Mass High School Lax Recap: Concord-Carlisle Remains Perfect, Defeats King Phillip, 13-2

By Hayden Bird 

CONCORD, MA – Concord Carlisle’s boy’s lacrosse team breezed through a 13-2 win against King Phillip on Thursday afternoon, furthering their still-perfect record.

CC (14-0) is the only undefeated team left in Massachusetts, but the pressure doesn’t seem to be showing.

“It’s there,” said Concord’s coach Tom Dalicandro about the perfect record. “It’s not like we don’t know, but we don’t talk about.”

The business-as-usual method in dealing with their unique position paid dividends against their regional high school opponents.

The Patriots preserved their perfect record on Thursday, as they defeated the Warriors of King Phillip. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

King Phillip (7-9) has been undeniably improved in the second half of their season (7-2 in their last nine before today) as opposed to the first part of the campaign, when the team started the year 0-6.

Yet from the opening faceoff, it was clear that King Phillip were overmatched.

Concord-Carlisle’s faceoff specialist, Will Blumenberg, who practically won all the face-offs, scored the first goal of the game after several minutes of deadlock, which provided the Patriots with all the momentum.

Two more quick goals came in two minutes, with Peter Anastos and Tim Badgley only too happy to oblige opening in King Phillip’s defense.

Finally, after regaining the imitative, the visitors got off the mark through a goal from Brett McElroy, making it momentarily, 3-1.

The second quarter saw a tightening of CC’s man marking scheme, spurred on by some adamant words from coach Dalicandro.

“I think defensively and goaltending, we’re pretty good,” he noted afterward.

And the increasingly suffocating defense allowed Concord to monopolize possession of the ball. So when CC’s offense got back in gear and notched two more goals, it was no surprise.

“Offensively, I think we improved today and we’re getting better,” Dalicandro said of his team.

The halftime score was 6-1, and things did not improve for a backpedaling King Phillip’s squad following the interval.

An endless stream of faceoff wins and a lack of penalties, (Concord committed only one, in the fourth quarter) helped kill off the game for the home team, who remain in pursuit of perfection.

The defense picked up where they had confidently left off in the first half, and by the time of King Phillip’s second goal of the game, Concord-Carlisle had chalked up seven more (bringing the final score to 13-2).

“We’re trying to get to 10 goals a game,” said Dalicandro. “That’s the key. And we did that today.”

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