The Concord Carlisle girls lacrosse team put together one of their best games of the season Saturday, April 28, defeating the Lexington Minutemen 17-10 at Doug White Field for their third consecutive win. The Patriots used speed, ball handling, passing and accurate shooting combined with a stubborn defense to control the first half, commanding a strong lead of 11-3. "We were in a great rhythm on offense and defense during most of the first half" said Concord-Carlisle Coach Paul Morrison, though the team "lost focus" near the game's midpoint.
This carried over to the second half, which Lexington began with rattling off several unanswered goals through a hard charging offense. Morrison called a time out for the Patriots to regroup and the team was able to maintain its lead. The final two minutes found them utilizing their stall offense as the clock ran out – the score Concord-Carlisle 17-Lexington 10.
Their previous victory showed the team more in sync, with Concord-Carlisle's Greta White executing skillful defensive maneuvers and the game ending with the Patriots 14-7 win over the Acton-Boxborough Colonials at Doug White field.
The first half was close, however with a score of 5-2 in Concord-Carlisle's favor. The momentum picked up for the Patriot offense in the second half as they pushed to solidify their advantage. A string of scores brought the game to a close at 14-7.
It was to be one of the most anticipated games thus far this season for the Patriots. Masconomet, an undefeated Division 1 team versus Concord Carlisle, Dual County Small League Leader. For the fan expecting a tight game between two challenging opponents it was not to be on this day, as the Patriots poured on an impressive offensive attack and never looked back. The game ended with Concord-Carlisle's victory 17-9.
The Patriots had gained a comfortable lead by the first half of 12-4. “I was happy to see the team come out strong after losing a tight game the last time out," said Morrison. "Greta White and her defensive partners Marin Epstein, Caroline Guild, Jenny Robinson, and Caitie Standish dominated and made it difficult on Masco to score. The defense continues to set the tone for our success as a team."
The Masconomet Chieftains were unable to turn it around in the second half when Concord-Carlisle junior Maddie Holmes took over in net. The Patriots were led on offense by Emma Brandhorst (4 goals, 1 assist), Allie Barrett (3 goals, 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers) and Jessie Castelline (2 goals, 5 draw controls). Freshmen Lexi Goodhue also added 2 goals and an assist while classmate Jenna Carlton added 1 goal before the end.
The three wins for Concord-Carlisle places the Patriots at 8-2 for the season, 1st place in DCL Small and ranked 4th in D1 North Conference. Some are now calling them “Patriette Nation."
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