Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.
On Saturday evening the Patriots faced CC Division 1 North power Westford Academy at Doug White Field. The Patriots lost a hotly contested game by a score of 12-7. The Gray Ghost of Westford jumped out to an early lead scoring successive goals, but CC was able to chip away closing the gap with a score of five to three the end of the half before Westford scored with seconds left to go up six to three.
"The last offensive and defensive series of the half was a killer for us" said CCHS Coach Paul Morrison. "We had the ball settled in their end to set up the last shot of the half, but turned it over with 30 seconds left and they transitioned it down the field and scored. Instead of going into the half down one with the momentum, we are down six to three. Westford is a team dominated by upperclassmen and they capitalized in key moments."
CCHS continued to battle drawing within one goal to make the score 8-7 at the 12:32 mark of the second half. But the veteran laden Westford squad withstood the CCHS push and held on for a 12-7 win.
Junior Captain Allie Barrett had a strong performance for CC chipping in two goals and three assist. Junior midfielder Emma Mahoney had two goals and one assist for the Patriots. Senior Captain Kate Wyeth, sophomore Lexi Goodhue, and Freshman Hannah Dudley each had one goal to round out the scoring for Concord Carlisle. Senior Lucy Fell (6 ground ball pick ups) and Freshman Johanna O'Neil (3 ground ball pick ups and 1 caused turnover) bolstered a defense that was led by senior Halle Burns who did an outstanding job shutting down Westford's top scorer, and DCL All Star Bailey Mongillo. Goalie Maddie Holmes, a senior captain, was strong in net with nine saves.
Despite the loss Coach Morrison was positive about his team's performance. "We played our best game of the young season against a highly rated opponent. Our team stayed composed in high intensity situations. As the season progresses and we mature as a team we will put together a great performance for the entire fifty minutes of play, which is something that we have not done yet, but are striving to achieve."
The Patriots return to action on Tuesday April 9 and Wednesday April 10 with home contests against DCL Small Division rivals Wayland and Bedford.