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With less than six minutes remaining and a 6-3 lead, things were looking good for the Patriots last Tuesday.
Freshmen Cassidy Hale had just scored on a feed from Hannah Dudley to give the Patriots some added breathing room. It had been an intense battle as both teams pounced on one another with high pressure defense and aggressive stick checks.
But the Patriots had made the most of their scoring opportunities. And then there was CC goalie Conley Ernst, who was having a stellar performance in net collecting thirteen saves on goal while allowing only three goals.
A well needed timeout by Lincoln-Sudbury Coach DeJesus helped her corral and reinvigorate her troops. It worked, as LS won the next four draws controls and played mistake free lacrosse. Sharp passing and crisp catching followed by hard drives to goal all resulted in Warrior tallies.
Meanwhile the Patriots who had led the entire game managed to do little as LS backchecked aggressively causing CC turnovers and missed shots on goals.
CC controlled much of the first half winning the early draw controls and out hustling LS to the ball. Three Patriot goals came as a result, one each by Becca Olsen, Kate Wyeth and Jenna Carlton, whose nifty midfield break away notched the top left hand corner.
Meanwhile Ernst was on fire in net for CC as she frustrated the Warriors with their inability to get the ball by her. Ernst ended the half with 11 saves on 13 shots. CC went into the half with a 3-2 lead.
LS potted an early second half shot to tie the game at 3, but CC retaliated with two goals by Emma Mahoney and Olsen giving CC a 5-3 lead. Hale’s later goal came following an LS foul on CC’s Mahoney. The midfielder connected with Dudley who in turn found Hale as she cut past two LS defenders and released a well placed shot. Meanwhile CC’s defense continued its aggressively stance fighting for ground balls and possession. Johanna O Neil, Lucy Fell, Tessa Dibble, Madeline Leahy and Emily Mushlitz all contributed in keeping LS off the board.
The Warriors finally connected on a free position shot after a Patriot 3 second violation. Later, CC defender O’Neil would made an incredible defensive play on the ball as LS was awarded an open net free position shot. Crashing hard the defender deflected the shot on a wide open net to help keep the Patriot lead.
But LS had gained the momentum and continued to press CC. Two critical Patriot turnovers coupled with a shooting foul were all LS needed as they sank their final shots to edge the Pats 7-6 as time ran down.
"Conley Ernst was tremendous in goal," said Coach Paul Morrison. "We haven't given LS a game since 2009, so to come that close and let it slip away was a bitter pill for the team to swallow."