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Friday, April 3, 2009

 

CCHS winter sports round-up – part one

Boys hockey team continues winning tradition

Over the past few seasons, CCHS seems to have improved in almost every category and has become a Dual County League (DCL) powerhouse. Feeding off last year’s 14-5-1 regular season and a post-season run to the North Sectional Final, this year’s team had high hopes. The squad capitalized on a hot start to the season, and carried their momentum into the playoffs. This momentum propelled them back to a third straight North Sectional Final, where the dream ended in a stunning defeat at the hands of Shawsheen Tech. Although the loss was not taken lightly, it could in no way diminish the team’s impressive 12-3-2 season record.

Carlisle senior Nick Ligor (# 23) drives a shot on goal. (Photo courtesy of Nick Ligor)

Of the 19 players returning from last year, eight were seniors, providing the team with unprecedented experience. “We had more depth than any other team in the DCL,” noted senior co-captain Stephen Winslow. “We could confidently roll four lines and six defensemen.” Depth proved to be the team’s greatest strength throughout the season; when key players struggled, others were quick to step up and do their part. “Even though we had a lot of talented individuals,” Winslow added, “We were at our best when we learned to play as a team.” This strong sense of team allowed the Patriots to play against even the toughest opponents, which was apparent when they knocked off Tewksbury, ranked #1 in Division 2.

Carlisle players included junior Justin Harris and seniors Nick Ligor and Brett Mahoney. The team hopes to continue its success next year, when potentially 10 players will return. ∆


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