For the fourth time in five years, the Concord-Carlisle girls lacrosse team reached the MIAA Division 1 East final.
A second sectional title, however, was just out of the Patriots’ reach.
Top-seeded Walpole captured the East title with a 15-11 victory over C-C on Thursday, June 14, at Natick High School’s Memorial Field.
The Rebels (20-0) led, 6-3, at the half and outscored C-C 6-2 in the first 15 minutes of the second half to hold a seven-goal advantage.
In the final three minutes, C-C (15-6) outscored Walpole 4-1, cutting the Rebels’ final margin of victory to four goals.
Fallon Vaughn scored twice during that run, while Evie Karle and Molly Dibble also helped close out the scoring.
“In the first half, if we made our shots, it might have been tied or we could have been in the lead,” said C-C coach Paul Morrison. “I’m still proud of the way we didn’t quit. We just fought until the end.”
Emily O’Rourke scored the Patriots’ first goal on a free position with 21:49 left in the first half, tying the score at 1.
Walpole’s Audra Tosone regained the lead for her team with 21:22 left in the half. Celia Walsh gave the Rebels a two-goal edge a minute later.
Karle scored with an assist from O’Rourke with 13:54 left to make it 3-2.
Walpole responded with three straight goals before Sadie O’Neil scored with 6:21 left to make it 6-3 at the half.
Walpole’s Sydney Scales scored opened the second-half scoring 31 seconds into the half. Dibble scored on a free position and Karle added a goal with 18:20 remaining, cutting Walpole’s advantage to 7-5.
The Rebels responded with five straight goals, expanding their lead to 12-5 with 10:25 remaining. Dibble ended the drought with 9:53 left and Fallon Vaughn scored with 9:13 left, cutting the score to 12-7.
Tosone scored back-to-back goals with 8 minutes and 6:09 left to restore Walpole’s seven-goal lead.
“They’re a fast team, especially in the midfield,” Morrison said.