The No. 14 Concord-Carlisle boys lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one period, then leaned on goalie Doug Gouchoe and a steadfast defense for an 8-7 victory over No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury in the first round of the Coaches Challenge Cup on Thursday in Andover.
"We came out really strong," said Lincoln-Sudbury coach Tom Dalicandro, whose team got three man-up goals in the first period. "That start gave our guys a lot of confidence."
After carrying a 6-3 lead into the half, the Patriots (4-0) found themselves up, 8-6, heading into the final frame.
The Warriors (4-2) scored midway through the fourth period to pull within one, 8-7, and then controlled play over the final minute as they looked for the equalizer.
"We really pride ourselves on sound defense," said Dalicandro. "I knew that they would probably need to make 3 or 4 sounds passes in order to get off a quality shot."
With time running down, the C-C defense frustrated the L-S attack and Gonchoe (12 saves) picked off a cross-crease pass with five seconds left to seal the victory.
"[Gonchoe] and the whole defense played exceptional today," said Dalicandro. "[Lincoln-Sudbury] is the class of the league and we measure ourselves against them. For us it was a huge win."
The Patriots offense was led by seniors Kevin Delehey (3 goals) and Mike O'Brien (2 goals).
Defensively, captain Henry Bumpus led the unit, flanked by Evan Boynton, Sam Barrett, Javier Flores, Matt Salemy, and Nick Erozowski.
Concord-Carlisle will play No. 8 Hingham - who defeated No. 13 Dover-Sherborn 9-5 in Round 1 - Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in round two of the Coaches Challenge Cup at Dover-Sherborn High School.
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