barrett provided great leadership in all three zones today. Juniors Emma Mahoney on the defensive end, and Becca Olsen on attack provided at steady presence that gave their teammates confidence as the game became more and more intense. Seniordefenders Lucy Fell and Halle Burns played outstanding games with Lucy minimizing Wayland's best offensive threat, and Halle having the confidence to rush the ball into the attack zone and score a key goal."  
 
The Patriots 1-2-1 continue their season Wednesday at Doug White field against the Bedford Buccaneers.
 


Patriots Pull Away From Wildcats 16-12

Junior Captain Allie Barrett scored two goals and added four assists, while Sophomore Lexi Goodhue punched in  five goals as Concord-Carlisle defeated Dual County League Small rival Weston 16-12 on Thursday.

Allie Barrett

The Patriots broke out with  a fast run early as Allie Barrett, Becca Olsen, Jenna Carlton, Emma Mahoney and Lexi Goodhue all found the back of Weston’s net within the first seven minutes of the game while the Wildcats scrambled to only  muster a  goal making it a 5-1 game. But Weston found their game winning the next seven draw controls and fought back to bring the game back within one  goal.  In an attempt to change the Wildcat’s momentum CC increased their physical play only to result in multiple fouls and Wildcat  free positions but over time CC narrowed the play.  The game remained tight for the following 10 minutes as CC defenders Senior Lucy Fell and Freshman Johannah  O ‘Neil battled hard for turnovers and ground balls while Senior Halle Burns and Freshman Brianna Stout continued their physical type game.  Both teams pecked away a goal at a time as Barrett, Olsen and Mahoney added goals at one end of the field, but with less than two minutes remaining in the  half the Wildcats would took advantage of a key  draw control followed by a CC turnover to tie the game  at 7 apiece.
 
"I was happy to see the team come out of the gate with more confidence than they did two days ago" said Coach Paul Morrison. " We dominated early, but then had a mental lapse from the mid point of the first  half allowing Weston to tie the game by half time. That breakdown was a true sign of our youth and inexperience."

The second half began much like the end of the first half as Weston won 2 consecutive draw controls, transitioned well down field and and scored.  But just as it appeared the Wildcats might pull  away, CC took over going on a five  goal run as Sophomore Attack Lexi Goodhue dropped  in three goals from around the crease with two assists coming from Allie Barrett and one from Jenna Carlton. Freshmen Hannah Dudley would add another goal along with Senior Kate Wyeth who made a  strong drive and shot on net.  Sophomore Attack Jenna Carlton would add her second goal of the game taking advantage of a free position shot.  Defensively  Senior Captain Goalie Maddie Holmes tightened in net  making several fine saves  and 6 on the day.  CC’s second half momentum  came as a result of  regaining draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers as Junior Emma Mahoney( 4 draw controls),  Senior Halle Burns and Junior Allie Barrett (three ground balls each) and Kate Wyeth and Becca Olsen (1 forced turnover each) helped lead the way. 

The Wildcats attempted to claw their way back into the game however CC would maintain its edge outscoring Weston in the final 10 minutes with two CC goals to every Weston one.

According to Coach Morrison the team is a work in progress. "Our performance was inconsistent but the kids never stop working to improve, and they turned it on at the end to secure the victory. I was very happy for two of my seniors, Goalie Maddie Holmes and Defender Lucy Fell. Maddie was the backup goalie last year and saw limited action but she has upped her game and embraced the starter's role. Lucy suffered a knee injury in the fall of her junior year and missed last season, but she had a breakout game against Weston causing them to turn the ball over five times"  


CC Up Ended by Westford Academy

On Saturday evening the Patriots faced CC Division 1 North power Westford Academy at Doug White Field. The Patriots lost a hotly contested game by a score of 12-7. The Gray Ghost of Westford jumped out to an early lead scoring successive goals, but CC was able to chip away closing the gap with  a score of  five to three the end of the half before Westford scored with seconds left to go up six to three.  "The last offensive and defensive series of the half was a killer for us" said CCHS Coach Paul Morrison. "We had the ball settled in their end to set up the last shot of the half, but turned it over with 30 seconds left and they transitioned it down the field and scored. Instead of going into the half down one with the momentum, we are down six to three. Westford is a team dominated by upperclassmen and they capitalized in key moments."

Lucy FellCCHS continued to battle  drawing within one goal to make the score 8-7 at the 12:32 mark of the second half. But the veteran laden Westford squad withstood the CCHS push and held on for a 12-7 win.


Junior Captain Allie Barrett had a strong performance for CC chipping in two goals and three assist. Junior midfielder Emma Mahoney had two goals and one assist for the Patriots. Senior Captain Kate Wyeth, Sophomore Lexi Goodhue, and Freshman Hannah Dudley each had one goal to round out the scoring for Concord Carlisle. Senior Lucy Fell (6 ground ball pick ups) and Freshman Johanna O'Neil (3 ground ball pick ups and 1 caused turnover) bolstered a defense that was led by Senior Halle Burns who did an outstanding job shutting down Westford's top scorer, and DCL All Star Bailey Mongillo. Goalie Maddie Holmes, a senior captain, was strong in net with nine saves.

Despite the loss Coach Morrison was positive about his team's performance. "We played our best game of the young season against a highly rated opponent. Our team stayed composed in high intensity situations.  As the season progresses and we mature as a team we will put together a great performance for the entire fifty minutes of play, which is something that we have not done yet, but are striving to achieve."

The Patriots return to action on Tuesday April 9 and Wednesday April 10 with home contests against DCL Small Division rivals Wayland and Bedford.



Wellesley Outlasts CC 10-7

On a cold & blustery Tuesday, the Wellesley  Raiders managed to hold off the CC Patriots 10-7  at Doug White Field.   Wellesley’s Annie Valle carried the hot stick of the day scoring 6 of the Raiders 10 goals while the Patriots were led by Becca Olsen (3 goals, 1 assist) and Allie Barrett (2 goals, 1 assist)
 
The Raiders jumped out to an early 1-0  lead before Olsen would tie up the game for CC.  The following 15 minutes were controlled by Wellesley as CC was unable to gain ball possession on crucial draw controls and the Raiders went on an aggressive 5 goal run.  CC’s defense played well but was constantly put on task as Wellesley maintained pressure in the CC end for much of the first half.  With less than 4 minutes remaining Patriot Captain Allie Barrett would help put CC back in the game as she found the back of the net on a nice feed from Olsen.  The Patriots won the ensuing draw control, however a CC offside penalty would negate their chances of attempting a final shot on goal only to have the Raiders make fast work of the turnover in the scoring in the final seconds on a crease roll.  At halftime the score was 7-2.
 
Coach Morrison "Our team is very young, and the lack of Varsity game time experience by most of our players showed. I thought our veterans played strong in the first half, and their example helped the new players settle down to perform better in the second half.”
 
The Patriots found renewed confidence in the second half outscoring the Raiders 5-3.   After an initial goal by Wellesley, CC battled back on offense with a 3 goal run of their own led by Captains  Kate Wyeth and Allie Barrett along with Becca Olsen .  With the Patriots within three goals,  CC’s Defenders Lucy Fell, Johanna O Neal and Brianna Stout intensified their tough,  physical game keeping the Raiders away from the crease while Midfielders Emma Mahoney, Kate Wyeth & Allie Barrett continually back checked their opponents.

The Patriots continued to pressure Wellesley on offense and scoring twice more with goals by Olsen and Freshmen Hannah Dudley but Wellesley squeaked out two more goals keeping their lead at three.




Spring 2012 Game Reports

Stories on the CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Games written by Art Ehkelryder and Norm Deplume.


Patriots Drop Finale, will rematch with Framingham In MIAA Playoffs

FRAMINGHAM 15, CC 8

 

The Concord Carlisle Patriots lost their final regular season game to the Framingham Flyers 15-8 in Framingham last Tuesday.

The game was more competitive than the final score would indicate. Within the first minute of the game the Patriots took momentum with goals from Josie Morrison and Allie Barrett to go up 2-0, followed by a 3-1 lead just two minutes into the game. Framingham came alive however, scoring five straight goals and holding the Patriots scoreless during the next 15 minutes.

Framingham’s ability to stretch out and put a lot of one on one pressure on CC ball handlers really affected the Patriots ability to find open shooters. The Framingham defense took aim at CC’s leading scorer Jill Carlton. Carlton, who leads the Patriots in goals and assists was marked exclusively by a Framingham defender face guarding her. With their leading scorer being marked tightly the remaining CC offense fell victim to forced and unforced turnovers and several scoring opportunities were squandered.

This game was a bit of a revenge match for the Flyers (11-8-1) as the Patriots (12-6), knocked Framingham out of the Division 1 tournament last year.

The first half ended with CC charging back with goals from Barrett and Jessie Castelline (also 2 assists) to bring the score to 7-5, however Framingham picked up two more goals just seconds apart to increase their lead to a 9-5.  Allie Barrett collected her 3rd goal of the game before the half bringing the Patriots to within three at 9-6.

CC Coach Paul Morrison summed up his teams first half performance.“We had some moments of brilliance in the first half and went toe to toe with a very good Framingham team. Greta White came up with some huge saves that should have given us momentum, but on three occasions our players couldn’t come up with rebounds off saves, while Framingham players did and quickly potted the ground balls in for scores.”

The second half proved increasingly difficult for CC as the Flyers defense became more dominant shutting down the Patriots offense for the first twenty minutes of play, the only exception that from an Emma Brandhorst free position goal.  The Flyers scored six consecutive goals before the Patriots scored the final tally of the game. Barrett lead the Patriots with 4 goals. Sophomore Becca Olsen also added a goal for the Patriots.

“Framingham year in and year out is one of the best programs in the state, and that is a credit to their Coach Stacey Freda. I didn’t realize it but that was their first non-league win of the season, and that is because they play a brutal non league schedule. I would say that our nonleague schedule at Concord Carlisle was by far the most challenging in recent memory, and we stood up to it pretty well. The team is upbeat for this tournament because we know what tough games are like. We hung tough in 5 of our 6 losses, and I keep telling our players that the next progression for our program will be to steal a win against a team that we are the underdog to.”

The Patriots, the Dual County League Small Champions, will get that chance in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North Tournament on Tuesday at PM when they play the Framingham Flyers at Doug White Field. CC will host the game as the 8th seed while the Flyers are ranked 9th.     

Patriots Drop Finale, will rematch with Framingham In MIAA Playoffs

FRAMINGHAM 15, CC 8

The Concord Carlisle Patriots lost their final regular season game to the Framingham Flyers 15-8 in Framingham last Tuesday.  The game was more competitive than the final score would indicate. Within the first minute of the game the Patriots took momentum with goals from Josie Morrison and Allie Barrett to go up 2-0, followed by a 3-1 lead just two minutes into the game. Framingham came alive however, scoring five straight goals and holding the Patriots scoreless during the next 15 minutes.

Framingham’s ability to stretch out and put a lot of one on one pressure on CC ball handlers really affected the Patriots ability to find open shooters. The Framingham defense took aim at CC’s leading scorer Jill Carlton. Carlton, who leads the Patriots in goals and assists was marked exclusively by a Framingham defender face guarding her. With their leading scorer being marked tightly the remaining CC offense fell victim to forced and unforced turnovers and several scoring opportunities were squandered.

This game was a bit of a revenge match for the Flyers (11-8-1) as the Patriots (12-6), knocked Framingham out of the Division 1 tournament last year.

The first half ended with CC charging back with goals from Barrett and Jessie Castelline (also 2 assists) to bring the score to 7-5, however Framingham picked up two more goals just seconds apart to increase their lead to a 9-5.  Allie Barrett collected her 3rd goal of the game before the half bringing the Patriots to within three at 9-6.

CC Coach Paul Morrison summed up his teams first half performance.“We had some moments of brilliance in the first half and went toe to toe with a very good Framingham team. Greta White came up with some huge saves that should have given us momentum, but on three occasions our players couldn’t come up with rebounds off saves, while Framingham players did and quickly potted the ground balls in for scores.”

The second half proved increasingly difficult for CC as the Flyers defense became more dominant shutting down the Patriots offense for the first twenty minutes of play, the only exception that from an Emma Brandhorst free position goal.  The Flyers scored six consecutive goals before the Patriots scored the final tally of the game. Barrett lead the Patriots with 4 goals. Sophomore Becca Olsen also added a goal for the Patriots.

“Framingham year in and year out is one of the best programs in the state, and that is a credit to their Coach Stacey Freda. I didn’t realize it but that was their first non-league win of the season, and that is because they play a brutal non league schedule. I would say that our nonleague schedule at Concord Carlisle was by far the most challenging in recent memory, and we stood up to it pretty well. The team is upbeat for this tournament because we know what tough games are like. We hung tough in 5 of our 6 losses, and I keep telling our players that the next progression for our program will be to steal a win against a team that we are the underdog to.”

The Patriots, the Dual County League Small Champions, will get that chance in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North Tournament on Tuesday at PM when they play the Framingham Flyers at Doug White Field. CC will host the game as the 8th seed while the Flyers are ranked 9th.    
CC 13, Reading 10

 

The Concord Carlisle Patriots (12-4) defeated the Reading Rockets  (14-4), 13-10  Saturday at Doug White Field.

On a picture perfect evening, ten  soon to graduate Patriot Seniors were honored with flowers and family photographs in appreciation to their hard work and effort as students of Concord Carlisle High School and the CCHS lacrosse program.  The ten Seniors then went on to lead their team to  victory.

With the MIAA playoffs looming only a week away, the Patriots took their game to a new level Saturday.  The three pronged attack included exceptional defense, great midfield ball transition and  crisp offensive scoring.  CC’s ball control and ball movement was undeniable and near perfect throughout the game.

The Patriots dominated on offense throughout the first half as Jessie Castelline and Allie Barrett combined for eight  draw controls . Tri-Captains Jill Carlton (4 goals, 3 assists) Jessie Castelline (3 goals, 1 assist) and Josie Morrison (1 goals, 3 assists) led the Patriot charge along with Becca Olsen (3 goals) and  Kate Wyeth & Emma Brandhorst (1 goal each).  The Patriots passing precision was near perfect as they continually found the open player for goals while accomplishing a season low in ball turnovers.

Defensively, Catie Standish, Jennie Robinson, Marin Epstein and Annie Bannon all contributed with solid efforts as they played tight, aggressive coverage on Reading’s attackers forcing multiple turnovers while effectively clearing the ball out of their end. Emma Mahoney played exceptional on defense making two big plays utilizing her  speed first on a well anticipated pass interception followed later in the game by  a goal saving effort in which she caught a breakaway Reading attacker from behind deflecting her shot on goal.

CC led at the half 9-4.

Coach Morrison- “Senior night is always a big game for the team, and with ten seniors we wanted to win this game for them. We respected Reading and knew it would be tough. It was apropos that the seniors played such a huge role in the victory. Senior defender Annie Bannon set the tone of the game for us off the opening draw. Annie won the draw from a difficult position behind the restraining line, and then rolled out of pressure and made a beautiful pass to release the ball toward Reading defensive end of the field. I knew the team was going to be on all night from that moment.”

Reading began the second half with renewed confidence winning the first three draw controls and scoring on fast breaks.  CC countered with a nice goal of their own by Kate Wyeth. The game continued back and forth for the next ten minutes as each team attempted to capitalize on several opportunities.  Patriot goalie Greta White was again instrumental making several important saves while CC’s defense buckled down causing Reading to make wild shots missing net.  Offensively, the Patriots became more methodical, relying on their veteran seniors Carolyn Donelan, Josie Morrison, Jill Carlton and Jessie Castelline to slow the game down by finding the  open player and spraying the ball around the field as they ate valuable minutes off the clock. Readings’  attempts to double and triple team Patriot ball carriers were to no avail.

As the final seconds ticked down, a large crowd of Patriot followers cheered on their team, testament to an impressive performance on very special evening.

Said Coach Morrison “We knew coming in that this game had implications for the upcoming Division 1 North Tournament. One of the Boston newspapers had Reading ranked number 7 and us number 8 in the state, so we anticipated a close game. The team, lead by our seniors, responded to the challenge of a playoff type atmosphere. The three tri-captains, Jill, Jessie, and Josie lead the team in scoring tonight, which is what you want from your captains. Our senior leadership is so deep, we have kids who were captains for field hockey, basketball, ice hockey, and swimming and that depth is paying off for our lacrosse team as the tournament approaches.”

CC plays Norwell Monday home at 4pm.


Patriots Clinch Dual County League Small Title

CC 19, Bedford 3

The Concord Carlisle Girls Lacrosse team earned their second consecutive DCL Small Division 1 Championship on Thursday with a 19-3 victory over Bedford High School at Doug White Field.  The Patriot victory, coupled with a 10-9 Weston victory over Wayland, allowed the Patriots to win their first outright league championship since 2009. Last season CCHS shared the title with Weston.

 

The CCHS Attack was lead by Sophomore Allie Barrett with 4 goals, 2 assists, 5 draw controls, and three ground balls. Jill Carlton added to her impressive Senior season chipping in with 4 goals and 4 assists. Seven other Patriot players got in on the scoring which included tallies from Jessie Castelline (2 goals, 3 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers), Josie Morrison (1 goal, 3 assists), Emma Brandhorst (4 goals), Jenna Carlton (3 goals, 1 assist), Becca Olsen (2 goals), Kate Wyeth (1 goal, 1 assist), Caroline Donelan (1 goal, 1 ground ball pick up), and Lexie Goodhue (1 goal).

 

The Patriots were as impressive on defense holding Bedford to three goals, after allowing the Buccaneers to score sixteen back on April 12th.  Senior Jenny Robinson was the standout defender with 1 draw control, 2 ground balls, and 1 caused turnover. Robinson was assisted by, Caitie Standish (2 ground balls), Annie Bannon (1 ground ball), Caroline Guild (2 ground balls), Marin Epstein, and Emma Mahoney.  Greta White (5 saves, 2 interceptions) started in goal for the Patriots and was relieved by Maddie Holmes (1 save).

 

Coach Paul Morrison reflected on the win and the division title. “One of the team goals we set at the beginning of the season was to win the DCL Small title outright. After losing a heartbreaker to Wayland on Tuesday we weren’t sure if that would happen, but we took care of business today, and things fell into place with Weston upsetting Wayland. The team should be proud of this championship. We had hotly contested games with all of our division opponents. In the first Bedford game they gave us all we could handle (an 18-16 Patriot win), but today things went our way early. It’s never easy to coach a team in a game like that, win or lose. The upside of this one for us is that everyone from our team played a lot of minutes, and it was good to see so many kids get the chance to succeed.”


Wayland Squeezes By CC Girls Lax

 

The CC Girls Patriots  (10-4) lost a tough match to Wayland (9-2-1) 14-13, Tuesday in Wayland.

 

The game held both DCL and Tournaments playoff implications for both teams as a win by Wayland assured them a spot in the post-season tournament while a win for CC would ensure the DCL Small Title.

 

The Warriors won the first half by controlling the majority of draws.  After two Patriot scoring opportunities, Wayland went on a 3 goal scoring run before CC Midfielder Jessie Castelline would sink a low shot to the back of the net. CC had several scoring opportunities early in the game however Wayland’s all-star goalie Rachel Massicotte was quick to handle the high shots.  Although the Patriots struggled with draw controls in the first half, they were resilient keeping the game with 3 goals.  A Wayland power play goal late in the first half sent the Patriots into the break trailing 8-4.

 

“Wayland played with desire all afternoon, and it was apparent that they felt they had a lot to prove after we beat them back on April 10th. We had been down before in games this season so I knew the kids would never give up.”

 

 The Patriots made positional changes on the draw control to begin the second half and quickly took possessions of the ball allowing them back in the game. Jessie Castelline (5 draw controls, 1 goal) won several early draws resulting in fast break goals. It was clear Wayland could not keep up with CC’s fast transitional game as the Patriots narrowed the lead down to 1.  Jill Carlton (4 goals), Emma Brandhorst (3 goals, 2 assists) and Allie Barrett (3 goals, 1 assist) led the charge while Josie Morrison added a goal of her own.

 

In an attempt to slow the game down and take precious time off the clock, Wayland went into a settled offense. CC countered by playing more aggressive on the ball drawing a foul that resulted in a Wayland goal.

 

With just under 2 minutes remaining and Wayland up by two, CC’s Jill Carlton cut the lead back to one with a pretty quick stick assisted by a Emma Brandhorst from behind the net.  With just over a minute remaining Wayland took the ensuing draw control and effectively ran out the remaining clock time securing the one goal win.

 

Coach Morrison “The team is disappointed because for the second year in a row we had the chance to control our destiny and win the DCL Small outright. Last year we split the title with Weston, and one of our goals for this season was to win it outright. Now we have to have help from other teams to reach that goal of an outright league championship. The kids pressed hard the entire second half and we had chance to steal the game from Wayland. Jessie Castelline and Allie Barrett stood out for us today, but in the end we have to tip our hat to Wayland because they withstood or pressure and pulled out the win”.

 

The Patriots play league rival Bedford Thursday at Doug White Field.

 



The CC Patriots (10-3) defeated the Marblehead Magicians (8-4), 17-14 in Marblehead.

 

The Patriots won another shootout Monday against a very physical, hard charging Marblehead team.  This game was a clash of momentum swings as each team battled back and forth the entire evening.  The final five minutes proved to be the most important however as CC showed their superior offensive play.

 

 The Patriots won the initial draw control, moved the ball smartly down the field then found Becca Olsen unattended scoring their first goal.  Moments later Kate Wyeth took a nice feed from Josie Morrison and planted a top corner shot for an early 2-0 Patriot lead.  Just as it appeared CC was gaining momentum, the Magicians fought back countering with two goals of their own and tying the score at two.  The Patriots continued to be aggressive on offense featuring 3 goals by Jessie Castelline each assisted by Jill Carlton. Josie Morrison, Emma Brandhorst and Allie Barrett all contributed goals as the Patriots took a 4 goal lead with six minutes remaining in the half.  Marblehead would not quit and continued to press however as they capitalized on several forced CC turnovers and crept back into the game.  The Patriots defense faced heavy pressure and struggled to come up with answers for Marblehead’s fast break offense. Goalie Greta White was the difference maker, with big saves and enormous interception to help the Patriots keep a narrow one goal  lead into the half.

 

Marblehead played with intensity from the opening draw. I was glad to see us match their effort. Lacrosse is the ultimate team sport and for most of the season the defense has lifted our team. Tonight the D struggled a bit, so it was nice that the Attack was able to pay our defenders back by bailing them out.

 

The second half began with Marblehead winning the draw possession and tying the game. CC battle back with a goal of their own. The next several minutes werein tense as both teams sensing an opportunity to win an important game, increased their physical play in an attempt to create scoring separation from their opponent.  The game was getting rough and unsettled.

 

The Patriots found their poise and maturity relying on Tri-Captains Jill Carlton, Jessie Castelline and Josie Morrison who combined for four of the five crucial second half goals. Castelline recorded her best game of the season with 6 goals, 5 draw controls and 1 assist while Carlton had a season team high of 6 assists and 3 goals, the last score being the game winner.  Josie Morrison tallied 2 goals and 2 assists while adding solid back checking as she pressured Marblehead defenders. 

 

During the final two minutes of play the Patriots worked their stall offense effectively running out the clock and taking home the 17-14 win.

 

Greta White was again immense in goal for the Patriots making many crucial saves along with several momentum changing pass interceptions to keep CC in the win column.

 

Coach Morrison “Greta White’s anticipation on interceptions is amazing. She always seems to jump the ball at the precise moment, and she really frustrated Marblehead in the second half. I was also impressed by the play and leadership of my tri-captions in a very tight ball game. Jessie Castelline was great on both sides of the ball, and Jill Carlton and Josie Morrison had big games scoring and redefending”.

 

CC plays DCL rival Wayland Tuesday in an away game.

Stories on the May 1 and 3, 2012 CCHS Varsity Lacrosse Games versus L-S and Weston written by Art Ehkelryder.

Patriots Defeat Wildcats

Concord, MA. – The Patriots improved to 9-3 after defeating DCL League rival, the Weston Wildcats 14-13 at Doug White Field on Thursday.

The game began with the Wildcats taking an early lead and holding it for the first 5 minutes of play relying on Vanderbuilt-bound Senior Attack Emma Degras.  CC battled back with two nice goal/assist combinations by Kate Wyeth/Jill Carlton and Emma Brandhorst/Josie Morrison.  The following five minutes were deadlocked as each team went goal for goal with either team unable to pull ahead of the other. With just over five minutes remaining in the half the Patriots made their push as Jill Carlton, Jessie Castelline and Allie Barrett all created distance from their defenders for shooting tallies.

At the half CC held an 8- 5 lead.

The second half began with Weston scoring twice on fast breaks to bring the game back within one.  The Patriots responded with a goal of their own as Emma Brandhorst took a pass on the resulting draw and broke free sprinting by the Weston defense for a nice tally.  Degras continued to haunt CC with her speed thus allowing Weston to stay within reach of the Patriot’s slim 2 goal lead.  CC’s defense worked hard to try to contain Degras, however #21 proved to be the Patriots nemesis the entire game.

Offensively, the Patriots continued to keep the pressure on Weston as Jennie Robinson (2 goals, 3 draw controls) made a great sidearm shot from the right edge beating Weston’s goalie on the far pipe.  CC captain Jill Carlton (3 goals, 3 assist, 3 caused turnovers) made two crucial plays during the next five minutes  as she first checked the ball away from a Weston defender  providing  an important CC turn over which resulted in a Patriot goal.  Moments later Carlton drove a top corner shot  to the back of the net providing the Patriots a 3 goal lead and ultimately, the game winning goal.

Coach Morrison commented “It was great to see senior leaders like Jill Carton and Jessie Castelline have such strong games.  Jill scored the game winner for us today, and Jessie came up with clutch draw controls when we needed them.”

Weston remained relentless however as Degras scored again within the next 12 seconds taking the draw control , sprinting straight downfield, splitting the CC defense in two  for another tally.

CC Tri-Captain Jessie Castelline (3 goals, 1 assist, 5 draw controls) paid the favor right back on the following series with a beautiful goal on a nice feed from Carlton.

The back and forth battled continued into the final minutes as CC kept a 1 goal lead.  With two and half minutes remaining the Patriots took final control winning the draw and  effectively stalling the offense with smart  ball movement frustrating the Weston defense until the clock ran out.

CCHS Coach Paul Morrison pointed to the play of one of his unheralded defenders as a key to the victory. “Jenny Robinson has played so strong this year. She is a coach’s dream that will take on any role you ask her. I just started having Jenny take the draw in the past two games and she came up big today, we won 17 of 29 draw controls as a team and Jenny won three of those on her own. Jenny is our best defender game in and game out, and she doesn’t get the press that our scorers do so it was great to see her score two meaningful goals of her own “

CC will play their next game Monday, May 7th at Marblehead.

 

LS 20-CC 4

The Lincoln Sudbury Warriors put on a dominating performance last Tuesday defeating the CCHS Patriots 20-4. The Warriors high speed/high precision attack was too much for the Patriots to handle. Sophomore Emma Brandhorst played well for CCHS scoring a goal, winning a draw control, and causing three turnovers. Josie Morrison, Kate Wyeth, and Allie Barrett also netted goals for the Patriots. Jessie Castelline contributed to the CCHS effort by winning four draw controls and causing 1 turnover.

Coach Paul Morrison reflected on the Patriot loss saying "LS has really dominated us over the past couple of seasons, and I was hoping we could compete with them. It wasn't meant to be today and the game was over by halftime. The only positive we can take from the game is that LS showed us how difficult an opponent you can be when you play in high gear for fifty minutes. We need to strive to be that intense when we play. Otherwise we need to put that game behind us and get ready to finish out the second half of our DCL Small season."




 

Stories on the April 13, 26 and 28, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game versus Masconomet, AB and Lexington, written by Art Ehkelryder.

“Patriette” Nation

Girls Lax Team Wins 3 In A Row Over Lexington, Acton Boxboro & Masconomet.

CC 17, Lexington 10

The Concord Carlisle girls lacrosse team put together one of their best games of the season Saturday defeating the Lexington Minutemen 17-10 at Doug White Field.   The Patriots used speed, ball handling, passing and accurate shooting combined with a stubborn defense to control the first half.

Becca Olsen (5 goals, 3 assists), Jill Carlton (4 goals, 3 assists) and Emma Brandhorst (3 goals 1 assist) lead the charge for the Patriots offensively while Jessie Castelline continued to win the majority of draws controls. Defensively Jennie Robinson, Marin Epstein and Catie Standish dug in to disrupt several Lexington’s offensive plays. Time and time again, CC took advantage of Lexington turnovers, and transitioned into a fast break offense quickly moving the ball to an open player in tic- tac-toe fashion, the result most always with the ball ending up in the back of Lexington’s net. Junior Goalie Maddie Holmes made her starting debut in goal for the Patriots and played well throughout the first half with several nice saves.

The Patriots commanded a strong lead of 11-3 at the half.

"We were in a great rhythm on offense and defense during most of the first half" said CC Coach Paul Morrison. "We lost focus at the end of the first half and that carried over into the second half.”

Lexington began the second half with a renewed commitment as they attempted to make it a game again rattling off several unanswered goals through a hard charging offense.  The Minutemen were clearly gaining momentum and building confidence.  With still more than 12 minutes remaining in the game Lexington with the score 13-8, Coach Morrison called a well needed timeout to regroup his Patriot team. CC won the following draw control and went back on the offensive efficiently moving the ball around Lexington end until Allie Barrett found the back of the net.  Caroline Donelan and Emma Mahoney countered for CC defensively displaying both speed with aggressive play on the back side of the field collecting grounders and transitioning the ball nicely down field.  CC continued to press with several nice goals while managing the clock wisely and eating up minutes. The final two minutes found the Patriots utilizing their stall offense as the clock ran out – the  score CC 17-Lexington 10.According to Coach Morrison he has not seen the best his team can play this year "There were some moments of brilliance during the game, but they were sprinkled in with sloppy ball handling, poor shot selection and a lack of concentration. The best part of the game for me was the number of important game time minutes the entire roster logged in both halves.”

The Patriots are now 8-2, with their biggest test of the season coming Tuesday at 4pm when they play Lincoln Sudbury at Doug  White Field.

CC 14, Acton Boxboro 7

Concord, MA. – The CCHS Girls Lacrosse team (7-2) defeated the Acton Boxboro Colonials (4-7) handily 14-7, Thursday at Doug White field as CCHS Goaltender Greta White was spectacular in goal making 16 saves along with two pass interceptions.  

The Patriots, having just come off a recent win against Masconomet, capitalized from the first draw control as Jessie Castelline found Emma Brandhorst open for a quick tally.  Meanwhile AB took advantage on their offensive play with a nice crease roll to keep the game within one.

CC continued their aggressive offensive play as Low Attack Josie Morrison made a nice inside move on her defender for another tally.  Throughout the first half the Patriots seemed positioned to break out into a big lead as they controlled draws and transitioned into the AB end, however occasional turnovers allowed AB opportunities to stay in the game.  Although the Patriots never trailed, the Colonials controlled the ball much of the 1st half, allowing them several scoring chances to take the lead.  Time and time again Greta White proved instrumental in deterring AB with several great saves from shots on net.

At the half it was CC 5 – AB 2.

According to Coach Paul Morrison “The first half was a defensive battle that kept each team from getting into an offensive rhythm. Greta White stood strong for us in the cage, and was supported by her defensive teammates.
The second half began with AB winning the first two draw controls that resulted in goals to bring the game back within one only to see CC score two goals of their own by Jessie Castelline and Becca Olsen.

Sensing momentum, the Patriot defense tightened as the offense began capitalizing on scoring bids to advance their lead.   Several Patriot players contributed with multiple scores including Allie Barrett, Jessie Castelline, Emma Brandhorst & Becca Olsen.  Defensive midfielder Jennie Robinson scored a great goal net.  when she dodged two AB defenders and found the back of the net.  Freshmen Lexi Goodhue had another solid game at low attack with 2 goals while Greta White was the MVP of the game.
The final minutes were futile for AB as the Patriots, holding a 14-7 lead transitioned into a stalled offense controlling the ball as the clock ran down.

Coach Morrison summed up the game in saying “Acton Boxborough always come ready to play, and I was happy that they brought out the best effort in our team. We were patient with the ball on attack, and had six players with assists, and seven players score goals. But as it has done all season long the defense and goaltending carried the day again for us.”

CC continues their quest with another home game Saturday, April 28th at 6pm against the Lexington Minutemen.

CC 17, Masconomet 9

Concord, MA. - The Concord Carlisle Patriots(6-2) defeated the Masconomet  Chieftains (7-1) 17-9 Monday at Doug White Field.  It was to be one of the most anticipated games thus far this season for the Patriots.  Masconomet, an undefeated Division 1 team versus Concord Carlisle, Dual County Small League Leader.  For the fan expecting a tight game between two challenging opponents it was not to be on this day, as the Patriots poured on an impressive offensive attack and never looked back.

Midfielder Allie Barrett set the tone early for the Patriots winning the first draw control, driving the field and gunning a shot to the top right post to give the Patriots a quick lead, only to be followed moments later by speeding teammate Emma Brandhorst as she attacked from the outside right, nailing a nifty left handed shot between the pipes as CC went ahead 2-0.  The Patriot’s defense was equally impressive as Marin Epstein made a great interception on the following Masco drive, then transitioned the ball nicely down field for a Kate Wyeth goal. The Patriot defense pressured the Chieftains constantly in the first half limiting their scoring opportunities while the offense remained sharp and aggressive expanding their lead.  At the half CC led 12-4.

Coach Paul Morrison said “I was happy to see the team come out strong after losing a tight game the last time out. Greta White and her defensive partners Marin Epstein, Caroline Guild, Jenny Robinson, and Caitie Standish dominated and made it difficult on Masco to score. The defense continues to set the tone for our success as a team”

The second half began with Junior Maddie Holmes took over in net for CC and continued much in the same fashion  as the first with the Patriots thwarting any adjustments the Chieftains attempted to disrupt the game.  The Patriots were led on offense by Emma Brandhorst (4 goals, 1 assist), Allie Barrett (3 goals, 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers)  and Jessie Castelline (2 goals, 5 draw controls).  Freshmen Lexi Goodhue also added 2 goals and an assist while classmate Jenna Carlton added 1 goal.

Despite the large number of goals, Coach Morrison was still critical of his offense. “It was nice to see eight of our players score goals, but only three players had assists. When you score seventeen goals and only have 5 assists, it’s time to reassess what we are doing on offense.”
The Patriots hope to keep their winning ways alive as the host rival AB, Thursday April 26th at 4pm at Doug White Field.


Story on the April 19, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game versus Algonquin at CCHS, written by Norm
Deplume.

Patriots Edged by Tomahawks

Concord, MA. – The CCHS Patriots (5-2) lost to the Algonquin Tomahawks (5-1) 11-10 Thursday at the CC Turf Fields.

In one of the most thrilling lacrosse games by far this season, the Patriots came up just short of defeating, one of Central Mass’ D1 leading teams. 

Having just come off a 2 goal loss of their own to Hopkinton, last year’s Division 2 State Champions,  the Tomahawks appeared focused and determined to rebound as they won several early draw controls, set up precision plays around the eight and found open cutters for three pretty goals.  The Patriots rebounded with a nice goal of their own as Becca Olsen found the top far side post to bring the game within 2.

Algonquin pressured the CC defenders and midfielders with double teams forcing some  early CC turnovers only to use their impressive speed, crisp passing and accurate shots to take a  7-1 lead.  Coach Morrison wisely called a time out to pull his players together.

We knew coming in that Algonquin was going to be our toughest competition to date. Their best player, University of Oregon bound Carly O’Connell, lived up to her hype scoring six goals, dishing out two assists, and playing ferocious defense. We had trouble with their pressure early on in trying to get the ball out of our defensive end, but as they have all year our defense adjusted and played stellar the rest of the way.

Following the timeout, CC quickly buckled down defensively as Caroline Guild, Jennie Robinson and Caitie Standish forced several turnovers through the next 10 minutes that translated into a nice scoring run as CC netted 7 of the next 8 goals to tie the game 8-8 at the half.  Greta White proved why she is one of the DCL’s top net minders as she made several important saves, intercepted passes to crossing cutters and rushed the ball downfield  as an offensive player.

The second half began with Algonquin capitalizing on a nice crease roll, only to have CC fight right back with a free position goal from Jessie Castelline, tying the score at  9.  The next 10 minutes were a defensive battle as both teams fought hard with aggressive double teams and stick checks.  The game remained deadlocked  with each team just missing on key scoring opportunities as the Patriots hit one post along with a near miss on another  while Greta White  continued with an incredible display of solid stops on net.

Marin Epstein, Caroline Donelan and Emma Mahoney were all part of an impressive defensive front during the second half.  CC’s offense continued to challenge a stubborn Algonquin defense. With 6 minutes remaining Algonquin found an open cutter in front of the CC net to take a 2 goal lead.  CC countered minutes later with a critical free position shot and goal by Jill Carlton to keep the game within one.

With 4 minutes remaining and up by one, the Tomahawks went into a stall offense. CC pressed them with double teams and tenacious stick work causing 4 loose ball opportunities however they could not capitalize and gain possession.

Algonquin finally lost possession with 23 seconds remaining giving CC one last chance. The Patriots fought to get the ball down the field against double and triple teams, finally managing to get within the eight for a shooting opportunity with only seconds remaining.   A crucial offside call on both teams whistled the play dead.  A throw-in was determined with 5 seconds remaining.  CC player Josie Morrison won the toss and wisely passed to Emma Brandhorst behind the net who was fouled with 3.1 seconds remaining.

For a moment it appeared CC might have an open player in front of the net for a quick-stick  opportunity, however as the referees set up players, movement by an Algonquin defender  negated any scoring opportunity as time ran out.

“Algonquin Coach John Healy and I compared the game to Rocky fighting Apollo Creed in the movies. Each team got knocked down and picked themselves up at different times. Greta White was fantastic in goal for us today, and her aggressive style of play is so fun to watch. The kids were upset that we couldn’t pull it off, but they should hold their heads high because of the way they responded to adversity and put themselves in a position to win the game.”

The CC offense continues to show balance with several players contributing including; Jill Carlton (3 goals, 1 assist), Becca Olsen (3 goals), Kate Wyeth (2 goals), Jessie Castelline (1 goal) and Emma Brandhorst (1 goal).  Josie Morrison added 2 more team leading assists.

The CC Patriots play next Monday as they meet the Division 1 North Masconomet Chieftains (7-0) at 3:45 at Masconomet Regional High School.

 

Story on the April 18, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game versus East Longmeadow, written by Norm
Deplume.

Patriots Thrash Spartans.

Senior attacker Caroline Donelan notched her first goal of the season, while senior defender Jenny Robinson and Junior Defender Catherine McNally each notched the first goals of their varsity careers as Concord Carlisle (5-1) rolled 23-8 at previously unbeaten East Longmeadow High School (5-1).

The Patriots had ten different players score goals in the game. Leading the scorers for CCHS were senior attackers Jill Carlton (4 goals, 2 assists) and Josie Morrison (2 goals, 4 assists).  Other scorers for C-C were Kate Wyeth (4 goals, 1 assist), Allie Barrett (1 goal, 4 assist), Jessie Castelline (4 goals), Emma Brandhorst (3 goals, 1 assist), and Becca Olsen (2 goals).

Concord Carlisle played three goalkeepers in the game. Senior Greta White started the game and caused East Longmeadow fits by being on the move with the ball in the Patriot defensive end for most of the first half. Junior Maddie Holmes and Freshman Conley Ernst played strong in goal to preserve the win for the Patriots.

Emma Mahoney (1 draw control, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover), Marin Epstein (1 assist), Caitie Standish (2 draw controls, 1 ground ball), Caroline Guild (1 caused turnover), and Annie Bannon (1 assist, 1 ground ball) anchored a gritty defensive effort for the Patriots.

Coach Paul Morrison was pleased with the effort saying “We possessed the ball well in the first ten minutes of the game. After letting up the first goal we scored 8 unanswered to take command of the game. I was happy to see a hard worker like Caroline Donelan get rewarded by putting a goal on the scoreboard. Jenny Robinson has been rock solid of defense, but every kid wants to score a goal, so it was great to see that for her. I also could not be happier to see Katherine McNally score her first varsity goal in her first varsity game.”

The Patriots play Central MA. Division 1 rival Algonquin (5-1) Thursday home at the CC Turf  2 Field.

Story on the April 12, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game versus Bedford at Bedford, written by Norm
Deplume.

Patriots Squeeze Out Win Over Buccaneers

Bedford, MA. - The CCHS Patriots (4-1) defeated the Bedford Buccaneers (2-3) 18-16 Thursday.

The game began with Bedford quickly winning the first two draw controls, finding  open attackers behind CC defenders resulting in two fast goals. The Patriots countered as Junior Kate Wyeth (3 goals, 1 forced turnover) playing in her first game after a pre-season hand injury, made an immediate impact scoring  2 of the next 3 Patriot goals.

In the following minutes an unexpected freezing rain and hail storm developed making for slick field conditions.

As a result, Bedford playing on their home grass field, took control of the wet and slippery field conditions by aggressively winning the ground ball possessions.  Their speed and quickness to get to the ball kept them in the game. The Patriots would repeatedly take a one goal lead only to be matched by a Bedford score on the following possession.

The game remained close until the final two minutes before half when the Patriots went on a small scoring run netting 3 of the next 4 goals.

At halftime CC held a 6 - 3 lead.

Coach Morrison- “Coach Meghan Harris has done a great job with the Bedford program over the past two seasons, and her team was fired up to play us.  I thought we played inconsistent throughout the game and did not match Bedford’s intensity.”

The freezing rain continued into the second half and it became clear that Bedford would not go away easily, winning the first two draw controls, driving the field and scoring.  The game was back to a one goal Patriot lead however Bedford had the momentum. Fortunately, Patriots Marin Epstein, Catie Standish and Caroline Guild each manage to force Bedford turnovers on some key Buccaneer drives while offensive midfielder Allie Barrett added significant defensive support with 2 forced turnovers and 3 ground balls. Patriot goalkeeper Maddy Holmes played well in the CC net making 6 important saves.

Bedford continued to frustrate the Patriots by the winning ground ball category while pressuring the defense with double teams that would halt CC from effectively transitioning the ball down the field. Offensively the Patriots appeared pressed as they turned the ball over several times trying to force passes into tight places rather than looking for the open player.

With ten minutes remaining CC finally managed to break free gaining a 5 point lead.  Goals and assists came from several Patriot players including Becca Olsen (5 goals), Jill Carlton (3 goals, 2 assists), Allie Barrett (3 goals, 1 assist), Jessie Castelline (2 goals) & Emma Brandhorst (2 goals).   Josie Morrison and Lexi Goodhue each provided 2 assists.

The final minutes proved tense as Bedford in need of 4 goals to tie the game, made their best effort to catch the Patriots scoring 2 goals as the clock ran out allowing the Patriots to hang on for the win.

Coach Morrison- “I was happy that Maddy Holmes got the win in her first varsity start, she made the necessary saves for us to win the game. Overall it was an ugly game for our team. The kids were frozen from the hail, wind and rain, but somehow they survived the elements and Bedford’s surge to pull out the win.”

The Patriots are now 3-0 in Dual County League play.  They face two tough opponents next week with an away game Wednesday at East Longmeadow (4-0) followed by a home game Thursday with Central Conference rival  Algonquin (4-0).


Story on the April 10, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game versus Wayland at CCHS, written by Norm Deplume.

Patriots break free of Warriors 15-11

Concord, MA. – The Concord Carlisle Patriots (3-1) defeated the Wayland Warriors (3-1) 15-11 Tuesday at Doug White Field.

The Patriots having just come off a frustrating loss at Wellesley, fell behind early in the game on  two fast break scores by Wayland before getting on track to take a 3-2 lead.  Turnovers hurt the Patriots throughout  the first half as they fumbled away multiple scoring opportunities with dropped balls, errant passes  and missed shots on goal . Still the Patriots managed to keep a one goal lead  while the Warriors fought back to keep the game close.  Patriot Goalie Greta White had a huge first half with 7 saves, only allowing  4 to make the back of the net.

At the half Concord Carlisle held on to a 6-4 lead.

Coach Morrison – “We have yet to come out and play a full fifty minute game this season. The first five minutes of each game have been a challenge for the team. The stabilizing factor to get us through those rough beginnings has been Greta White in goal, with the support of our primary defenders. I also want to credit Assistant Head Coach Joan Dalton who has been working with the defense, and has instilled an “I got you back mentality” on the backline”.

The second half began with the Patriots quickly going on the offensive.  Attack Jill Carlton (6 goals, 2 assists, 2 forced turnovers), Midfielder Emma Brandhorst (4 goals, 3 draw controls, 2 assists) and  Center Jessie Castelline (5 ground balls, 5 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers, 2 goals, 1 assist)  continually pressured the ball against Wayland while defensively Jenny Robinson , Marin Epstein  & Caroline Guild, made huge contributions to help stop a challenging Wayland offense.

With 12 minutes remaining the Patriots finally broke free with a 4 goal scoring run making the game 12-8.  Ill timed turnovers continued to plague CC  however as a scrappy Wayland team fought back to stay within earshot.

The final few minutes found the Patriots leading  15-9, but Wayland added 2 final tallys within the last 120 seconds of play to close out the game with a CC win 15- 11.

Coach Morrison- “When our transition from defense to offense was clicking we were able to score goals. We had six players that had goals, assists, or both. When we have that many people involved on attack we put ourselves in a great position to win games. Jill Carlton is definitely in a scoring groove, and Emma Brandhorst used her speed to create rushes that resulted in goals. Unfortunately there were too many times when we played inconsistent today. There are not a lot of games where you can turn the ball over twenty times and come out on top. That tells me we have a lot of work to do.” 

The Patriots hold a 3-1 record in Division 1 play and 2-0 record in DCL play.  They face league opponent Bedford (2-1) this Thursday at 4:00 in Bedford.

 

Story on the April 5, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game at Weston, written by Norm Deplume.

CCHS Patriots Pounce On Weston Wildcats

Weston, MA.-The Concord Carlisle Patriots (2-0) defeated their league rival, the Weston Wildcats (0- 1) 17-7 Thursday.  The game began in dramatic fashion as each team matched their opponent goal for goal through the first twelve minutes.  The Patriots played true to form as Attackers Caroline Donelan and Josie Morrison patiently and productively moved the ball around the eight, setting up plays and finding open players who took advantage of shooting opportunities.  The  Wildcats, however fought right back  winning draw controls, utilizing their speed and turning  them into fast break goals.   Weston’s workhorse was Vanderbuilt-bound Senior Attacker Emma Degras who almost single handedly, kept Weston in the game.

Coach Morrison-We shared the DCL Small title with Weston last year, so we knew they would be good. They have two players on their squad who will play Division 1 next year, however my players were determined to match them step for step”.

With eight minutes remaining in the 1st half and the score tied at 5, the Patriot defense buckled down. Catie Standish, Annie Bannon and Emma Mahoney effectively  help  defend their end while teammates  Caroline Guild, Jenny Robinson & Marin Epstein each created crucial Weston  turnovers  that allowed the Patriots to transition the ball down the field.

The Patriot offense then went on the attack proving they too have the speed  necessary for fast-break scoring as they rattled off 7 straight goals including one score on the very last second of the half by Josie Morrison who, with time running out, smartly drew the foul  then scored on her free position shot.

The half ended with the Patriots commanding a 12-5 lead.

The strength of the Patriots lies within the balance of the team.  It’s apparent that every player has complete confidence with one another.  The combination of an aggressive but patient defense that forces turn overs, collects loose balls and effectively transitions  to an offense of midfielders and attackers who have speed, poise and scoring ability makes for a well rounded team.

Coach Morrison-“We have some really talented underclassmen who have played high level club lacrosse for years. Allie Barrett continues to impress with her play on attack and defense. But it is our Seniors that continue to be the driving force of the team. The Seniors are lunch pail type players who do the gritty things on Defense and at Attack that give the entire squad a sense of stability. Against Weston Senior Defender Marin Epstein exemplified that determined type of player I am talking about.”

The second half was dominated by Concord Carlisle as the defense continued to dig in deeper  while goalie Greta White continued to show her keeper  abilities making several solid saves and allowing Weston only two goals the entire 2nd half.

The Patriot offense was led by Jessie Castelline (5 draw controls, 1 goal , 1 assist ), Jill Carlton  ( 4 goals, 3 assists)  Allie Barrett (4 goals, 5 caused turnovers ), Emma Brandhorst (3 goals), Becca Olsen (2 goals), Freshmen Jenna Carlton ( 1 goal) and Lexi Goodhue (1 goal ).

Coach Morrison- ““Leadership continues to be an early season factor for our club. The three captains played vital roles in the win. Jill Carlton had the type of offensive explosion we know she is capable of, Jessie Castelline dominated the draw controls, and Josie Morrison’s last second goal at the end of the first half killed any hopes Weston had of making a comeback.”

The Concord Carlisle Patriots continue their play Saturday at 5:00pm in Wellesley as they take on the Wellesley Raiders in a Division 1 Non league game.

 

Story on the March 31, 2012 CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game at Westford, written by Norm Deplume.

Patriots Comeback Topples Westford Academy

Westford, MA- The CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team (1-0) staged a dramatic second half comeback to defeat the Westford Academy Grey Ghosts (1-1) 10-9 Saturday.  The Patriots win was the result of a total team effort combining steller goaltending, a balanced offensive attack and stubborn defense.

The Grey Ghosts proved to be a solid and well prepared opponent having just come off a season opening win against Groton-Dunstable.  Westford Academy took an early lead that they held on to throughout the 1st half.  The Patriots remained undaunted however fighting back with goals by Jessie Castelline, Jill Carlton, Allie Barrett and Becca Olsen while Caroline Guild, Catie Standish, Marin Epstein and Annie Bannon buckled down defensively to help contain a highly skilled and mobile Westford Academy offense. 

At the half Westford Academy owned the lead 7-4.

Patriot Coach Paul Morrison- “Westford had been battled tested two days earlier in a one goal victory over Groton-Dunstable. It was evident that they had energy spilling over from that game to this one. We didn’t have the intensity to match them in the first twenty-five minutes. We beat them in a close game last season so we knew that we would be facing a motivated squad in Westford Academy.”

The second half began and within minutes became evident that the Patriots were determined to win this game as the offense quickly found their rhythm.  Five of the next seven goals came from Patriot players including Josie Morrison, Jessie Castelline, Allie Barrett, Becca Olsen and Lexi Goodhue. Although the score was tied 9-9, the momentum was all Concord Carlisle. Jennie Robinson’s solid field play coupled with an intensified defense helped keep Westford at bay.  Goalie Greta White (7 saves) had a superb game with several crucial stops. Allie Barrett helped secure the Patriot win with an unassisted goal.  The big play came about with less than three minutes remaining as Barrett forced a major Westford turnover, handled the ball, then found the back of the net for her 3rd goal of the game.

The defense became a stronghold during the final minutes not allowing an increasingly frustrated Westford offense the opportunity to take a final shot as time ran out. 

Patriot Head Coach Morrison- “I was impressed by the poise of our team. At halftime we were down by four goals and not one of the players were panicked. We won this  game because we made big play after big play in the second half. Greta White was the number one star of the game making save after save. When we were tied at nine, the save she made on their best player was as big a save as you can make. Allie Barrett was immense on both attack and defense, and Jessie Castelline was clutch all day winning several crucial draws.”

The Patriots play at their DCL small rival, Weston High School, on Thursday at 4:00 PM.

 

 

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