2018 D2 C/E Semis: Concord-Carlisle 11, Wayland 10 (3OT)

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By Ryan Kilian @masspreps

WAYLAND — With a spot in the 2018 Division 2 Central/East Sectional final on the line, No. 1 Wayland and No. 5 Concord-Carlisle went head-to-head on Tuesday, in a rematch between the Dual County League rivals.

Looking to avenge a 10-9 loss to the Warriors on May 30th, Concord-Carlisle found themselves trailing 10-9 with just over 40 seconds remaining in the game.

C-C senior midfielder Robert Doherty was not going to let history repeat itself, however, as the midfielder beat his man from the back-left corner, working around a help defender, and burying the game-tying goal (10-10) in the back of the net, with just 41 seconds remaining in regulation time.

It would take almost three overtimes and some impressive saves from C-C goalie Ben Kacher and his Wayland counterpart John Paugh, for Doherty to strike again, as the senior beat his man from X, for the game-winning goal late in the third overtime frame.

“We just made the plays we needed to finish out the game,” Doherty said. “We just needed one shot to end it, and I just took one last lunge and tried to bury it.”

Doherty would score C-C’s final three goals of the game and finish the evening with four goals and one assist.

“Robert (Doherty) has been playing great for us all year,” C-C coach Tom Dalicandro said. “He has given us great leadership, he has great vision, and he is just not afraid of the moment.”

As clutch as Doherty was on the offensive end, Kacher was equally up to the task in goal, making 18 saves in the game, with four “big ones” coming in the three overtimes.

“I felt like I was in the zone tonight,” Kacher said. “I just eliminated any and all distractions and focused on the ball.”

In a game that saw Wayland earn leads of 4-1 after the first quarter, 7-5 at the half, and 10-8 after three quarters, the come-from-behind win demonstrated the impressive resiliency of the Patriots.

“Our guys just kept battling all game and I am really proud of them,” Dalicandro said. “It is just a shame that someone had to lose this game. Wayland is a great team and they have a lot to be proud of.”

The Warriors conclude their season with a 17-3 record and a DCL Large championship. Wayland completed one of their best seasons in program history, winning eight games in-a-row before Wednesday’s Sectional semifinal loss to C-C, and 16-of-17, after an opening game loss to Wellesley.

Wayland will graduate a special senior class of 20 student-athletes, but the future remains bright for the Warriors, as they return junior standout Michael Lampert and ten others including late-game hero Aiden Chitkara, FOGO Jake Tyska and Paugh in goal.

C-C received exceptional performances from defenseman Henry Nelson, who did a fantastic job on the explosive Lampert, LSM/Faceoff middie Welles Hatch, who has been a steadying rock at the X and in transition for C-C, and middies Derek Stout and Noah Alter, who were both crucial in the offensive attack. Alexi Hunt, Matt Moreau, and Brad Labadini also factored into the C-C offensive output, with multiple points in the game.

“We are just having a lot of fun right now, whether it is in practice or in game situations,” Kacher added. “Everyone is stepping up right now and every time we take the field we are ready to go.”

C-C (16-5) will face No. 2 Westwood on Saturday in the D2 C/E sectional championship at Medfield High School, at 2 p.m. Westwood defeated No. 3 Walpole 7-6 in 2OT on Wednesday.

 

Box Score (3OT)

Concord-Carlisle – 1   4   3   3   0   0   1   – 11

Wayland –   4   3   3   0   0   0   0   – 10

 

Concord-Carlisle

Robert Doherty – 4 Goals, 1 Assist

Derek Stout – 1 Goal, 2 Assists

Noah Alter – 2 Goals

Matt Moreau – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Alexi Hunt – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Brad Labadini – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Welles Hatch – 1 Goal

Ben Kacher – 18 Saves

 

Wayland

Ben Travis – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Conor Keating – 1 Goal

Robert Kashian – 1 Goal

Aiden Chitkara – 1 Goal

Timmy Goodfellow – 1 Goal

Jake Tyska – 1 Goal

Kyle Camphausen – 1 Goal

Joey Lydon – 1 Goal

Chris Balicki – 1 Goal

Wayland Team – 1 Goal

John Paugh – 8 Saves

 

Faceoff X – Wayland 14, Concord-Carlisle 11

 

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