Boston High School: Evan Boynton

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

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FIRST TEAM
G – Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
In his first season starting between the pipes for the Dragons, Marrocco was named an Eastern Mass. All-American while averaging 13 saves per game. Also a standout hockey player during the winter season, Marrocco is committed to Georgetown and was named Most Valuable Player of the bostonlax.net All-American game.

D – Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
One of the galvanizing forces behind the Hawks’ run to the program’s first state lacrosse title, the Eastern Mass. All-American was tasked with shutting down the opponent’s top attacks.

D – Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Named the Tri-Valley League’s Defensive Most Valuable player, Cox was a four-year member of the lacrosse team and part of back-to-back MIAA Division 2 state championship lacrosse teams. During the winter, Cox finished second on the Warriors hockey team in scoring, posting 12 goals for 38 points in 21 games. He will continue his lacrosse career at the University of Vermont.

D – John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Notre Dame commit was a jack of all trades for the Warriors this season, taking faceoffs, playing on man-up situations and providing lockdown defense. Sexton was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and is a three-time Dual County League All-Star.

LSM – Nick Brozowski, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
A ground ball machine, the Maryland commit was named an Eastern Mass. All-American in addition to Dual County League All-Star honors.

M – Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 38 goals and 20 assists while leading the Warriors to a Division 1 final appearance. Delaney will continue his lacrosse career at Fairfield University next year.

M – Keegan Dudeck, Sr., Longmeadow
The Lancers captain closed out his career on a high with a five-goal outburst in their Division 2 state championship win over Medfield. Dudeck tallied 38 goals and 17 assists for his senior season.

M – Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Turning in a dazzling offensive display at Harvard Stadium, Wheeler was a key component to the Hawks’ first-ever lacrosse championship. The Boston University commit and Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 42 goals with 15 assists this year.

A – Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Among the state scoring leaders in each of the last two seasons, Drapeau ripped off 71 goals in 2013. The Loyola commit was an ESPN Boston MIAA Lacrosse All-State second-teamer last year and also was a Hockey All-State Honorable Mention during the winter season.

A – Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
The Eastern Mass. All-American helped lead the Warriors back to the Division 2 state championship game. Melvin will continue his lacrosse career at Bates College.

A – Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Named ESPN Boston’s third annual “Mr. Lacrosse” winner last week, the Fairfield University signee finished his high school career with 179 goals and 159 assists. Panepinto, also a standout on the football field for the Rockets, was a two-time Eastern Mass. All-American and ESPN Boston All-State selection.

Specialist – Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Osbahr was an offensive weapon for the Eagles at the faceoff X as the best draw-winner in Eastern Mass. Also a member of Prep’s Super 8 hockey squad, the Eastern Mass. All-American will continue his lacrosse career at Bentley University.

SECOND TEAM
G – Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
D – Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
D – Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
D – Ian Yanulis, Sr, BC High
M – Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
M – Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly
M – Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
M – Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
A – Hunter Burdick, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
A – Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover
A – Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Specialist – Drew Kelleher, Jr., Longmeadow

Honorable Mention
Dom Abate, Sr. M, Beverly
Tommy Bannan, Sr. G, Hingham
Kevin Bletzer, Jr. M, Catholic Memorial
Rogers Boylan, Sr. D, Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Mike Carbone, Sr. A, Marshfield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr. A, Scituate
Matt Comerford, Sr. G, Reading
Pat Cronin, Jr. A, BC High
Matt Crowell, Jr. M, Medfield
Mark Dente, Sr. A, Reading
Kevin Farrell, Sr. FOGO, Billerica
Chris Frye, Sr. A, Walpole
Andrew Gallahue, Jr. A, St. John's Prep
Henry Guild, Sr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr. M, Wayland
Keifer Heckman, Sr. A, Peabody
Eamon Hunter, Soph. LSM, Lincoln-Sudbury
Joe Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
Reid Leveillee, Jr. D, Longmeadow
Giles Ober, Sr. G, Algonquin
Kieran Presley, Sr. M, Amherst
Brian Rotatori, Sr. M, Grafton
Drew Smiley, Jr. A, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
D.J. Smith, Sr. G, Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr. G, Medfield
Luc Valenza, Sr. D, Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr. D, Andover
Sam Wheaton, Sr. G, Minnechaug

Coach of the Year -- Ryan Liebel, Longmeadow
The Eastern Mass Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its boys' lacrosse 2013 All-Americans.

Here is the list:

FIRST TEAM
ATTACK
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover

MIDFIELD
Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly

DEFENSE
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury

SPECIALIST
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle

GOALIE
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica

SECOND TEAM
ATTACK
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Andrew Gallahue, Jr., St. John's Prep
Mark Dente, Sr., Reading
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

MIDFIELD
Dom Abate, Sr., Beverly
Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
Matt Crowell, Jr., Medfield
Eric O'Brien, Sr., Reading
Joe Igoe, Sr., Framingham

DEFENSE
Luc Valenza, Jr., Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Rogers Boylan, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle

SPECIALIST
Kevin Farrell, Sr., Billerica
Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John's Prep

GOALIE
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Tommy Bannan, Sr., Hingham

D2 lacrosse: Wellesley 4, Concord-Carlisle 3

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WELLSELEY, Mass. -- If a defensive lacrosse battle was what you were looking for then there was no better place to be on Friday night than Wellesley’s Sprague Field.

No. 6 seed Wellesley and No. 11 Concord-Carlisle locked horns in another pivotal post-season matchup as the Raiders outlasted C-C to win, 4-3, and advance to the quarterfinals of the Eastern Mass. Division 2 tournament.

“In a 4-3 game, if one team blinks, that game goes the other way,” Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty said after the game. “All the credit in the world to Concord-Carlisle. You can’t score on them.”

Two of the top programs in Massachusetts Division 2 lacrosse, both programs pride themselves in their ability to control the pace of the game and to use their defensive strengths to wear teams down.

“They did a better job of taking the air out of the ball and they valued the ball better than we did today,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said.

Wellesley (16-4) would score first as attack John Caraviello beat his man and finished at the cage to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Wellesley middie Andrew Volkmann would then score the next two goals as the senior captain stayed aggressive and beat C-C sophomore goalie Andrew Kielar to give Wellesley a 3-0 lead after one quarter.

C-C (13-6) changed goalies early as they went to freshman Aidan Long to try to stem some of the early momentum. Long would do just that as the young C-C netminder came in and made an immediate impact.

“Aidan [Long] stepped in and was unbelievable,” Dalicandro said after the game. “It is great for him and we have great competition for the next two years.”

Concord-Carlisle got on the board with their first goal, midway through the second quarter, as middie Will Blumenberg let one rip from the top of the box to beat Wellesley goalie Mike Riskind with a man-up score.

C-C seized temporary momentum as senior defender Evan Boynton made a nice play on the ball deep in the C-C field of play and carried the ball the length of the field in transition. He found attack Charlie Painter (2 assists), who hit fellow attack Steven Armanetti to cut the lead Wellesley lead to 3-2.

Wellesley would get a big goal before the half as Kerry Lyne would score to make it 4-2 and give the Raiders a two-goal advantage heading to the half.

Defensive Finish: Both teams struggled out of the half, as each team’s defense buckled down and denied each other’s offense numerous potential scoring opportunities.

“The goalies were great, the defenses were great and I do not know how the middies could run any harder for both teams,” Batty stressed.

The Wellesley defensive unit of Matt Bomes, Will Hartnett and T.J. Noonan all did a magnificent job controlling the tempo of the game and shutting the C-C offense out through most of the second half.

“Every minute counts and you cannot take any turns off,” Bomes said after the game. “We were ready to go today. Four-to-three is a close one, not a lot of scoring, and we just had to hold it down.”

The Wellesley defensive midfield also did a great job of limiting C-C’s transition opportunities and negating the effectiveness of the early offense. Trailing by two goals with time winding down, C-C middie Jack Barrett scored on the run to bring C-C to within one goal at 4-3 with 2:53 remaining in the game.

Despite the goal and the newfound momentum, Wellesley’s defense and Riskind denied C-C the comeback attempt. Riskind came up with a critical save with under one minute remaining in the game to seal the win.

“We had all the momentum in the fourth quarter,” Dalicandro said. “We just needed to bury some shots and we just didn’t. They are a very good defensive team and their goalie made some saves.”

The Concord-Carlisle senior defensive unit of Boynton (Amherst-football), Sam Barrett (Washington and Lee) and Javier Flores (St. Mary’s College) also played equally well in the loss. The all-Dual County League veteran unit will be missed as they transition to college athletics.

“They did a great job,” Dalicandro said. “They are three all-league guys and we are going to miss them. We are going to be a really different team next year. We graduate a lot of seniors. It was great to see them step up and play championship lacrosse.

Wellesley advances to the quarterfinals and will take on the winner of No. 3 Reading and No. 19 Melrose. Both Middlesex league rivals will play their first round game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Reading High School.

Recap: No. 8 Concord-Carlisle 9, No. 16 Reading 7

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READING, Mass. – No. 8 Concord-Carlisle lacrosse stormed out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back as they defeated No. 16 Reading, 9-7, behind an intelligent and disciplined defensive effort.

Despite a furious second-half comeback, Reading (16-2) cou;d not overcome a six-goal second half deficit on Wednesday in both team’s final tune-up before post-season play begins next week.

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Ryan Kilian for ESPNConcord-Carlisle long-stick midfielder Nick Brozowski collected eight ground balls in the Patriots' 9-7 win over Reading.
The Patriots would maintain their 5-0 lead through the second quarter and in to the half as their senior defensive unit of Evan Boynton, Sam Barrett and Javier Flores did an excellent job of containing the explosive Reading attack unit.

“This is the best we have played defensively,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said after the game. “I was really worried about the match-up because the have three really good attackmen. Sam Barrett had his best game of the year for us today and Evan [Boynton] and Javy [Flores] also played well. They are three all-league kids on defense and I think they rose to the occasion today.”

Don’t look now but the defending Division 2 state champion Patriots (12-5) have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight, including wins over Lincoln-Sudbury and now Reading, as they head into tournament play with plenty of momentum.

“We feel really good about ourselves,” Dalicandro said. “I think we can compete with anyone but we need to do the three key things we talk about. We need to value and share the ball, play great team defense and get saves from our goalie.”

Concord-Carlisle completely dominated the start of the game and led 6-0 until 2:58 on the clock in the third quarter when Greg Connery would score the Rockets’ first goal of the game.

Reading goalie Matt Comerford (10 saves) would then come up with a big save as the clock ticked down in the third quarter and Conor Frazier would take a deep outlet and find Charlie Colvin (2 Goals) for a goal with point-one seconds remaining on the clock.

Trailing 6-2 heading into the final quarter of play, Reading would come to life and begin to get out in the open field as they would cut the Concord-Carlisle lead to 8-4 with 6:36 to play.

“We want to play our style of lacrosse,” Reading head coach Charlie Hardy said. “We are a little more run and gun and we want to get out in transition.”

After Reading (16-2) started to seize momentum, Concord-Carlisle attack Tim Badgley (2G, 1A) would score and important ninth goal with 5:40 on the clock to give Concord-Carlisle a 9-4 lead.

Reading would not let down, however, as Charlie Colvin, Mark Dente and Eric O’Brien all netted goals to cut the C-C lead to 9-7 with one minute remaining in the game.

“I think the kids put a lot of spirit into the comeback,” Hardy said. “The team you saw at the end is the team that we have.”

C-C middie Will Blumenberg would help the Patriots secure a key late possession in the final minute of play to seal the win.

Blumenberg led C-C with three goals on the day while middie Peter Anastos (1G, 1A) also played well offensively for C-C.

“You can’t spot a team like that goals,” Hardy said. “They are too sophisticated and they are too well coached.”

Concord-Carlisle and Reading will now both await the seeding selection for Division 2 on Friday to see whom they will face next week.

“We love playing them as it is a character game,” Hardy said of the annual end-of-year game with C-C. “We want to play them at the end of the regular season so now we get to see what we need to work on.”

Concord-Carlisle also received a strong game from long stick middie Nick Brozowski, who had his usual strong game on groundballs, scooping up eight, and using his quick stick to force multiple turnovers.

Andrew Kielar also played well in net for C-C as the sophomore came up with five of his nine saves in the first half.

MIAA boys' lacrosse preseason All-State Team

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Attackmen:
Tyler Bogart, Soph., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Brandon Jaeger, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
C.J. LoConte, Sr., Duxbury
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Menzel, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Robbie Pisano, Sr., Needham
Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Andrew Smiley, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

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Scott Barboza/ESPN Army commit C.J. LoConte will look to shoulder a bigger part of the offense for defending Division 1 state champion Duxbury.
Midfielders:
Kevin Bletzer, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Will Blumenberg, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Alec Brown, Sr., Wakefield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr., Wayland
Davis Kraft, Sr., Algonquin
Matt LaCroix, Sr., Westfield
Drew O’Connell, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Mikey Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Kieran Presley, Sr., Amherst
Bryan Rotartori, Sr., Grafton
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian

Long-stick Midfielders:
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle
Mike Elcock, Jr., Needham
D.J. George, Sr., Arlington Catholic
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Defensemen:
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Tim Gillis, Soph., Cohasset
Brian Uva, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Luc Valenza, Sr., Foxborough
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Ian Yanulis, Sr., BC High

Goaltender:
Andrew Blood, Jr., Walpole
Matt Comerford, Sr., Reading
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
Giles Ober, Sr., Algonquin
Jake Reynolds, Jr., Scituate
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr., Medfield
Tighe Van Lenten, Sr., Masconomet

Recap: Wayland 14, Concord-Carlisle 13

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CONCORD, Mass. –- One point and one yard proved to be the difference on Friday night as the Wayland Warriors (6-3) defeated the Concord-Carlisle Patriots 14-13 in overtime.

The win gives Wayland the edge in the Dual County League Small Race as they stand at 2-0 in league with two more games to play in the regular season. The win is also Wayland’s first over the three-time defending Dual County Small champion Patriots since 2007.

“It was just a great effort from the team all around,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said after the game. “We are very excited right now.”

In a damp and raw evening on the gridiron, it was both teams’ defenses that shined through. With the game tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation the two teams entered their first overtime game of the season.

Wayland scored the opening touchdown in overtime as senior signal caller Matthew Goddard found tight end Kurt Straube on a 10-yard pass on second down to gave Wayland the 14-7 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Concord-Carlisle (4-5) dipped into their playbook as they executed a perfect halfback pass as senior running back Evan Boynton found sophomore quarterback Will Blumenberg on third down attempt for a 6-yard touchdown strike.

Trailing by one, Concord-Carlisle wasted little time, as they decided to go for two out of a timeout.

Blumenberg rolled right and did not see any open receivers so he tucked it under his right arm, dove for the pylon with his the ball extended, but he came up one yard short as host of Wayland defenders led by linebacker Matthew Devlin made the stop.

“I was actually thinking of going for two because I knew he was going to,” Parseghian said. “The defense just came up big.”

Devlin and the Warriors' defense stepped up when it counted all night, as they held Concord-Carlisle scoreless on two other crucial red zone opportunities along with a stop at the end of regulation.

“Defense is our strong point this year,” Parseghian stressed. “We are holding teams to under 10 points a game and we knew it was going to be a great effort.”

Wayland also received a strong defensive game from senior defensive back Dayleon McKenzie who had two big interceptions in the end zone on the evening, denying two C-C scoring attempts.

Senior Defensive End Tom Crowley stood out defensively for Concord-Carlisle as he made double-digit tackles and multiple tackles for losses on the night. Blumenberg also did a nice job in pass coverage for the Patriots.

Back-to-Back Early Scores: While both defenses were the story on the evening both offenses showed glimpses of excitement early as the games only two regulation touchdowns occurred on 25-yard-plus scoring strikes less than three minutes apart in the second quarter.

Goddard began the action when he found senior fullback William Gunshenan on a fourth down play that went for 25 yards and the game’s first score.

Blumenberg answered right back, as the athletic sophomore scrambled to his left and launched a 38-yard bomb to classmate Andrew Kielar for a touchdown.

What this means: The win gives Wayland the opportunity to control their own destiny if they win their final two games against Bedford and Weston.

Bedford (6-2, 2-0 in the DCL Small) poses a strong threat as they are currently tied atop the DCL Small with games against Wayland and Concord-Carlisle remaining.

Wayland also has the added benefit of hosting next Friday night’s game against Bedford at 7 p.m. along with their annual Turkey Day rivalry against neighboring Weston.

WAYLAND 14, CONCORD-CARLISLE 13
WAY (6-3) 0 7 15 0 7 --- 14
C-C (4-5) 0 7 0 0 6 --- 13


Second Quarter
W- William Gunshenan 25 pass from Matthew Goddard (Eric Maclean kick)
C – Andrew Kielar 38 pass from Will Blumenberg (Evan Boynton kick)

Overtime
W– Kurt Straube 9 pass from Goddard (Maclean kick)
C– Blumenberg 6 pass from Boynton (rush failed)

ESPN Boston Week 9 football picks

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ACTON-BOXBOROUGH (6-2) AT LINCOLN-SUDBURY (7-1)
The Skinny: Although the Colonials enter this rivalry game after a letdown against Waltham last week, these teams always have a say in the determination of the Dual County League crown. The Warriors have worked toward reclaiming the division title with help from a talented cast of seniors who have two-way success with the football and the lacrosse teams, including Chris Giorgio, Henry Guild and John Sexton. A-B’s wing-T attack is led by a pair of promising juniors in William Tejada (14 TDs) and Tom Saponaro.

Scott Barboza: Bill Maver has the building blocks for a strong group next year, but this senior group from L-S has been primed to make their run during the last two years. The seal the deal for the division, but it’s a rivalry game, so throw the records out. L-S, 20-14.

Brendan Hall: The Warriors take the inside track to their third consecutive postseason berth, but because it’s A-B they do it in knock-down, drag-out fashion. L-S, 17-10.

DIGHTON-REHOBOTH (6-1) AT WAREHAM (7-1)
The Skinny: Both teams sport a perfect South Coast Conference record entering Friday’s tête-à-tête and their only loss came against a common non-league opponent in Somerset-Berkley. Since their opening day loss, the Falcons have run off six straight wins, including a 5-0 record in the SCC. D-R’s ground attack is keyed by 6-foot-7 tackle Chuddy Nwachukwu, but the Falcons have also seen dividends in the passing game behind sophomore quarterback Nathan Kowalski. The Vikings, also undefeated in the SCC, have big-play ability with the electrifying Darien Fernandez in the backfield. Yet, Wareham has also brought the lumber on defense, surrendering just 26 points through five league games.

Barboza: In big SCC games, it’s hard to pick against a Dave Driscoll-led team. D-R, 16-14.

Hall: As usual, our loyal correspondent Corey comes up with some innovative names, this one “The Fernandez Express”. As long as Darien’s legs keep churning, the Vikings will stay ahead. Wareham, 17-13.

STONEHAM (7-1) AT BURLINGTON (7-1)
The Skinny: The Red Devils can sew up the Middlesex League Freedom division title with a win over the upstart Spartans. Stoneham saw its undefeated record blemish last week in a 42-28 loss to Wakefield, but the Spartans are capable of throwing a monkey wrench into the race behind Aaron Louis and Darius McPherson. Meanwhile, Burlington’s backfield tandem of Anthony Cruz and Marcus O’Diah has few equals in Eastern Mass.

Barboza: Cinderella’s ball comes to a halt. Burlington, 33-24.

Hall: Stoneham appears to have a quality foundation for the long haul, but in the short term this Burlington rushing attack will be too much for the Spartans to handle. Burlington, 28-14.

GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY (6-0) AT MILTON ACADEMY (4-2)
The Skinny: The defending ISL champs put their undefeated record on the line in a road game. Gov’s 40-6 win over Brooks last week kept its point-per-game average above 41 points a game as Tate Jozokos and Eli Morrissey continue their assault on opposing defenses. Mustangs junior running back Drew Jacobs continued his breakout season with four touchdowns last week in a throttling of Belmont Hill.

Barboza: Opposing teams better hope they have Jacoby Jones or Ellis Hobbs returning kicks for them because it’s a 108 yards or bust with Justin Yoon kicking off. Still, Gov’s offense takes over. Governor’s, 31-24.

Hall: The Governators haven’t lost a game since Jim O’Leary took over in 2011. How crazy is that? Governor’s, 30-20.

WAYLAND (5-3) AT CONCORD-CARLISLE (4-4) (
The Skinny: Wayland looks for the inside track in the Dual County League’s Small division, entering the game with one of the league’s stingiest defenses (10.6 points allowed), and two versatile targets in senior wideout Mark Bonner and junior tailback Robert Williams. C-C, the defending league and Super Bowl champs, lost Tim Badgley in the preseason, but running backs Evan Boynton and Shayne McCloskey have picked up the slack.

Barboza: Yeah, I went with the Patriots winning a long time ago, in fact before we learned Badgley would be out for the year. It’s political season, so consider me a swing voter here. Wayland, 14-7.

Hall: I have the feeling this game is going to be possession-based. In that case, give me the better defense. Wayland, 10-6.

LOWELL (6-2) AT ANDOVER (8-0)
(The Skinny: Lowell has been on an offensive tear the last four games, going 3-1 and averaging 43 points per game over that span. Cam Latta has spearheaded the surge, but can he outduel Andover’s C.J. Scarpa? The 5-foot-8 senior hasn’t thrown an interception since Oct. 6, meanwhile the Golden Warriors are averaging over 370 yards of offense a game.

Barboza: Calculators ready? Andover, 46-38.

Hall: Remember the 88-80, eight-overtime game between these two in 2010? Let’s do the honorable thing here and move the venue to the Tsongas Center. Andover, 45-40.

NORTHBRIDGE (7-1) AT AUBURN (8-0) (
The Skinny: Auburn, one of the state’s stingiest defenses (5.1 points per game), holds first place in the SWCL A division, and can put a vice grip on it with a win over the Rams. Offensively, the Rockets have rode one of the state’s biggest lines to bull their way to over 2,000 yards rushing and over 2,700 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Drew Goodrich and Tyler Desjardins. But Northbridge quarterback Matt Phelan (1,344 passing yards, 11 TD; 673 rushing yards, 19 TD) will be one of the more slippery athletes the Rockets will have seen all season long. Can they contain him?

Barboza: Again, more than the score, I’m wondering what the line would be set at on these occurrences: how many times the Rockets venture to pass versus the Rams keeping it on the ground. Think it’s a push, but … Auburn, 31-27.

Hall: Classic clash of philosophies here: Jeff Cormier’s power running scheme versus Northbridge guru Ken LaChapelle and his pioneering run-and-shoot. Give me the team with the better line, in a physical battle. Auburn, 20-13.

BC HIGH (3-4) AT XAVERIAN (2-6) (
The Skinny: What would you have said if we told you back in August these two teams would be meeting in November with a combined 10 losses? But that’s what we have here, as the two Catholic Conference foes will fight to stay alive in a conference that St. John’s Prep is favored to take a hold of. If linebacker Luke Catarius is a go for BC High, that should provide an interesting matchup for Xaverian and its talented skill corps of Austin DeCarr, D.J. Pagliuca and Hunter Taute. The key matchup will be in the interior, where two close friends and Division 1 commits will square off – Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (Michigan) versus BC High guard Jack McDonald (Virginia).

Barboza: Going with my preseason Catholic Conference pick in this one for whatever that’s worth – though it’s still probably worth more than Facebook stock. BC High, 21-17.

Hall: Give both teams credit here, they’re still fighting hard. But at this point, the Eagles have a little bit more momentum. BC High, 21-10.

BARNSTABLE (7-0) AT BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM (5-3)
The Skinny: Once again, these teams engage in a winner-takes-all battle for the Old Colony League crown in this week’s Game of the Week. Some elements to watch entering this one will be to see how the Red Raiders secondary is able to shake off a lackluster performance last week against Billerica. Similarly, B-R had its troubles with La Salle Academy and its spread attack a couple weeks back, so we’ll see how the Trojans’ secondary is able to deal with Barnstable quick and nimble wideouts. Let’s not overlook the running backs in this one, however. Hayden Murphy figured prominently into last year’s win by Barnstable in this game and Trojans sophomore sensation Brandon Gallagher (12 TDs) will be one to watch for years to come.

Barboza: Because it’s what Dan Buron wants us to do anyway, and for the fact I think the Red Raiders repeat. Barnstable, 30-24.

Hall: Any time you have an NFL veteran coaching the secondary, you have to think things will shore up after a bad week. Barnstable, 35-28.

D2 boys' lax: C-C claims 4th state title

June, 16, 2012
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Concord-Carlisle boys' lacrosse team wrote a new page in their long and storied history book on Friday night as they defeated Algonquin 13-3 to win the school’s fourth state championship and first since 1998.

The undefeated Patriots saved one of their strongest efforts for last as they struck early and often and played some of their best team defense of the season in the Division 2 state championship game.

“We have never had a season where we have played up to or beyond our potential every single game,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said. “It is amazing.”

Concord Carlisle (22-0) got all the offense they would need in the first quarter as senior midfielder Jackson Finigan set the tone early by netting the games first two goals on strong individual efforts. Finigan and freshman midfielder Will Blumenberg would each net hat tricks in the opening quarter to give C-C a 6-0 lead after one.

Finigan would add his fourth goal of the game with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter to give C-C a 7-0 lead heading into the half.

Concord-Carlisle All-American goalie Doug Gouchoe made five of his nine saves in the first half and the C-C defense held the talented and high-scoring Algonquin attack of Conor Healey, Mike Wood and Keegan Gillis scoreless in the half.

Algonquin (22-2) got on the board with 6:46 remaining in the third quarter as Wood scored the first of his two goals on the night. Blumenberg would answer for C-C with his fourth of the game a minute later.

C-C closed out the quarter with three more tallies to Algonquin’s one score to take a 12-2 lead into the final quarter of play.

Wood and Finigan would exchange goals in the final quarter as C-C controlled possession to seal the win.

Finigan finished the game with six goals and Blumenberg added five goals and two assists to lead the C-C offensive attack.

“It was a team effort,” Finigan said. “Everything that I did would not have happened without the guys on the field out there.”

Senior Leadership: “The seniors on the team this year are the hardest workers we have,” Dalicandro said.

Finigan, Gouchoe, All-American long pole Henry Bumpus and midfielder Mike O’Brien (1 Goal) were the C-C captains this year.

Finigan will do a postgraduate year at Deerfield before heading to the University of Delaware to play lacrosse in 2013.

Gouchoe will head to the Air Force Academy where he will continue playing lacrosse.

“Doug has been unbelievable,” Dalicandro said with a smile on his face. “We are going to miss him next season along with all of the seniors.”

Bumpus, who missed the Shriners All-Star football game at Gillette Stadium on Friday to play in the state championship, will play football at Brown University next fall with his brother John and C-C football teammate Andrew VanderWilden.

O’Brien, an All-American soccer player, will head to the University of Pennsylvania next fall as a member of prestigious the Wharton School.

Refuse to Lose: Concord-Carlisle senior lacrosse players Bumpus, Finigan, Tyler Koning and Anthony West were also members of the Concord-Carlisle football team that went 13-0 and won the Division 3 Super Bowl under head coach Mike Robichaud.

“Going undefeated in two sports and winning two state championships are some really great memories that we will leave behind,” Finigan said.

The Futures: Blumenberg, who also starts at defensive back on the football team and guard on the basketball team, is a unique talent at Concord-Carlisle. The freshman was a top scorer this season while playing attack and midfield for the Patriots.

With top long pole Evan Boynton returning for his senior year along with Sam Barrett, Javier Flores and Blaine Taylor, the C-C defense should again be one of the top in the state.

Algonquin also returns many key components next year at attack with Gillis and Wood, in addition to midfielder Davis Kraft and goalie Giles Ober.

Recap: C-C takes Coaches Challenge Cup title

April, 22, 2012
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Concord-Carlisle got a spectacular defensive effort and timely and effective offensive possessions to defeat fellow Division 2 power Wellesley 8-4 on Saturday in the finals of the 2012 Coaches Challenge Cup.

Concord-Carlisle (6-0) got out to a 6-1 halftime lead and never looked back as they moved the ball efficiently on offense, received strong net play from senior goalie Doug Gouchoe and added great rotational team defense in the second half to seal the victory.

“It has been a great week,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said.” The defense was awesome. “I knew Doug [Gouchoe] would be Doug but I am very impressed with the defense led by Henry [Bumpus]. Henry is the only one back and the other guys played JV last year. Evan Boynton was a short stick d-middie and Sam Barrett transferred back in.”

Wellesley (5-2) got on the board first to open the game as senior midfielder Oliver Saffery scored the first of his two goals on the day to give Wellesley a 1-0 lead. Concord-Carlisle would answer back with six unanswered tallies, including two man-up goals in the second quarter, to take a five goal lead into the half.

“This week we have come out so strong in the first two quarters,” Gouchoe said. “It is up to the defense to preserve that lead. Our offense has proved they can come out and score 8-9 goals now and that is big for our defense.”

Saffery would strike again out of the break for the Red Raiders on a man-up rip to cut the C-C lead to 6-2. Wellesley senior goalie Connor Darcey made 12 saves on the day with four coming in Wellesley’s third quarter shutout.

Trailing 6-2 heading into the fourth quarter Wellesley buckled down on defense and cut the lead to 6-3 as they held C-C scoreless for a 20-minute period before C-C senior attack Mike O’Brien beat the Wellesley defense on a great individual effort to ensure the win for the Patriots.
“We have to play smart,” said O’Brien. “We are not the flashiest players but we have a lot of kids who work hard and are smart with the ball. When we play well we are a really hard team beat.”

Wellesley also received strong play from senior long stick midfielder Ryan Cassidy, who excelled all tournament long for the Red Raiders. The senior followed up a huge semi-final effort in a win over Winchester with another strong performance on Saturday.

“It was great team win,” said C-C’s Bumpus. “We are playing smart and that has been what is getting us ahead in these teams. We do not make mistakes and that is what led to the Coaches Cup win.”

C-C freshman attack Will Blumenberg and junior attack Tim Badgley each scored twice for Concord-Carlisle in the win.

“Our offense starts with our defense,” senior attack Jackson Finigan said. “Without our defense we would not get as many opportunities for our offense. Our defense transitions the ball so well and gives us so many chances. We know that even if we do not get it the first time we are going to get the ball back.”

D-MIDDIES IN FOCUS
As good as Gouchoe and C-C’s close defense was on the day the most unheralded work was done by the d-midfield unit of seniors Tyler Koning (1 G), Anthony West, junior Brendan Finigan and sophomore Nick McCormack.

“Those guys played JV last year,” Dalicandro said. “Brendan, Tyler, Westy, and Nick was even on the freshman team. They all did a great job today.”

CUP REMATCH
The 2012 finals was a rematch of the 2011 Coaches Challenge Cup finals that was held in Winchester. Wellesley defeated C-C 5-2 on a rain soaked Saturday afternoon to win the Cup for Wellesley.

Darcey was the star of last year’s game as the Penn-State bound net minder had 15 saves in the win.

After Saturday’s game Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty graciously handed the trophy over to Concord-Carlisle.

“Concord-Carlisle deserves this trophy,” said Batty after the game as he presented the Cup to C-C. “You won with class and if we are lucky we will get to play you again in June.”

HINGHAM TAKES CONSOLATION
In the third place game Hingham defeated Winchester 9-5 behind four goals from senior attack Noah Ellis and two goals from senior attack Kevin Blair.

Hingham led 7-2 at the half but Winchester stormed back in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 8-5. Hingham midfielder Caleb Brodie would score the lone fourth quarter goal as the Harbormen take home third place in the Coaches Cup.

Lincoln-Sudbury defeated Andover 9-6 and Dover-Sherborn defeated North Andover 6-4 in the first two Coaches Cup consolation games of the day.

Coaches Cup recap: Wellesley, C-C final set

April, 19, 2012
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DOVER, Mass. -- A pair of teams led by stout defenses and outstanding goalies set the stage for what should be nailbiter of a final as Wellesley and Concord-Carlisle each made their way through the stacked field of the Coaches Challenge Cup.

WELLESLEY 8, WINCHESTER 1: The sixth-ranked Raiders got a tremendous game out of defender Ryan Cassidy, who totaled eight ground balls and played lock-down defense to help slow down the No. 11 Sachems in the first of two semifinals at Dover-Sherborn's Frothingham Field.

Wellesley (5-1) assured itself of a title defense by keeping Winchester's (7-1) dangerous group of shooters far away from Penn State-bound goalie Connor Darcey (11 saves).

At one point in the fourth quarter with the Raider D forcing Winchester to keep passing the ball around the box in hopes of finding any hole to shoot through, Darcey could be heard yelling to his teammates, "You're playing perfect Wellesley! Keep it up!"

"Winchester has shooters and we knew that going in," said Raiders head coach Rocky Batty, whose team took a 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter. "Ryan Cassidy controlled things with Darcey and understood that shooters are shooters, and if they got hot, we would be in trouble. They kept it at 16-18 yards. They drew a line and said 'That's it, this is where you guys will play from.'"

The defensive effort allowed Wellesley to push the transition, and while that didn't always lead to goals, it allowed the Raiders to get settled and at least work long possessions to make the Sachems defense work.

Offensively, Brian Pedersen had a hat trick and Peter Crane notched three assists as Wellesley built a 7-0 lead before Winchester got on the board early in the fourth quarter.

"It was a great team effort overall," Cassidy said. "Our team defense is something we take pride in. We don't have any real stars, we just try to play the fundamentals and work as a unit. This year we have a no-name defense. We try and keep each other as one unit and we do that and stay with the fundamentals, that's when we're most successful."

Despite suffering defeat for the first time this season, Winchester coach John Pirani recalled a similar situation last year where his charges suffered a big loss to Hingham but bounced back to push the Harbormen to a one goal game in the playoffs.

"The reason for the tournament is that we wanted great competition in the middle of the year," Pirani explained. "It's a response to the growth of the game and the risk/reward when you engage in that kind of endeavor is that you might get your head handed to you, 8-1. The reward is that you get the experience of playing a really rigorous opponent who prepares you for tournament play later on."

"We lost to Hingham last year, 16-5, and then came within an eyelash of beating them in the postseason," he continued. "I told the kids, 'I don't know how its going to turn out but I do know that we will be better prepared because we had this experience.'"

CONCORD-CARLISLE 9, HINGHAM 4: The eighth-ranked Patriots will face Wellesley in the title game for a second straight year, getting two goals apiece from Jackson Finigan, Tim Badgley and Kevin Delehey and producing a similarly efficient defensive effort to stifle the No. 3 Harbormen in the day's final contest.

Doug Gouchoe stopped ten shots in the cage while Henry Bumpus and Evan Boynton anchored the defense and didn't allow Hingham's (6-1) talented attack group to get anything going.

The Patriots (5-0) kept Hingham off the scoreboard until the third while sniping five of their own. Dave Freitas and Noah Ellis tried to jumpstart the Harbormen, notching back-to-back goals, but C-C quickly put down any hopes of a comeback by reeling off the next three scores.

"I thought it was a great team win," Gouchoe said. "We were firing on all cylinders and playing together on defense. Our energy feeds off our defense. If our defense plays well, our offense is going to have that confidence to go to the net and score."

Also standing out the crowd for C-C was two-way midfielder Mike O'Brien, who scored the first goal after Hingham's two and basically never left the field as he continually hustled back and forth between both ends.

"Our defense has been phenomenal all year," O'Brien said. "We have four solid defenseman we can rotate, our defensive middies, even our offensive middies that go back and play defense. It's really a six-man effort back there. Doug's at the heart of it making big saves but we also try to limit teams from getting good shots on him."

Added C-C coach Tom Dalicandro, "Mikey's the heart and soul of the team. He's a three-sport star and was a two-way star for us today. We told him after the first game he has to stay on the field as long as he can and not come off until he's dead."

With a big smile, Dalicandro added, "And then he's still going to stay on."

Unheralded linemen help lead No. 6 C-C

November, 22, 2011
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CONCORD, Mass. -- They may not be the most appealing bunch of football players in Massachusetts, but these three seniors know how to get the job done with the game on the line.

While star running back George Craan may get most of the publicity on No. 6 Concord-Carlisle Patriots, along with backfield sidekicks Tyquan Culbreath and Tim Badgley, it's the guys in the trenches that have kept this dynamic rushing attack well-oiled. Senior captains Andrew VanderWilden, Henry Bumpus, and Thomas Kleyn have been critical in helping the team gut out wins, both on defense and on the offensive line.

VanderWilden, the back-to-back Dual County League lineman of the year and a 220-pound behemoth at center, has anchored one of the best offensive lines in the state and cleared the way for C-C’s talented backs all season long. He serves as the unquestioned leader of a line that includes five seniors and four returning starters, and has been crucial in helping execute the Patriots’ Wing-T offense to the tune of 35.2 points per game this fall.

“Andrew has been a really solid performer for us for three years now,” Patriots head coach Mike Robichaud said. “He’s a really fundamentally sound player, and very, very smart. He knows his assignment, and he’s worked very hard to become a lot bigger, faster, and stronger”

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Eitan Tye for ESPN.comSenior captains Thomas Kleyn, Henry Bumpus and Andrew VanderWilden are three of the unheralded players who make No. 6 Concord-Carlisle's high-powered offense go.
Meanwhile Bumpus -- a towering presence at 6-foot-6, and the 2011 DCL MVP -- has made significant contributions on both sides of the ball, starring at both end spots. The three-sport standout remains one of C-C’s most lethal weapons on defense, sealing a big September game against Lexington with a decisive sack and interception, and also serves as the Patriots’ most reliable receiver at tight end.

“Henry has a lot of physical tools. He’s very tall and long, and at the positions he plays, he really uses that length and strength to his advantage. He’s very skilled for his size,” Robichaud said. “He’s deceptively fast and has great reflexes, which comes across both offensively and defensively.”

While Kleyn may lack the size and speed of his teammates, the 2010 DCL All-Star and team's defensive player of the year supplants any physical shortcomings with firm leadership and an immense knowledge of the game. The 5-foot-11 middle linebacker directs a defense that is currently giving up just 8.9 points per game, and shut out the league's long-time powerhouse, No. 16 Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1) on November 11.

Robichaud pointed out that while Kleyn may not be “the biggest guy going [or] the fastest guy going, he has tremendous heart and is really smart and fundamentally sound."

"He’s really been a key to holding our defense together,” Robichaud said. “He’s a kid who out on the field knows what’s going on and is able to make a lot of our calls on the fly; he literally is like having another coach out there.”

Although C-C’s gifted rushing attack of Craan, Culbreath, Badgley and Evan Boynton have gained most of the yards and scores in the Patriots’ offense, Robichaud maintained that above all else, senior leadership and control of the line of scrimmage have been key to the team’s success this season. And no three players have exemplified the coach’s words more than VanderWilden, Bumpus, and Kleyn.

“In the game of football, experience really does count for consistency,” Robichaud said. “[VanderWilden, Bumpus, and Kleyn] took their lumps, and weren’t great players as sophomores, but they got better and better. Their work ethic- how they approach the game and how they prepare- has really helped not just their senior peers, but the underclassmen as well.”

The coach also underlined his captains’ humbleness, and stressed their sole dedication to victory over any form of credit or acknowledgment. While Craan has been featured in numerous articles in the Boston media, and has been a mainstay on ESPN Boston's Mr. Football Watch List for much of the season, his blockers have continued to linger in the relative anonymity of small-town Concord.

Nevertheless, VanderWilden insisted that he would rather have it that way.

"The offensive line has played really well, but we don’t need all the recognition,” he said. “George and Tyquan are having great years, and we know when the running backs are playing well, it means that we are doing our jobs too.”

“These guys don’t care about who gets the recognition as long as the end result is a win,” Robichaud added.

When asked to explicate the team’s 10-0 start, VanderWilden emphasized familiarity with the game and team chemistry.

“We’ve all been playing together since Pop Warner and we really count on each other to execute everyone’s blocks,” he said. “We are all very confident in each other to get the job done.”

Bumpus, however, highlighted the Patriots’ success in the trenches, explaining, “Our blocking has really helped us seal the edge so we can run in the middle, outside, whatever; so we can have really good success on offense.”

Kleyn, undoubtedly the most intense and cerebral of the three, simply pointed to the team’s aggressive approach to games.

“Our mindset is to be relentless in all our basic plays and execute them to perfection,” the linebacker said.

Although any fan happening upon Walden Street on a Friday night could plainly see the enormous passion that VanderWilden, Bumpus, and Kleyn exhibit on the field, football is not the only arena in which the three captains excel.

“Going to Concord-Carlisle, the importance of academics has always been drilled into us,” said Kleyn, who will be suiting up for Amherst College next fall.

VanderWilden and Bumpus also value their education and classroom achievements highly, and both will be playing for Brown University next September.

Bumpus explained that his decision was slightly more difficult, choosing between Brown, Dartmouth, and University of Pennsylvania, institutions known more for producing Rhodes Scholars and Nobel Laureates than NFL prospects. Nevertheless, Bumpus pointed out how Brown’s experienced coaching staff, coupled with advice from his brother John, who plays defensive end for the Bears, made the choice easier.

“Ultimately, I really liked the players and the team,” he said. “Coach [Phil] Estes has a great staff who have been together for a long time, and I really like the way they coach. Going into high school, I knew I wanted to excel in academics and worked really hard to keep my grades up so I would have opportunities like this in the future.”

This week, though, the focus is all on Thursday afternoon. With a mammoth game coming up against league-rival Bedford, a Thanksgiving win is all that separates the Patriots from a playoff spot and a likely return to the D2 Super Bowl. While Concord residents are buzzing with excitement, anticipating an easy win over the 6-4 Buccaneers and salivating over the team’s championship possibilities, the players remain committed to the task at hand.

Offering a Belichickian response when queried on C-C’s postseason chances, VanderWilden declared, “All we’re worried about is Thanksgiving. We know what’s at stake, and we’re going to put a great effort out there on Thursday.”

And as if on queue, Kleyn added, “this is just another week for us, and we’ve been preparing just like we do for every team.”

The captains’ refusal to divulge any information or speculate on their team’s future hints at their supreme maturity and intellect, and their beaming coach was clearly telling the truth when he pronounced them “great leaders [and] great kids to coach.”

Recap: No. 6 C-C 27, No. 12 L-S 0

November, 12, 2011
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SUDBURY, Mass. --- Concord-Carlisle (10-0) used a dominating second-half performance to break a scoreless halftime tie and win 27-0, earning their second consecutive shutout victory.

The much anticipated game between the undefeated leaders of the Dual County League's Large (L-S) and Small (C-C) divisons began as a chess match, with each team looking to establish dominance on the ground and in the trenches.

While both teams surrendered yards in the first half, neither team could break through the strong defensive efforts up front. Concord-Carlisle had longer offensive possessions but L-S’s defense, led by senior defensive tackle Tim Krumsiek (eight first-half tackles), came up with bigger stops.

C-C’s defense began the second half by forcing two crucial three-and-outs on L-S’s first two possessions securing favorable field position for the C-C offense and senior running backs George Craan and Tyquan Culbreath.

Craan and Culbreath pounded and evaded the L-S defense as senior center Andrew VanderWilden, and the C-C offensive line opened up the middle. The Patriots gained 250 of their 366 rushing yards in the second half.

Craan carried the ball 28 times for 164 yards on the night, and scored the game’s first two touchdowns on one-yard plunges. The first of Craan’s two scores broke the scoreless tie midway through the third quarter. His second came with 9:29 remaining in the game.

Culbreath (109 yards, 2 TD) took over in the fourth quarter as the senior scored twice and broke the first big play of the game on a 37-yard burst through L-S defense.

“In the second half we knew that if we kept going at it we would eventually break one,” said Culbreath. “Every week we come in with the mentality that if we work hard we will get the payoff in the end.”

The 1-2-3 punch: C-C’s three headed monster at running back completely dominated the second half as the line opened up holes for Craan, Culbreath and junior Tim Badgley (10 carries, 89 yards) to take over the game.

Badgley gained 68 yards on a final fourth-quarter drive that sealed the game and exhausted the clock for the Patriots.

“We just executed tonight,” said Craan. “Everyone stayed on their blocks and we were relentless tonight. Coach Dimare prepares us well at practice and our motto is, keep going until you hear the whistle.”

Dimare recognized: Dick Dimare is a long time offensive assistant for Concord-Carlisle who was also the school's legendary former girl’s basketball coach. Dimare received a rousing ovation after the game from players and coaches for the work and preparation that went into the offensive game plan.

Defensive adjustments: The battle of the defenses went to Concord-Carlisle on the night as the Patriots are now just allowing 8.9 points per game with another shutout win.

“The guys really prepared defensively this week and it paid off,” said Robichaud after the game. “They (L-S) have a lot of skilled players out there.”

Key shift: C-C Defensive Coordinator Tom Dalicandro’s squad made a key move as they shifted junior Evan Boynton inside to play alongside co-captain Thomas Kleyn to form a tough middle of the defense.

“Thomas is a three year starter for us and is one of those kids who is like another coach on the field,” said Robichaud. “Evan, right before the Westford Academy game, moved inside to our SAM backer position and he has made a huge difference in terms of the integrity of the defense.”

Another important factor has been the improved play of the secondary. C-C starts a true freshman, Will Blumenberg, at one cornerback along with seniors Anthony West, Culbreath and Jackson Finigan, whom Robichaud calls the “centerfielder and playmaker of the defense”.

“We have a lot of confidence in that group,” said Robichaud. “They are a group of fast kids and they did a really good job for us tonight.

Injured Warrior: L-S could never get their running game off the ground in the second half and part of that was due to an ankle injury suffered by workhorse junior running back Chris Giorgio. While junior athlete Brian Carroll provides the explosive option for the Warriors Giorgio provides the tough, in between the tackles running.

Playoff bound: Lincoln-Sudbury will represent the DCL Large in the playoffs against Barnstable High School in one of the two Division 1A playoff games. L-S will also travel to Newton South for Thanksgiving Day football this year.

Concord-Carlisle can secure their third consecutive playoff appearance with a win at home over Bedford on Thanksgiving Day. Bedford (6-4, 3-0) is also undefeated in league play and is playing their best football of the season.

CONCORD-CARLISLE 27, LINCOLN-SUDBURY 0
C-C (10-0) --- 0 - 0 - 7 - 20 --- 27
L-S (9-1) --- 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 --- 0

Third Quarter
George Craan 1 run (Evan Boynton kick)

Fourth Quarter
Craan 1 run (Boynton kick)
Tyquan Culbreath 37 run (kick failed)
Culbreath 16 run (Evan Boynton kick)

Recap: No. 8 C-C 35, A-B 12

October, 22, 2011
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CONCORD, Mass. -- Streaks are meant to be broken, and Concord-Carlisle broke a 2-1/2 decade-long winless streak over Acton-Boxborough with a 35-12 win on Friday night.

Defense and a strong ground game powered Concord-Carlisle to their seventh consecutive win to start the 2011 season.

“The flow so far this year has been that the offense has been a little ahead of the defense,” said Concord-Carlisle Head Coach Mike Robichaud. “The defense was just huge for us tonight. I think we were really well prepared and our Defensive Coordinator Tom Dalicandro is phenomenal. They (A-B) never stop with all the formations and showed that in the third quarter comeback but our defense was enormous.”

C-C was led offensively by senior running back George Craan, who ran for 244 yards, three touchdowns and one 2-point conversion on the night.

C-C also got touchdown runs from junior Tim Badgley and senior Tyquan Culbreath. Badgley provided the game’s first score on 21-yard burst through the line and Culbreath provided the game’s final score on the night’s prettiest run. The senior shed tackles and danced around others on his way to a 37-yard touchdown run.

C-C led from start to finish and took a 22-2 lead into the half. A-B came out of the half and put together a patient and effective 4:21 drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Matt Brogie. A Jack Perry extra point made it 22-9.

A-B would then drop a squib-like onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that they would recover to turn the momentum in the game. A-B drove down field and came away with a Perry 27-yard field goal to cut the lead to 22-12 in the third quarter.

C-C and A-B would exchange possessions and C-C would grind it out down the stretch with Craan and Culbreath scoring fourth quarter touchdown runs in the win.

“George and Tyquan were huge for us tonight, “said Robichaud.

Jackson Finigan (2 pass break ups), Evan Boynton (1 INT), and Tyler Koning (6 tackles) also had strong defensive games for the Patriots.

Jake Pilecki (two catches for 67 yards) and Mike Duggan (nine tackles and blocked PAT) played well for the Colonials on the night.

Bumpus shines: Henry Bumpus made his presence felt all night as he had his hand on a few deflected balls, made two big tackles for loss and helped open huge holes for the C-C running backs to run through all night.

“Henry Bumpus is one of the best blocking tight ends I have ever seen at the high school level,” said Robichaud. “He has been doing this for us for three years now. On defense teams cannot run at him at this point. He just does a great job and plays the entire game for us.”

The 6-foot-6 senior defensive end is also an Dual County League All-Star basketball player as well as a star defenseman on the Concord-Carlisle

“I was really proud of our defense,” said Bumpus. “That is a very good offensive football team and we did a good job stepping up tonight. On offense we have five of six returners back on the line and we are really focused on getting back to where we were last year. We are blocking well right now and the backs are hitting the holes well so it is all coming together for us.”

West crushes momentum: A-B stopped Craan on a fourth down run early in the fourth quarter and got the ball back trailing by just 10 points. As A-B quarterback Hunter Arnold rolled out to his right he was met by a monster hit from C-C defensive back Anthony West. The hit knocked the ball free and C-C ‘s Jack Donovan recovered at the A-B 33 yard line. The turnover proved to be the difference maker in the game as C-C would score on the next possession to pull away.

The road ahead: Both teams get back to league play next week as Concord-Carlisle travels to Weston on Friday night. C-C plays three straight games on the road with Wayland and Lincoln-Sudbury following Weston. C-C concludes their regular season with their final home game against Bedford on Thanksgiving Day this year.

Acton-Boxborough plays their next three games at home as they begin with Waltham next Saturday afternoon. L-S and Newton South follow on the next two Friday nights before A-B finishes their regular season on Thanksgiving Day at rival Westford Academy.

CONCORD-CARLISLE 35, ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 12
C-C (7-0) --- 14 8 0 13 --- 35
A-B (4-3) --- 2 0 10 0 --- 7

First Quarter
C – Tim Badgley 21 run (kick blocked)
A – Billy Jackman blocked PAT return
C – George Craan 22 run (Craan run)

Second Quarter
C – Craan 6 run (Jason Finigan pass from Ryan Hoey)

Third Quarter
A-B – Matt Brogie 2 run (Jack Perry kick)
A-B – Perry 27 Field Goal

Fourth Quarter
C – Craan 18 run (kick failed)
C – Tyquan Culbreath 37 run (Evan Boynton kick)

Recap: No. 8 Concord-Carlisle 61, Westford 14

October, 15, 2011
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CONCORD, Mass. -- Not even thunder and lightning could stop the No. 8 Concord-Carlisle ground attack Friday. It ran all over Westford Academy, propelling the Patriots to a 61-14 victory in front of its home crowd.

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Jon Mahoney for ESPNBoston.comRunning back Tyquan Culbreath had two touchdowns on his first three carries for Concord-Carlisle during Friday night's 61-14 rout of Westford Academy.
Tyquan Culbreath got things going for CC (6-0) early and often. After his team forced Westford (3-3) to punt on its opening drive, Culbreath scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown when he took the option handoff straight through the heart of the Westford defense.

Minutes later, on his teams next offensive possession, he broke two tackles in a 50-yard touchdown run to put his team up by two scores.

In the second quarter, he added a 26-yard touchdown and a 4-yard touchdown on a reverse 5.5 seconds before the end of the half. It was his ability to break multiple tackles that made his performance so memorable in the game.

“We see those kinds of things in practice that only we see,” C-C head coach Mike Robichaud said. “He’s a special kid who really works hard. He’s very quiet and has really improved this year as a blocker. I think he’s really bought in to being a complete back, so it’s really nice to see him get the ball and just make some unbelievable plays.

“I wish I could say it was a great scheme and all the right blocks, but he just made a lot of great things happen. It’s great to see for him.”

Culbreath ended the game with six carries for 130 yards and four touchdowns.

His fellow running backs would not let him have all the fun, however.

In the third quarter, Tim Badgley scored on an 85-yard run, giving him four carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. George Craan had a 28-yard touchdown run of his own. He ended the game with 10 carries for 102 yards and the touchdown.

“We’re really proud of all the backs because of the way that they practice and the way they push each other,” Robichaud said. “They really challenge each other during the week."

They, as well as the rest of the team, will have to keep challenging themselves if they want to keep up their undefeated record.

-- The game was forced into a half-hour delay when thunder and lightning rolled into the area. With 1:02 left in the first half, the teams were told to head into the locker rooms and wait out the storm. The teams made the decision that when they came back from the break halftime would be treated like a quarter, with a shorter break rather than another long one. With time in the locker room so close to the half, Robichaud treated it like the real thing. “We had other things that we were talking about, so it was less about game-planning, it was a little more about leadership during that break,” he said. “The guys did a great job of putting things behind them and playing the way we know that we can play. It was a little bit different, but it was no big deal. It’s a pretty mature group of guys and they rolled with it.

-- The leadership issues Robichaud was addressing was his team’s willingness to take what some coaches would call retaliation penalties in the first half. On more than one occasion, his players were flagged after engaging a Westford player. The penalties came at costly times, keeping Westford drives alive when C-C needed to make stops. “We had what, I think, were maturity issues in the first half,” he said. “We had a number of penalties we discussed during the lightning break and we really challenged the seniors to snap out of it and be the leaders we know they are.”

-- While its offense will get the most attention attention in the scorebook, the C-C defense also came to play Friday. Collectively, it intercepted the Westford quarterbacks four times, including Tyler Koning’s interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. It also came up with a crucial 3-and-out in the second quarter when Westford was driving to potentially make it a one-score game. “This year, the offense has been a little ahead of the defense developmentally, personel-wise, things like that,” Robichaud said. “We made some adjustments during the week and the kids really responded to that. I think we really showed the way we can play on defense. It wasn’t a perfect game, but I was really pleased with our pass coverage. This was a great team we played. The kids were really looking forward to the game and I think they did a good job of just executing what the defensive coaches set them up to do. We have to get ready for [Acton-Boxborough] now.”

NO. 8 CONCORD-CARLISLE 61, WESTFORD ACADEMY14
C-C (6-0) 20 15 19 7 -- 61
WA (3-3) 0 14 0 0 -- 14

1st quarter

C-C - Tyquan Culbreath 10-yard run (Evan Boynton kick good)
C-C - Culbreath 50-yard run (Boynton kick good)
C-C - Ben Aley interception return (Boynton kick failed)

2nd quarter
W - Alex Eaton 11-yard run (Alex Locker kick good)
W - Justin Mount 1-yard run (Locker kick good)
C-C - Culbreath 26-yard run (2-pt conversion good- Ryan Hoey pass to Evan Boynton)
C-C - Culbreath 4-yard run (Boynton kick good)

3rd quarter
C-C - George Craan 28-yard run (Boynton kick blocked)
C-C - Tim Badgley 85-yard run (Boynton kick wide right)
C-C - Javier Flores 6-yard run (Boynton kick good)

4th quarter
C-C - Flores 73-yard run (kick good)

Recap: No. 9 C-C 35, Boston Latin 7

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
12:09
AM ET
CONCORD, Mass. -- Concord-Carlisle scored early and often on its way to a convincing 35-7 win over Boston Latin on Thursday afternoon. The win moved C-C (5-0, 1-0) into an early first place lead in the Dual County League Small, as Boston Latin fell to 3-2, 0-2.

C-C led 35-0 at the half, with each of their five first half touchdowns coming by way of the “big play”. The Patriots struck first early in the opening quarter as senior quarterback Ryan Hoey found classmate Jackson Finigan on a 47-yard touchdown strike.

“That was all (Ryan) Hoey,” said Finigan. “We actually had a run play called but Ryan checked to the fade and threw a perfect ball that I caught and it was all grass from there on.”

Hoey looked sharp all day controlling the C-C offense, and has been a steadying factor in his first year under center for the Patriots.

“Offensively we did a good job,” said Concord-Carlisle head coach Mike Robichaud. “We talked about the trenches and the edges and I think we did a good job there. We have some running backs that can make things happen if we get to the second level so we were pleased with that.”

C-C star running back George Craan scored the next two touchdowns on long runs of 71 and 55 yards respectively. The senior totaled 156 yards on the day, on only five carries

Junior tailback Tim Badgley got into the scoring action as well, with a 65-yard burst through the middle of the Boston Latin defense midway through the second quarter.

Senior tailback Tyquan Culbreath concluded the first half scoring barrage with a 44-yard scamper through the Wolfpack defense.

C-C has come out of the locker room the last two games and put their opponents away early with big opening first halves.

“It is a credit to these captains and a credit to these seniors,” said C-C head coach Mike Robichaud of his team’s early game execution and focus. “They take a lot of pride in coming out and being real good on first downs and early in the game.”

Boston Latin’s lone score on the afternoon came with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter, as junior Mike Surdek plunged in from two yards out to break up the shutout.

Latin was also playing without injured junior quarterback Miles Wright who was present on the sidelines sporting a hard cast on his right arm. Junior Cal Cahill took the snaps for the Wolfpack on the day.

Huge holes: “The offensive line are all big fast guys,” said Craan. “They do a good job conditioning and at practice and the coaching staff does a great job preparing them.”

The C-C veteran offensive line led by seniors Andrew vanderWilden, Trevor Castrichini, Owen Guattaduaro, Tom Gregory and Thomas Kleyn opened up some monster holes for the C-C running backs to run through.

“The offensive line did a great job,” said Robichaud. “It is a senior group and these guys have played with each other in some tight situations.”

Seniors step up: The C-C senior class has experienced success having advanced to the post season the past two years including a Division 2A Super Bowl appearance last season where they lost to Duxbury 35-13 at Gillette Stadium.

Whether it was captain Henry Bumpus’ big fourth down sack in the first half or the aggressive pursuit tackling of defensive backs Tyler Koning, Anthony West and linebacker Kleyn the C-C defense was up to the task.

“Our defense is led by a strong senior group,” said Finigan. “We have a bunch of hard hitting kids and we are doing a good job stopping the run and pass and whatever is called.”

Hoey, Finigan, Craan, Culbreath and the veteran offense line all led the way for the offense.

Finigan factors in: Finigan was all over the field for C-C. The senior caught a touchdown, returned punts, threw some key blocks to spring the running backs and was a big factor in containing the edge from his defensive back position.

“Probably the guy that is most unsung in our running game is Jackson Finigan,” said Robichaud. “He does a tremendous job of making blocks downfield. When you have good backs half our touchdowns are because Jackson has gotten on someone down field and what was a 30-yard run becomes a 50-yard touchdown. We don’t throw the ball a whole lot but he has just been huge for us the past three years.”

CONCORD-CARLISLE 35, BOSTON LATIN 7

CC (5-0) --- 14 21 0 0 - 35
BL (3-2) --- 0 0 7 0 - 7

First Quarter
C – Jackson Finigan 47 pass from Ryan Hoey (kick failed)
C – George Craan 71 run (Craan run)

Second Quarter
C – Craan 55 run (Evan Boynton kick)
C – Tim Badgley 65-yard run (Boynton kick)
C – Tyquan Culbreath 44-yard run (Boynton kick)

Fourth Quarter
B – Mike Surdek 2-yard run (Jake Hardy kick)

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