Patriots and Warriors Play to a dramatic 10-10 Tie

posted Jun 9, 2015, 5:23 AM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 9:30 AM ]
There was a playoff level of excitement as a large crowd gathered at Warrior Stadium Thursday for Lincoln Sudbury's Senior Day and the final game of the 2015 regular season. The game that followed would not disappoint and left fans exhausted but wanting more.

Lincoln Sudbury came out strong scoring the first 4 goals of the game as the Patriots struggled unable to get their offense going. The Warriors applied high pressure defense on CC players forcing multiple turnovers while Patriots were penalized with numerous referee foul calls. At the 18 minute mark, the Patriot’s earned their first goal when Johanna O’Neil snapped a quick shot set up by Captain Lexi Goodhue’s pass from behind the net.

Trailing 4-1, CC called a time out. When they returned to the field, the game became a battle of defense and re-defending as CC applied intense full field pressure helping to alleviate the Warriors transition game. Neither team was able to add to the box score.

With 7:46 left to the half, CC’s offense began to emerge as Hannah Dudley (4 goals on the day) stormed the LS goal drawing a foul and a Free Position Shot that found the back of the net. Dudley won the ensuing draw, quickly moved the

ball to Attacker Cassidy Hale behind the LS net, who found Goodhue cutting across goal. Goodhue placed a perfect shot high to the goalies left resulting in CC’s second goal in 23 seconds. One minute later LS scored their fifth goal of the game only to be outdone by 3 CC tallies as Cassidy Hale buried a shot from close range on a pinpoint pass from Captain Jenna Carlton. Next Madeline Leahy made a strong move to net drawing an LS foul, then scored on her Free Position Shot. Grace Andonian capped the half scoring on a beautiful crease goal with 34 seconds remaining. 

The score at Half time stood at LS 7, CC 6.

The second half started with great defense from both teams as the energy level and speed of the game increased. CC was first to make the score board as Dudley powered her way to net for the tying goal. LS answered with two goals of their own. For the next six minutes each team traded positions with CC defenders Stout, Shipe and Hunt playing some of their finest defense of the season. At the 11 minute mark it was Dudley again burying a low post shot to the short side to make it 9-8.With 5 minutes to play CC took a time out. A true battle to the finish followed. Sensing a tight game, LS won the Draw and slowed the down the game eating valuable clock time down then added their tenth goal with three minutes to play.

Down two goals, CC won the draw, transitioned down field, and calmly moved the ball around looking for an opportunity to score. With 1:16 seconds remaining Dudley cut to the net and shot low and right, earning her fourth tally of the game.

With time running out and CC down by one goal, Patriot Allie Haney scooped up the draw and speedily moved the ball down field finding Goodhue out front of goal, who ripped a shot the LS goalie managed to knock to the ground. CC swarmed for the rebound and regained position. The final 52 seconds were packed with excitment as CC applied full out intensity in an effort to tie the game. Attacker Andonian earned a Free position shot that just went wide of goal. This was followed by attacker Carlton's Free position shot that sailed high. Next Madeline Leahy nearly tied the game hitting the LS cross bar. While collecting the rebound, Joanna O’Neil was fouled earning a Free position shot. She was then fouled again for a second free position shot with just 8 seconds remaining in the game .

On the whistle O’Neil launched a lazer shot low left beating the LS goaltender and tying the game with 6 second to play. The CC girls and fans erupted with excitement. O’Neil’s goal was the last of the game and a 10- 10 tie.

CC Coach Paul Morrison: "That game was a great one to end the regular season on. The intensity level was unreal, and LS got us back on our heels early. The team never stopped fighting, and Johanna was really clutch under pressure on that free position shot."

The Patriots concluded their regular season with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie earning them the #1 seed in the MIAA Playoffs Division 1 East Conference. The Patriots receive a first round bye for the tournament and will play the winner of Lexington vs. Newton North later this week with game date and time to be determined.

On another note the CC girls JV lacrosse team also finished their season in strong fashion earning 17 wins and only 1 loss. Congratulations to first year coach Janice Kinney, Asst. Coach Amy Carlton and the entire team on an amazing season.

Written by Jack Carlton and Terry Goodhue.
Photo by Dave Andonian.