WESTON, Mass. -- In Tom Dalicandro’s book, Concord-Carlisle’s five-goal outburst in the second quarter of Tuesday’s 10-4 win over No. 13 Weston was a downright laser show.
The fourth-ranked Patriots don’t often engage in barnburners; typically, their strength comes on the defensive side of the field.
However, with a balanced attack highlighted by attack Ben Lesser’s five-goal game, C-C proved they can do it both ways while locking up the Dual County League Small title.
“I thought we had a really good second quarter,” Dalicandro said. “In the first quarter, we had some opportunities, but their goalie made some saves and we turned in on the second. We got four goals, that’s pretty good for us.
“That’s a good team [Weston]. I think they can make a run in the tournament. I can easily see them as a final four team, or playing at Harvard. That was a good win for us because that’s a good team.”
Mike O’Brien (2 goals, assist) and Matt Carroll (1 G, 2A) each tallied a three-point games while Jackson Finigan popped in two goals.
Attack Joey Pasquale led the Weston (13-2, 8-3 DCL) offense, tallying a hat trick.
C-C (15-1, 12-0) was frustrated in the early going by Wildcats goaltender Jared Fong, who made four key saves in the first quarter.
The Patriots led 1-0 after one, but things opened up in the second. Lesser got things started with his first tally little over a minute in. He capped off the half, netting his second of the game with 49 seconds remaining, beating his defender off the dodge.
Lesser came back to add two goals in the third quarter to pace C-C to a 7-3 lead. His fourth of the game came from the seat of his pants. As Lesser swept around the front of the cage, he turned a fired a shot on Fong while falling backwards.
“To be honest, if I knew, I’d tell you,” Lesser responded when asked what happened on the play. “I just ran full speed to my right, turned around and shot it as hard as I could. Somehow it went in though.”
Perhaps the greatest contribution of the third, however, came from Patriots goaltender Doug Gouchoe. The junior made several sensational stops to keep the Wildcats off the board as C-C continued to pile it on.
“Doug played great today,” Dalicandro said. “He made some spectacular saves that were huge. There some truly outstanding saves that, normally, those are goals. Those really changed the complexion of the game. They had some point-blank shots that he made stops on.”