Concord-Carlisle midfielder Kevin Delehey carried the ball to the top of the Hingham box with 1:40 remaining in the third overtime. With both teams experiencing fatigue from the two-hour back-and-forth battle, the Concord-Carlisle junior dodged right, got a step on his man and ripped a shot that found the back of the net.
“I got a play where I was going to run over the top, maybe pass it off or maybe shoot,“ Delehey said. “The slide did not come so I just took it to the net and shot it. I did not have a very good game through regulation but my coaches told me to be confident, stay with it and it worked out.”
Delehey’s game-winner, with 1:34 left in on the clock, capped off a spellbinding contest that saw Concord-Carlisle (19-1) and Hingham (19-5) exchange blows, take each other’s best shots and leave it all on the field.
“When we played Hingham the first time [11-6 C-C win] Kevin Delehey probably played two minutes in the game,” said Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro. “Today he is a first line middie.”
With Concord-Carlisle battling significant injuries to some of their key players Dalicandro and his coaching staff have made necessary lineup adjustments that have paid off. Junior midfielders Jackson Finigan and Mike O’Brien scored two goals each from their new attack position. Matt Carroll (2G, 1A), Chris Walker-Jacks (2G), and Brendan Gay (1G) also figured in on the C-C scoring.
“Jackson Finigan and Mike O’Brien have moved to attack and they were just awesome, said Dalicandro. “We do not really talk about the injuries. We just expect the kids to go in and play and they do.”
The Concord-Carlisle defense led by senior All-American Michael Anastos, senior Peter George, and junior Henry Bumpus had their hands full with Hingham junior All-American attack Kevin Blair. Blair scored four goals in regulation but the C-C defense locked down in overtime with the help of junior goalie Doug Gouchoe.
“Our team defense has always been our strong point," Anastos said. “ We were really focused on our slides and made sure we always had a player on Blair.”
Hingham midfielder Tim Driscoll (1G, 2A) and goalie Derek McInnis had strong performances in their final games for the Harbormen.
“We are excited to go back to Harvard,” said Dalicandro. “This senior class is really excited to get there.”
Concord-Carlisle will face Medfield in the Division 2 sectional final on Tuesday at Harvard Stadium. Game-time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.