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