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The Patriots defeated the Weston Wildcats Thursday 17-16 in a tightly contested lacrosse match. CC pulled it together in the second half defensively allowing only 5 goals on 12 shots while the offense sprang for 7 second period goals.
The Patriots were led by senior Captain Kate Wyeth and junior midfielder Becca Olsen as each provided 4 goals. CC sophomore attack Jenna Carlton supplied both offensive and defensive firepower with 3 goals and 3 caused turnovers.
The Wildcats took control of the game early on by winning the first two draw controls and taking them to goal with well placed shots on CC goalie Maddie Holmes before the Patriots would connect as Olsen would deke three Weston players then find the back of the net.
Weston fired back with two more goals to take a 4-1 lead before CC’s Wyeth would add a second tally bringing the score within two only to have Patriot freshmen Brianna Stout add a 3rd goal.
An offensive battle then ensued as each offense swapped goal for goal while neither defense was able to stop a shot. Eventually Patriots Wyeth and Carlton would stop the back and forth with back to back goals to tie the game at 10.
The Wildcats would add another goal before the half for good measure to take an 11-10 lead.
Goalie Conley Ernst took over in net for CC in the second half of the game and blocked three of the next four Wildcat shots. CC’s Hannah Dudley, Lexi Goodhue and Carlton would add back to back to back tallies to help the Patriots go on to take a one goal lead.
With time waning, CC defenders Halle Burns, Tessa Dibble, Madeline Lahey, and Emily Mushlitz ratcheted up their defense while Lucy Fell played her signature defense of slowing down Westons’ top goal producer.
Patriot Johanna ONeil continued to solidify her importance as she led the Patriots with 5 draw controls and 4 ground balls.
With jut over two minutes remaing, CC attacker Goodhue scored her second, and game winning goal off a free position shot while Ernst sealed the game for the Patriots with a 58 % earned save average. The Patriots finished by stalling the ball for the remaining 1:39 seconds.
"The tempo of the game determined our strategy from the sideline," said Coach Paul Morrison. "We were scoring on most of our shots so it made sense to keep firing away. Kate (Wyeth) and Becca (Olsen) were asked to step up and they did by scoring four goals each."