Boston High School: Nick McCormack

D2 North: Wilmington, Danvers finals set

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BILLERICA, Mass. — Cam Owens sparked a monstrous second period for No. 3 Wilmington as the Wildcats iced No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury, 6-0, in a Division 2 North semifinal.

Wilmington (19-3-2) was firing on all cylinders during the second period by blasting four goals past Lincoln-Sudbury goalie Erik Kessler (28 saves). Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Drew Foley was not tested nearly as much as Kessler, but Foley did his job turning away the 14 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Wilmington’s Anthony Castellano started the scoring at the 9:40 mark of the first period. Castellano fired a shot through traffic that Kessler never saw.

Owens opened up the second period by rifling a wrist shot past Kessler only 12 seconds into the period. That goal appeared to give Wilmington a big jump in its step.

“I put a little head fake on [the defense] and gave them the little shake and bake,” Owens said. “I went wide with it, and I shot it far side under the goalies blocker. After that, the floodgates just opened.”

Luke Foley, Billy Falter, and Dylan DiNatale played follow the leader behind Owens as they also added second-period goals to blow the game wide open.

In the third, Jake Rogers added the final goal of the game, becoming the sixth different Wildcat to find twine.

“We got a balanced scoring attack tonight, and those are the kind of contributions we need,” Wilmington head coach Steve Scanlon said.

The defending champs face Danvers their next time out for the Division 2 North final.

DANVERS 5, CONCORD-CARLISLE 3
In the earlier game, No. 8 Danvers stayed on a roll by knocking off No. 12 Concord-Carlisle, 5-3.

A.J. Cuoto stayed hot scoring two goals after recording hat tricks in the Falcons (13-6-4) previous two-playoff games.

“A.J. [Couto] has been playing well as we have seen the past few games,” Danvers head coach Kevin Brown said. “He is playing hard and mixing it up, so I am happy with A.J.”

Couto’s line was on fire scoring four-of-the-five goals that the Falcons scored as Rob Buchanan and Joe Strangie both lit the lamp too.

“Sometimes it just clicks at a certain point of the season, and we have made several different line changes throughout the season,” Brown said.

Danvers wasted little time getting on the board as Buchanan scored only 39 seconds into the game. Strangie then followed with a power-play goal by screening the goalie and deflecting the puck past Concord-Carlisle goalie Ranger Beguelin (24 saves).

“We have to set a screen because most goalies will stop the puck if they see it,” Brown said. “We like the guys around the crease, and Joe [Strangie] did a good job there.”

Couto then followed with his own power play goal by connecting with the puck in mid-air to redirect a wide shot into the goal.

“I just saw the shot coming from the point, so I stuck my stick out to try and make contact,” Couto said. “I got my stick on the puck, and it just happened to go into the net.”

Nick McCormack got the Patriots on the board before the period ended by tapping home a rebound late in the first.

Seamus Vahey brought the Patriots within a goal in the second period, but Couto and Adam Merry countered sending Danvers into the third up, 5-2.

In the third, Matt Robinson added a goal for Concord-Carlisle, but Danvers goalie Alex Taylor (16 saves) held the fort down to preserve the win.

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.

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