2014 Game Reports

Franklin 12 -- CC 11 OT

posted Jun 23, 2014, 6:40 AM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse

CC 12 Westford 9

posted Jun 23, 2014, 6:38 AM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 6:39 AM ]

CC 16 Newton North 6

posted Jun 23, 2014, 6:18 AM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 6:25 AM ]

CC opened the 2014 playoffs with a decisive win over the #8 seed Newton North Tigers after earning the #1 seed and a first round bye in the Division1 North Bracket. 

After a long layoff CC showed no signs of rust as they came out and played some of their best lacrosse of the season with every starter playing at the top of their game. Allie Barrett got CC on the board first just 2 minutes into the game and Emma Brandhorst scored just one minute later. Newton North made it 2-1 after 5 minutes but then CC ran away with the game scoring the next 8 goals with a combination of fast breaks and controlled set plays both of which exhibited the quick and precise passing of a team that has improved and refined their game all season long.

CCs continued its balanced offense with the four senior captains accounting for the first 10 goals including Barrett, Brandhorst and Becca Olsen registering 3 goals each and Emma Mahoney adding 2 goals and 2 assists. The CC defense continued their strong play as well with Madeline Leahy contributing a key caused turn over with CC leading 6-1 as the defense denied Newton North the chance to get into the game. With
the score 10-1 Newton North called time out but Cassidy Hale netted CC’s 11th goal just 11 seconds later to give CC a 10 goal lead with 7 minutes to play in the half. Newton North had one flurry of activity just before the half to
make it 12-4 at the mid-point.

CC opened the second half with Becca Olsen scoring her 4th goal just 1 minute in. Jenna Carlton extended CCs lead to 14 -4 just 3 minutes later. The teams then traded goals over the final 20 minutes for the 16-6 final. Hannah Dudley contributed 5 key draw controls as CC dominated possessions and the defense, led by Leahy (2 caused turn overs and 4 ground balls), Tessa Dibble, Briana Stout and Joanna O’Neil, shut down Newton North’s best attacker, John Hopkins bound Shannon Fitzgerald.

Coach Paul Morrison stated "That was a team effort for 50 minutes. We played so well in all three phases of the field. Our captains (Barrett, Brandhorst, Mahoney, and Olsen) lead the way in scoring. Hannah Dudley dominated the drive giving us possession for most of the game, and Madeline Leahy was brilliant defending their top player. Our semifinal opponent, Westford, is a tough team with experienced seniors. It should be a terrific game.”

Written by Paul Mahoney

Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 12 Framingham 12

posted May 28, 2014, 4:34 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated May 29, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

CC continued their tradition of closing out the regular season against an always strong and well prepared Framingham squad in 
what often is a preview of the playoffs. This year CC came in as the favorite and Framingham was looking to improve their ranking with a quality win in front of their boisterous home crowd. 

The Flyers, using a suffocating full field press, jumped out to a 3 goal lead just four minutes into the game. Ali Barrett got CC on
 the board 7 minutes into the game but Framingham came back 2 minutes later to regain their 3 goal lead. The game was back and forth throughout the first half but CC could not get closer than 1 goal and the half ended 7-5 in favor of Framingham.

CC came out strong in the second half and scored two goals in under two minutes to tie the game at 7 all. CC responded to each of the next 2 Framingham goals and the score was tied again at 9-9 with 14 minutes to play 
before Framingham went on a 3 goal run to make it 12-9 with 5:19 to play. With their skilled and smart possession offense it appeared that Framingham was in control and would be able to run the clock out for the victory but Emma Brandhorst came up with a huge goal driving through several Framingham defenders to get CC to with-in 2 goals at 4:31 to play. 

CC then used their fast paced offense and Cassidy Hale recorded the two biggest goals of her CC career to date scoring first on a feed from Jenna Carlton and then again to tie the game on a feed from Hannah Dudley. Framingham then gained possession and called time out with 1:20 to play and looked like they would hold the ball for the final shot but Margot Painter came up with a critical caused turnover and ground ball to give the ball back to CC. In the final frantic possession CC had one shot hit the post and Framingham’s D1 bound goalie come up with a huge 8 meter save with 12 seconds to go and the game ended in a 12-12 tie. 

Emma Brandhorst had her best game of the year with 4 goals, 6 draw controls, 4 ground balls, and 2 caused turnovers. Allie Barrett 
and Becca Olsen each had 3 goals each. 

CC finished the regular season undefeated in their last 14 games and have not lost since the first week of April. Their 15-2-1 record earned them the #1 seed in the D1 eastern division playoffs.

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 19 Shrewsbury 9

posted May 28, 2014, 4:26 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated May 28, 2014, 6:43 PM ]

CC traveled to Shrewsbury to take on the 12-5 raiders and continued their dominant play of the last two months in a 19-9 victory.

The game was close early as the teams traded goals and after 9 minutes CC was up 3-2. The Patriots offense and defense then took over outscoring Shrewsbury 8-1 over the next 12 minutes to put the game out of reach 11-3 at the half. The first half was highlighted by 2 CC caused turnovers before Shrewsbury could get on the board, a crisp give and go goal scored by Becca Olsen and assisted by Ali Barrett, and a big save by Conley Ernst on an 8 meter shot midway through the half. 

The second half saw CC outscore Shrewsbury 8-6. CC had 9 different players score and was led by Allie Barrett with 5 goals and Emma Mahoney with 3 goals and 4 assists. 

Coach Paul Morrison said "The team has been tested all year, Shrewsbury was a scrappy club. We matched their intensity andwe were excellent in the transition game. Emma Mahoney's play on attack was impressive as she would challenge the 
defense, and find the open cutters for goals."

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 17 Algonquin 8

posted May 28, 2014, 3:54 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated May 28, 2014, 3:55 PM ]

The Girls lacrosse team celebrated senior day with a dominating 17-8 win over a strong Algonqiun squad last Friday. Prior to the start of the game Coach Morrison recognized a very strong senior class including Allie Barrett, Emma Brandhorst, Tessa Dibble, Melissa Hoey, Amelia Johnson, Emma Mahoney and Becca Olsen. 

The Patriots continued a familiar formula as Emma Mahoney started the game off with 2 of her 3 goals for the day
before Allie Barrett and Becca Olsen added 10 more goals (5 each for the day). Hannah Dudley had another big day with 14 draw controls to go with her 2 goals and Jenna Carlton was involved throughout the day with 4 assists. 

The defense welcomed back Brianna Stout as she had another big game causing 3 turnovers while showing no
 lingering effects from her broken nose suffered a week earlier. Emma Brandhorst and Tessa Dibble also had two caused turnovers each to continue CC’s strong defensive efforts over the last month of play.

Coach Morrison stated “Senior Day is always special, and it adds pressure to win. Every underclassmen wanted this win for Allie, the two Emmas, Becca, Tessa, Amelia, and Melissa. The team went out and had a convincing victory against a strong Algonquin team."

The win extended the Patriots unbeaten streak to 12 games, tying the best run of any CC team in the last 10 years. The team is 14-2 as it heads into its final week of play before the post season.

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 17 Masconomet 10

posted May 28, 2014, 3:43 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated May 28, 2014, 3:44 PM ]

The Patriots took on Masconoment in a rematch of last year’s tightly contested playoff game that Masco won by one goal to end the
girl’s 2013 lacrosse season. This year the results were different as CC overwhelmed a very physical Masco team 17-10.

Emma Mahoney started the scoring just 30 seconds into the game with the first of her three goals on the day. Masco evened the score 2 minutes later before CC went on a 4 goal run highlighted by a crisp give and go from Sophie Shipe behind the net to Becca Olsen in front for the score. Masco called time out to slow the pace with CC up 5-1 just 7 minutes into the game and was able pull with-in 3 goals at the half but they could not solve Conley Ernst in goal. Ernst came up with 4 saves on 8 meter shots in the first half to maintain CC’s lead as CC withstood the most physical opponent they have faced this year. 

CC reasserted their dominance in the second half scoring the first 5 goals to open up a 14-6 lead to put the game out of reach after just ten minutes. The teams traded goals over the remainder of 
the game for the final 17-10 score.

The offense was led by Becca Olsen with a career single-game high 7 goals and Allie Barrett with 5 goals. Johannah O’Neil and Madeline Leahy continued their pressing defensive play with 2 caused turnovers each. 

Coach Morrison said “The team was challenged by the fact that Masco knocked us out of the playoffs last year. We took control from the opening whistle, but Masco is a strong aggressive team a fought back. It was great to see our girls fight though a very physical game to secure the victory."

CC improved to 13-2 with the victory.

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 18 Marblehead 10

posted May 28, 2014, 3:15 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse

CC traveled to Marblehead on Monday and extended their winning streak to 10 in a row as they methodically beat the lady
Magicians 18-10.

CC got ahead 4-0 after 6 minutes but was unable to stretch their lead as Marblehead climbed back into the game during a choppy first half of play. CC had a 5 goal lead at one point but Marblehead would not go away and the first half ended at 8-5.

The teams traded goals to start the second half before CC went on a four goal run to open up a 7 goal lead after 7 minutes. The teams then traded goals for the remainder of the day as CC went on to score 18 times, led by Becca Olsen’s 6 goals and 3 assists.
Emma Brandhorst added 5 goals and Emma Mahoney chipped in with 4 goals. CC’s defense was effective again with 7 caused turnovers as they made it difficult for Marblehead to advance the ball, particular in the early going.

Conley Ernst and Kayla Milofsky combined for the victory in goal. 

Coach Paul Morrison commented “The team has been on a great run and that is a testament to the captains' (Barrett, Brandhorst, Mahoney, Olsen) leadership on and off the field. All of our captains are all capable of scoring goals, but they also do the other things that are crucial to winning, and the underclassmen see that and follow suit."

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 16 Bedford 1

posted May 28, 2014, 2:41 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse

CC scored 13 goals in each half against Bedford and allowed the Buccaneers only 1 second half goal. Becca Olsen had 5 goals 
for the Patriots and Kayla Milofsky earned her second victory of the season in goal. Joanna O’Neil, Margot Painter and Emily Mushlitz also recorded goals as CC improved to 11-2 on the season.

Written by Paul Mahoney
Photos by Andy Dudley

CC 11 Wayland 9

posted May 28, 2014, 1:55 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse

CC took on Wayland for the Dual County Small title last week while also looking to avenge an early season loss to the Warriors. It looked like a replay of the first meeting as Wayland built a 4 goal lead through the first 12 minutes. In past years CC has never been able to catch up to Wayland who possess a potent offense and pressuring defense. 

This year was different. After a CC timeout, the Patriots came out and dominated the rest of the first half, controlling draws, running both fast breaks and set plays, employing a full field defense, and ultimately running off the next 8 goals to go into half time 8-4. Hannah Dudley, in her best game of the year, was unstoppable at controlling the draw, allowing CC nearly every possession after the time out. CC benefitted from a balanced offense as 7 different players combined for the 8 first half goals.

Dudley again won the draw after the half and scored in just 15 seconds to extend the lead to 9-4, but Wayland regrouped and started to climb back into the game scoring 4 goals over the next 9 minutes to draw within 1 at 9-8. Wayland was poised to tie the game when CC goalie Conley Ernst came up with a huge save on an 8 meter penalty shot giving possession back to CC. With a tough physical drive against several Wayland defenders Ali Barrett finally put CC back on the board scoring her third goal of the day putting CC back in front by 2. Hannah Dudley then won yet another draw and took the ball straight to goal putting CC up 11-8 just 11 seconds later. CC’s defense took over the remainder of the game limiting Wayland to just 1 goal over the final 15 minutes, even after defensive starter Brianna Stout suffered a broken nose and was knocked out of the game after her fearless pursuit of a ground ball led to a four player collision.

The total team effort was led by Dudley’s standout performance including 3 goals, 3 assists, 8 draw controls and a caused turnover. The defense was led once again by Tessa Dibble, Madeline Leahy, Johana O’Neil and Brianna Stout. CCs commitment to full field defense led to all 6 Wayland turnovers being caused by CC attack and midfielders players.

Written by Paul Mahoney

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