WAYLAND, Mass. – The familiarity between Dual County League Small rivals, No. 2 seed Wayland and No. 3 Concord-Carlisle, is unquestioned. The two programs have battled for the top spot in the DCL Small the past two seasons and the rivalry is only building with close contests in both regular season splits this year.
The two met again on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Division 2 Central/East playoffs, looking to settle the rubber match between the programs this season and advance in tournament play.
The third and final matchup between the programs would not be as close as the prior two, as Concord-Carlisle controlled and dominated the game, en-route to a 15-6 victory.
The old saying that lacrosse is a game of runs could not have been more appropriate in this contest, as Wayland exploded out of the gate to net the game’s first two goals.
Wayland’s Roby Williams (2 goals) and Lucas Bastarache both scored on dodges from the top of the box to give Wayland an early 2-0 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter.
“We had to stay calm after letting up those first two goals,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said after the game.
Concord-Carlisle (14-6) would not only stay calm, but they would take charge of the game. C-C ran off 10 consecutive goals, before Wayland (15-6) closed out the half with a lone tally, as the Patriots controlled all aspects of the game on both ends of the field.
“We were really balanced today,” midfielder Will Blumenberg said. “We did a nice job in transition and we knew when to settle the ball and not rush things. We also had a lot of assisted goals, with feeds coming from the midfield down to the attack and vice-versa. It was just a really nice, balanced team effort.”
Versatile C-C attackman Austin Hoey would answer Wayland’s first two goals with three of his own in the first quarter as the sophomore was pivotal in shifting the momentum of the game in favor of the Patriots.
“Austin (Hoey) has been awesome for us since moving from midfield to attack halfway through the season,” Dalicandro said.
Hoey would finish the game with three goals and one assist to go along with numerous big plays in the clearing game, man-up and man-down units. The sophomore, who also quarterbacks the Patriots football team and is an all-DCL guard on the C-C basketball team, continues to show why he is one of the most important and improved players in the state this season.
Blumenberg would take control of the offense in the second half as the talented junior finished the game with three goals and two assists and he also added nice work at the face-off X. The junior continued his torrid offensive pace these playoffs, after scoring a season-high eight goals in an opening round win over Sharon.
Concord-Carlisle, known more for their stingy defense and ball control offense, showed that they have the ability to put up some big offense as the 15 goals tied for the team’s highest offensive output of the season.
Concord-Carlisle would lead 4-2 after one quarter, 10-3 at the half, and 14-3 after three quarters as they extended the lead after each quarter, before surrendering three late goals in the 15-6 win.
Wayland graduates seven seniors, led by Williams and star defenseman Jake Baxter. Both players will graduate, with their classmates, and leave impressive legacy with the Wayland lacrosse program that has won 34 games in the past two seasons, under second year head coach Joel Bates.
Along with Williams’ two goals on the evening, Wayland received scores from Bastarache, Scott Carvalho, Charles Tillett, and Cooper Archambault.
With the exception of the Middlebury-bound Williams, Wayland will return many of their offensive weapons next season, led by all of the team’s other goal scorers on the night.
C-C was led offensively by Hoey and Blumenberg, along with junior attackmen Tommy Standish (4 G, 1 Assist) and Sean Morahan (2 G, 1 A).
Aidan Long also stood tall in net for C-C, making 10 of his game-high 14 saves in the first half of play.