Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.
The CCHS Girls lacrosse team (6-8-1) put on a show of their own Friday defeating the Marblehad Magicians (14-1-1), 17-8 at Doug White Field.
The Patriots who are battling for a Division 1 playoff berth took control of the game early and never looked back. Senior Captain Kate Wyeth led the Patriot charge notching 5 goals while Allie Barrett and Becca Olsen supplied three goals each. Freshmen Cassidy Hale also punched in 2 goals with 2 assists as fellow classmate Sophie Shipe potted a goal.
Sophomore Conley Ernst was once again remarkably defiant in net. The Patriot netminder made 6 solid saves on 9 shots in the first half, some during early critical early stages of the game that allowed CC to push out to a sizeable lead before the half. Ernst would end the game with 9 saves on 16 shots for a 56% save average.
This may have been one of the Patriots best 50 minutes of overall balanced play this season. It was a solid team effort on both sides of the ball as the defensively Johanna O’Neal, Lucy Fell, Madeline Leahy, and Halle Burns continuously harassed Marblehead causing turnovers then collected ensuing ground balls and transistioned them up midfield to the offense.
The return of Captain midfielder Allie Barrett from an ankle injury was significant and immediate for CC as the junior scored two of the first three Patriot goals and helped CC set the tone for the game.
Marblehead, who had entered the game ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the state by various polls and newspapers could do little to gain any traction or momentum as CC took control outbattling for the ground balls and playing mostly mistake free lacrosse.
At the half CC led 10-3.
The Magicians managed a short spray of 3 consecutive goals early in the second half to bring the game within for at 10-6 however CC’s offense responded well to the challenge as Wyeth & Olsen both doubled up with tallies while Mahoney, Hale, and Carlton all found the back the of net.
With five minutes remaining and a 15-8 CC lead, Marblehead attempted to press the Patriots stalled offense by doubling up on CC ball handlers. The Patriots executed well however eating up valuable clock time while still notching two final empty net goals.
"We really needed that win," said CC Coach Paul Morrison. "Conley Ernst was the difference for us in goal early in the game, and then the team settled down. Captain Kate Wyeth had a monster game for us and led the way to keep our playoff hopes alive."