C-C cruises to win
WORCESTER - It isn’t often you see Concord-Carlisle coach Tom Dalicandro smiling on a lacrosse field. But Friday night was different.
Instead of being adversely affected by the pressure that accompanies state championship games, the Patriots (22-0) just enjoyed themselves and cruised past Central Massachusetts champion Algonquin, 13-3, on the way to the Division 2 title at Foley Field.
“As a coach, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to just sit there and watch a game and not go crazy,’’ said Dalicandro, who was an assistant coach the last time C-C captured a state title in 1998. “That was a lot of fun.’’
The Patriots earned their fourth state title.
The Patriots scored 55 goals in five tournament games. Senior Jackson Finigan scored six on Friday and freshman Will Blumenberg had five.
“We took it out in the playoffs,’’ Dalicandro said. “The guys played great today. We played well all year, but we just played great in the tournament. That’s how championship teams play.’’
Algonquin was 21-1 on its way to the Central Mass. title, but the Patriots had their foot on the gas in this one. They outscored the Tomahawks, 6-0, in the first quarter and then settled into cruise control.
Finigan and Blumenberg, who really started to hit their offensive stride in the second half of the season, seemed as if they couldn’t miss the net.
“We were joking about that,’’ Finigan said. “The only thing is, [Blumenberg] is almost four years younger than me.
“Putting a short stick on that kid was probably the first mistake [Algonquin] made. But he’s an amazing kid. He can light it up either way.’’
All season, it was Air Force Academy-bound Doug Gouchoe who was the glue that held it all together. Gouchoe, an All-America goalie who kept his team out of trouble in every game, came up with game-saving stops in the Eastern Mass. title game, a 5-4 defeat of Wellesley, before making eight saves on Friday, about half of which came from point-blank range.
“I don’t know where we’d be without Doug,’’ Dalicandro said. “I guess we’ll find out next year.’’