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In spite of CC junior attack Becca Olsen’s season high 6 goals, the Masconomet Chieftains defeated the CC Patriots 11-10 in the first round of the Division 1 North playoffs in Boxford Wednesday.
The hard driving Chieftains outfought the Patriots through much of the game winning the majority of both draw controls (15 of 21) and ground balls.
Chieftain midfielder Kathleen Gillespie set the tone for Masco winning the initial draw control and driving straight down field to goal for the early lead while Masconomet’s high pressure defense limited CC’s ability to transition the ball down the field for much of the game.
CC battled to stay in the game as Hannah Dudley (2 goals), Kate Wyeth (1 goal), Allie Barrett (1 goal, 2 assists), Olsen (6 goals), and Emma Mahoney (3 assists) worked hard to keep pace with the Chietains.
CC had several scoring opportunities in each half, both on free positions shots and play set around the 8 meter but were unable to take advantage as aggressive and speedy Masco defenders made well placed stick checks causing Patriot turnovers.
Patriot’s Olsen made the most of her scoring abilities in the second half tallying all 5 of CC’s goals and at one point giving CC the lead. But it was shortlived as Chieftains would go on a 3 goal surge as Masco’s Amy Arnold would contribute for two back to back tallies.
The Chieftains finished the final four minutes of the game stalling the ball and limiting CC to just one scoring opportunity.
Coach Paul Morrison commented, "It hurts to lose a hard fought game like that, but if you take a step back you have to say it was a great game. Our goalie Conley Ernst, and their goalie Lili Miller were both outstanding under heavy pressure. I couldn't be prouder of my team. We knew coming in Masco was going to give us their best effort. We had beaten them four times in a row since 2010 and they were hungry, yet my girls played tough and had chances to pull this game out. Becca Olsen was outstanding today. She works so hard at her game I was thrilled for her to see that effort payoff this season. I loved coaching the 2013 version of the CCHS Patriots, and I can't wait for late February of 2014 because I know we are going to be good."