Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.
The Concord Carlisle girls lacrosse team fell just short 12-11 on Saturday in a close contest to last years Division I State Finalist, Algonquin.
Senior Captain Kate Wyeth led the Patriots with three goals and one assist while juniors Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney each collected three goals.
With continued injuries to three veteran starters, Coach Morrison needed to rely heavily on his five freshmen players including Cassidy Hale, Brianna Stout, Madeline Leahy, Johanna O’Neil, and center Hannah Dudley all of whom battled mightily and showed great composure in a very close match.
Patriot sophomore Goalie Conley Ernst had a standout game in net. Ernst continually made save after save helping to keep CC in the game while her infectious enthusiasm helped rally her teammates. Ernst collected a season high 11 saves while earning a 50% goals against average.
Turnovers were the main culprit for CC as Algonquin applied high pressure much of the game forcing the Patriots to drop balls and rush passes in their midfield transition game. Algonquin took advantage of two Patriot yellow cards by scoring two goals in the second half.
The Patriots battled back from a one goal 8-7 halftime deficit to take a 9-8 lead as Sophomore Attack Jenna Carlton tied the game followed by a Kate Wyeth go ahead goal on a nice feed from Becca Olsen.
Algonquin’s fast midfield transition game proved to be too much however as the Tomahawks took back the momentum and lead with a three goal run. The Patriots rallied for two more goals coming off draw controls, one tally each by Hannah Dudley and Emma Mahoney before Algonquin notched it on a fast break goal with just a minute remaining in the game.The Tomahawks went on to win the final draw control, stalling the ball to seal the win.
"It was a great high school lacrosse game," commented Coach Paul Morrison. "With the injuries we've been dealing with every player dug down deeper to put us in a position to be in the game at the end. Our veteran players led the way. Kate Wyeth had a monster game for us along with big efforts from Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney."