Information in this report was provided on behalf of the CCHS girls lacrosse program.
In a must win game to continue their quest for the Division 1 North playoffs, the Patriots allowed a 4 goal half time lead to slip away losing 15-14 to the Shrewsbury Colonials on Tuesday. It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots who took control for the first half of the game.
CC midfielder Becca Olsen dominated in the Shrewsbury end tallying 4 goals within the first 15 minutes of play including a beautiful stick check on the Colonial, scooping the ball and firing it to the back of the net.
Allie Barrett, Emma Mahoney, Jenna Carlton, and Cassidy Hale all provided additional tallies for CC as Johanna O’Neil provided them with 6 draw controls and 2 ground balls. Meanwhile CC defenders Lucy Fell, Madeline Leahy, and Brianna Stout coupled with senior Captain and goalie Maddie Holmes played a staunch, resilient defensive game making the Colonials work hard for every goal they could muster.
A Patriot yellow card allowed the Colonials to take an early lead of 3-2; however, once the teams regained balance, CC managed the ball better and went into half with a solid 9-5 lead.
The second half was all Shrewsbury; however, the Colonials made adjustments in their game plan, gaining more draw controls and modifying to a fast break game which stymied the Patriots.
The Colonials went on a 7 goal run to take a 12-9 lead as Coach Morrison called for a time out. Following the stop in play, the Patriots resumed play with a goal each by Mahoney and Hale to bring the game within one.
Shrewsbury responded with three straight fast breaks to push out to a 15-11 lead. With just over 4 minutes remaining and a second time out, the Patriots began to gain momentum again as Hale, O’Neil, and Mahoney all fought to win crucial draw controls. Kate Wyeth, Olsen, and Hale then followed through with needed tallies to bring the Patriots within back one a goal.
At 15-14 and just over a minute remaining, CC had to win the draw control for any chance to tie the game. And they did as Hale won the ball and raced down field toward goal spotting Barrett to her right.
Barrett-- seeking a must needed goal-- then drove to goal cutting between two Colonial defenders and firing a perfect bounce shot to tie the game. Unfortunately a questionable charging call was announced by an official negating the goal and giving Shrewsbury possession.
The Colonials then effectively went into stall mode for the remaining minute to win the game as time ran out.
"It was a tough way to lose," said Coach Morrison. "We had two goals called back in the second half with our season on the line. The kids never gave up, and like they have all season they fought and competed to the bitter end."