Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.
After losing to Shrewsbury Monday by one goal thus dashing any hopes for a Division 1 playoff run, the Patriots (8-9-1) rebounded in a strong fashion Tuesday by defeating #10th ranked Framingham (14-4) with a score of 15-13 at Doug White Field.
CC looked both strong and confident in their final game as they competed at the highest level against an athletic and stealthy Flyer team. Once again junior captain Allie Barrett led the charge wracking up 5 goals and 2 assists while Becca Olsen and Emma Mahoney both added 3 goals each.
Back in the lineup for CC were starters center Hannah Dudley who collected 1 goal, 5 draw controls, and 3 ground balls and sophomore Lexi Goodhue who had 3 tallies of her own with her distinct crease roll from around the net.
The Patriots battled the high powered Framingham offense matching them goal for goal through the first fifteen minutes of play but with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half and CC up by one, they managed the first notable lead as a Framingham shot hit the CC cross pipe.
The Patriots grabbed the ensuing ground ball then quickly transitioned down field for a tally. Moments later, Johanna O’ Neil would win the draw control and pass off to Kate Wyeth speeding down the right side of the field who’s perfect pass assist to Becca Olsen split the seam of two Framingham defenders.
Olsen found the back of the net giving the Patriots a bit of breathing room and a 3 goal lead. Both teams battled for goals through the following minutes but CC continued to chip away at extending their lead.
With confidence growing, the Patriots went into the half up by five at 14- 9.
As expected, Framingham came out fast and furious to begin the second half. CC Goalie Conley Ernst made several early key stops to help keep the Patriot lead. Though unsuccessful, the Patriots continued to create scoring opportunities of their own including a breakaway shot, three free positions, and a high pipe shot.
Both teams then buckled down and a defensive battle ensued as each offense could only muster one goal before the ten minute mark of the half. Once again CC defenders Lucy Fell, Johanna O Neil, and Madeline Leahy played smart resilient defense awhile freshmen defender Brianna Stout continued her aggressive prowess.
Down 15-10 with 11 minutes remaining, the battle tested Flyers were determined to not give up and continued to grind out plays while going on a 3 goal run to bring the game within two.
But CC would again match them goal for goal as Patriot’s Mahoney and Barrett each notched scores to help stave off any remaining Flyer attack.
The Patriots maintained the ball for the final seconds as the clock ran out thus ending their 2013 season.
Coach Morrison looked back on the season, "We had some very close losses over the year, none more bitter than the one goal loss to Shrewsbury yesterday. Yet this team was always resilient and battled to the end, and today they were rewarded for that effort by beating one of the top ten teams in the state. Kate Wyeth, Maddie Holmes, Lucy Fell, Halle Burns and Miranda Gaehde are terrific athletes and wonderful people. The Class of 2013 has laid the foundation for CCHS Girls Lacrosse to reach greater heights in the near future."
- Based on the win-loss record of their opponents, laxpower.com determined that the Patriots ended their season with the fifth most difficult Division 1 Girls Lacrosse schedule in the state only behind Andover, Westwood, Notre Dame, and Lincoln Sudbury.
- In spite of significant injuries to several starters, the Patriots lost 2 games by only 2 goals and 3 games by only 1 goal.
- The Patriots will be returning 16 of their 21 Varsity players in 2014.
- The Junior Varsity team under Co-Coaches Amy Carlton and Helen Lyons completed a very successful season with a 14-4-1 record.
- The Freshmen team under Head Coach Jenn Frizzelle and Asst. Coach Nancy Campbell had a perfect undefeated season with a 12-0 record.