If a passerby were to walk by Harvard Stadium on Wednesday night and glance at the scoreboard, they likely would have thought a baseball game was being played, not an EMass lacrosse final.
Thatís because throughout the entirety of the boysí Division 2 EMass final between No. 2 Concord-Carlisle and No. 4 Wellesley, both teams were held to unusually low totals as Concord-Carlisle defeated Wellesley, 5-4.
Wellesley (19-4) dominated possession in the first quarter, with Concord-Carlisle (20-0) not seeing its offensive end until six minutes into the game. Despite the Wellesley's continued offensive attack, the Raiders were only able to get one goal when senior Oliver Saffery took a dish pass from Adam Horelick in front of the net and shot behind his back to fool Patriots goaltender Anthony West.
The Patriots got their opportunities in the second period, netting two goals, one from senior Tyler Koning just 10 seconds into the quarter and another from junior Charlie Painter with just under a minute remaining in the first half.
Concord-Carlisle had a chance to open up the game with a flurry of shots in front of the net, but Wellesley goaltender Connor Darcey was stellar, making consecutive close range saves to keep Wellesley in the game. The Patriots took a 2-1 lead into the intermission.
The Patriots opened things up in the third quarter, scoring three goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead. They scored again less than 10 seconds into the frame, with freshman attack Will Blumenberg getting his first goal of the game. Senior Jackson Finigan and junior Tim Badgley joined the fun, each scoring strong goals to push the momentum in favor of the Patriots.
Wellesley buckled down defensively in the fourth quarter, which helped open up more offensive opportunities. Sophomore attack John Caraviello took advantage with 6:46 left in the game to net the Raiders' first goal since the 7:46 mark of the first and cut the Patriots advantage to three, 5-2. The Raiders managed another goal with 3:30 remaining, and made things interesting with 31.1 seconds left as Saffery scored his second of the game to put Wellesley within one, 5-4. The Patriots won the ensuing draw and held possession to take the victory.
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