Friday, November 24, 2000
Returning for the field hockey team were Ashley Bennett, Susan Goehring, Candice Oyer, and Taylor Lane, part of a tight knit group of eight seniors. With the addition of four more seniors, including Nicole Babine, Lindsay Smith, and Erin Moseley; six juniors, including Alison Robart and Kristina Coscia; as well as three sophomores, one of whom was Jazen Jacobellis, the team was well- rounded and prepared to be a powerhouse in the Dual County League.
The team played its toughest record ever, and in the first six games the team had a discouraging record of 2-4. However, the team picked itself up, and ended out the regular season at 13-5-2. Since having the record of 2 and 4, the team made an amazing comeback, going 11-1-2. Sophomore Meggie Morrissey was brought up from junior varsity, adding to Concord-Carlisle's offense. Team highlights included a 1-1 tie at Acton-Boxboro, and a 1-0 win over Chelmsford at home to end the regular season. The Pats also beat Weston, 4-2, for the first time in five years.
Double overtime upset
Seeded fifteenth in the Division I North state tournament, the girls knocked out Arlington Catholic easily at home in the preliminary round, 2-0. Next was an away game at Waltham, the number 2 seed in the tournament and defending Division I North champions. Concord-Carlisle was expected to lose. However, the Patriots played Waltham tough through sixty minutes of great field hockey. After scoring in the first three minutes of the game, the Pats let one in late in the half. Regulation time ended at a tie, 1-1. After thirty minutes of overtime, the score remained 1-1. During the second overtime, a sudden death situation with the teams reduced from 11 players to 7, Waltham managed to hold off the Pats for twenty minutes more. But Jazen Jacobellis tapped the ball into the goal, off the assist from Ryta Kudarauskas. The Pats knocked off Waltham in an upset, double overtime win, 2-1. In the next round, the team faced Lexington. Although both teams played well, it was Lexington's day, and Concord-Carlisle was defeated, 3-0. Thus ended an incredible season.
Throughout the year, every player on the team contributed. Robart, Goehring, and Moseley split the time at left halfback, securing the defense on that side. Oyer with her speed at wing and inner, Lane whose stickwork added a lot to right inner, and Babine's strong drive all contributed at forward positions, with Babine scoring her first varsity goal against Bedford at home. Coscia and Smith, who both played offensive and defensive positions, also helped the team immensely. Jacobellis at left inner was one of the team's leading scorers. Co-captain Bennett had a great last season at center halfback and was a member of the DCL all-star team. Everyone played aggressively and tough, which led to one of the most successful scoring seasons in recent memory. It has been an exceptional season.
To the team: It has been remarkable playing with all of you, and I know next year will be just as memorable. Good luck!
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