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A tremendous Spring tournament season for Concord-Carlisle

The last few weeks have seen a lot of winning by the four Patriot teams that qualified for post-season play in the team sports. Two teams, the softball team and the girls tennis team, made it to the semi-finals of sectional competition, the girls lacrosse team lost in the sectional finals and the boys lacrosse team brought home a sectional championship and is now looking forward to the state tournament. 

If such team success were not enough, there were also two outstanding individual performances this spring, resulting in sectional championships and trips to the state playoffs. Maggie Dorr won the singles championship in the Division 2 North Sectional in tennis and Gabriella Shieh won the NWC Sectional golf championship. Both girls eventually finished second in the state in their respective sports. Through the end of the sectional competition, the four Patriot teams compiled a collective record of 10 wins and three losses in post-season play.  Hopefully, the boys lacrosse team will add two additional victories to that total at states. In any event, these are truly exceptional results.

Boys lacrosse claims sectional championship with two thrilling overtime wins

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Boys lacrosse team just after their thrilling victory over Longmeadow Tuesday night.
(Photo by Jennifer Doherty)

The Patriots boys lacrosse team entered the Central/East Division 2 tournament as the fifth seed with a record of 13-5. While they were a confident bunch they knew they had a long road to travel in a relatively evenly matched sectional. They dispatched their first opponent, Bromfield-Maynard, rather easily at home, scoring the first six goals and winning by a score of 11-4.  The competition rose appreciably in the quarterfinals, however, as the team went on the road to play fourth-seeded Foxborough. The Patriots played a very solid defensive game and won by a score of 9-6.

In the semi-finals, the Patriots faced the top seed in the Sectional, Wayland, who came into the game with a 17-2 record and a quarterfinal overtime win against a good Medfield team. This ended up being one of the best and most exciting high school lacrosse games of the season. It eventually went to a third overtime with CCHS winning 11-10 after almost two and a half hours of aggressive and competitive action. The game was tight throughout and Wayland led 10-8 after three periods. With 41 seconds left in regulation, senior Robert Doherty scored the tying goal to send the game into overtime. Over the first two overtime periods, senior goalie Ben Kacher rose to the occasion and stopped all 6 shots put on goal by Wayland. It was Doherty again who scored the winning goal 43 seconds into the third overtime. The lads were thrilled, as you might imagine.

Four days later on Saturday, June 16th at Fisher Field in Medfield, the Patriots faced off against Westwood for the Sectional Championship. This was to be another close, tightly played game with neither team able to take a commanding advantage throughout regulation. The score was tied 7-7 at the half and 10-10 after three quarters.  The teams matched goals in the final period and the Patriots were destined to play overtime again. After a tremendous save in the first two minutes of overtime by Kacher, with Wayland up a man, the Patriots quickly reversed the field and senior Brad Labadini drove home the winning goal igniting a raucous celebration. After losing in the sectional final the past two years this was a very satisfying win for the team. They now move on to the state semi-finals where they will face a strong Longmeadow team on June 19 at 7:30 at Chicopee Comprehensive High School. See page 1 for result.

Girls lacrosse team reaches sectional finals

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Varsity lacrosse players, left to right, Emily O’Rourke (14), Katherine O’Connor*, (15), Natalie Slade (26), Hannah Symons, (18), Chloe Cyr* (20), Evie Karle* (21), Grace Jenning (23) and Coach Janice Kinney. (Photo by Tom Vaughn)

The CCHS girls lacrosse team had a fine tournament run, winning two games and advancing to the Division 1 East finals. The team entered the tournament with a 13-6 record as the third seed. After an initial round bye, the girls faced Hopkinton, the 11th seed, in the quarterfinals at home on June 6th.  They controlled the game throughout and came away with a solid 14-8 victory. 

  In the semi-finals they faced significantly stiffer competition as they squared off on the road against Franklin, the second seed, with a 13-5 record. 

CCHS girls varsity spring sports teams finish strong

After Franklin came out strongly on the offensive and scored the first two goals, the Patriots settled the ship and began to play stouter defense. With a balanced attack CCHS was able to take a 6-5 lead at the half. Again, however, Franklin came out strong offensively and scored the first three goals of the second half. As before, however, CCHS rose to the occasion and tied the game. The final part of the game was dominated by outstanding CCHS senior Payton Vaughn who scored three straight goals (of her six for the game) and led the team to a 14-10 victory and a ticket to the sectional finals.

In the final the Patriots faced a fine team from Walpole, the top seed in the tournament with a 20-0 record. While the Patriots battled gamely, Walpole was a little too much for them to handle. The Rebels led 6-3 at the half and came out in the second half with a burst of energy and speed that allowed them to craft a seven goal advantage. While CCHS gamely fought back in the final period to tighten the score, the final result was a 15-11 victory for Walpole. This ended another strong season for CCHS girl’s lacrosse, a season in which they can be proud of extending to the sectional championship game.

Patriots softball team loses in sectional semi-Finals

After losing their first game last year while being the number one seed, the Patriots were determined to have a better showing this year after again capturing the top seed. They achieved that goal in reaching the semi-finals of the Division 1 North Sectional. After a bye in the initial round, the Patriots defeated Everett 9-4 on Sunday, June 10 at CCHS. After Everett had taken a 4-1 lead in the 3rd inning, the Patriots erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. They eventually won the game 9-4 behind a balanced offensive attack. 

In the quarterfinals, the Patriots faced Woburn on June 12 at CCHS.  The game was close through the initial innings and the score stood at 1-1 after four innings. The Patriots pulled away, however, with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. The Patriots received strong pitching outings from Haley McMorrow and Hailey Beyer who together held Woburn to just 1 run.

In the semi-finals held at Martin Field in Lowell on June 14, the Patriots ran up against a hot pitcher, Jillian McCoy from Methuen, who held them in check for the most part. CCHS did have their chances with two runners thrown out at home. They, however, were able to score only 1 run and eventually lost the game 5-1 to Methuen. This was another fine season for CCHS softball.

CCHS girls tennis team falls to Winchester in the sectional semifinal

The Patriots girls tennis team’s season ended on Monday, June 11 with a loss to Winchester at the Winchester Swim and Tennis Club in the Division 2 North Sectional semifinals. Prior to this match the Patriots had defeated both Belmont and Burlington by sores of 5-1.

Against the perennially tough Sachems, whom they have faced in the playoffs nine times in the last ten years, the Patriots were just not deep enough behind outstanding first singles player Maggie Dorr to fashion a victory. Dorr won her match 6-2, 6-3 but the final team score was 4-1. The girls, however, can be very proud of another successful season.   ∆