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Concord-Carlisle girls lacrosse: Battling for middle ground

Posted by Laura Gomez  May 7, 2013 01:50 PM

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Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.

It’s been a tough season for the CCHS Girls Lacrosse team. With only one senior starter returning to the 2013 line up and several young, athletic but inexperienced Varsity players in the lineup, Coach Morrison knew in many respects this would be a re-building year for his team.

What was not expected, however, were the injuries which continued to pile up and plague the team. With four starters out this week, the timing could not have been worse for CC as they faced Dual County League rival Wayland.

Going into Monday’s game the Wayland Warriors were 8-1-1, with only a 14-8 loss to undefeated Westford Academy and a 12-12 tie to the Patriots.

With starting center Hannah Dudley out of the line-up, CC managed but 4 draw controls the entire game in a 15-10 loss to Wayland.

CC’s offense was led by Emma Mahoney (4 goals, 1 assist) Kate Wyeth (3 goals) and Jenna Carlton (1 goal, 2 assists, 3 caused turnovers). Patriot defender Lucy Fell played exceptionally well face guarding Wayland’s top player Amy Cunningham and limiting their ace to only 2 goals.

Wayland’s offense took control of the game early consistently passing to open players who made well placed shots on net that eluded CC goalie Conley Ernst.

Meanwhile the Patriot offense sputtered as they would connect the dots perfectly for tallies on one series only to turn the ball over on the next. At the half Wayland led 9-4.

The Warriors would stretch their lead by a goal to begin the second half before the Patriots gain traction as they went on a four goal run as Mahoney, Wyeth, Carlton, and Olsen each contributed a goal to bring the game back within two at 10-8.

A Wayland timeout was effective and slowed the CC momentum as the Warriors collected another two goals before the Patriots potted one. Re-energized, the Warriors pressed the CC defense with two consecutive goals coming off an isolation play and a crease roll.

The Patriots would manage one final tally to bring the game within three however with only minutes remaining Wayland would take advantage of draw controls to kill the clock.

"Despite being shorthanded the kids worked hard and made Wayland earn the win," said Coach Paul Morrison. "The team has had to battle through a lot of adversity and they never give up which bodes well for us going forward."

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