Wayland was able to squeak out an important girls’ lacrosse victory over Concord-Carlisle Tuesday, defeating the Patriots, 14-13, to qualify for the postseason tournament.
With just less than 15 minutes to play and a one-goal lead, Wayland sophomore Amy Cunningham took control of the game, netting all four of her goals.
Cunningham’s offensive control, coupled with the stellar play of senior goaltender Rachel Massicotte (nine saves), allowed the Warriors to hold off the Patriots’ charge.
“I think a lot of [our defense] has to do with Rachel,’’ said Wayland coach Erica Kluge. “She’s very vocal, I think a lot of that comes from her kind of leading the pack, directing them.’’
The Warriors (9-2-1) controlled the draws, leading to quick transition goals.
Just as the momentum turned their way, the Patriots (10-2) took a two-minute penalty, giving Wayland the man-advantage. The Warriors scored in the odd-man situation, opening up a three-goal run to give them a 4-1 lead.
Concord-Carlisle fought from behind for the rest of the game. They got within three in the first half, but couldn’t control the Warriors’ transition offense and went into halftime down, 8-4.
Wayland was able to control the Patriots’ transition offense, forcing them to play in a more settled style, taking time off the clock.
The Patriots then went on a scoring spree to cut the lead to 14-12 with only minutes left.
Concord-Carlisle scored with 1:41 left to pull within a goal, but wasn’t able to win the ensuing draw, allowing Wayland to run down the clock.
Lincoln-Sudbury 18, Westford 10 - Senior midfielder Rachel Sexton exploded for a game-high six goals to power the Warriors (14-1).
Catholic Memorial 9, BC High 8 - Tyler Bogart notched three goals and one assist and Kevin Bletzer added two goals as the No. 15-ranked Knights edged the Eagles to win the Catholic Conference title.
Weston 11, Bedford 4 - The No. 12 Wildcats (10-3) used seven scorers, with Jordan Fong (three goals) leading the attack.
Melrose 9, Arlington 8 - Eric Mercer had the winning goal with just more than three minutes left, lifting the Red Raiders (7-6).
Concord-Carlisle 12, Wayland 3 - The No. 2 Patriots (11-0) got four goals apiece from Jackson Finnigan and Will Blumenberg.
Lynnfield 5, Georgetown 4 - Senior Carmine DiCesare hit a two-run, walkoff double for the Pioneers’ ninth win.
Randolph 12, Burke 2 - Jason Gonzalez went 3 for 4 and stole four bases for the victorious Blue Devils, bringing his career total to 93.
North Reading 6, Masconomet 4 - Eric Gordon went 3 for 3 with two RBIs as the No. 13 Hornets (10-2) won their 10th straight to qualify for the postseason. Ryan McAullife (4-1) went the distance, striking out nine.
Cohasset 20, Carver 5 - Jamie Faber smacked three home runs and knocked in seven RBIs and Cris Murphy had two triples and four RBIs in support of sophomore Terence Doonan’s first varsity win.
East Bridgewater 8, Abington 0 - Casey DeAndrade (3-1) pitched a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the Vikings (10-2).
Bishop Stang 12, Cardinal Spellman 5 - Zack Bernier was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a three-run homer in the sixth to power the Spartans (8-4).
O’Bryant 15, Dorchester 14 - In the bottom of the sixth inning, seventh-grade second basemen Naya Shedd, sophomore catcher Netta Harris, and junior first basemen Iryelis Lopez hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to power the host Tigers (6-3).
South Boston 24, Fenway 10 - Kelly Odai won her sixth game in a row for the Knights (7-1).
Abington 8, East Bridgewater 1 - The Green Wave (11-2) was powered by Kelly Norton’s 11 strikeouts and Liz Morgan’s three-run homer.
Matignon 13, Marian 12 - Kayla McKinnan went 5 for 5, lifting the Warriors.
Apponequet 4, Bourne 1 - No. 2 April Locke improved to 13-0 on the season winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, for the Lakers (10-3).
Newton North 90, Weymouth 46 - The Tigers (7-0) earned their 24th league title in 26 years and their 12th consecutive undefeated league title. Junior Carla Forbes and senior Kayla Wong set state marks for this season at 40 feet, 9 inches in the long jump and 14.4 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively.
Wakefield 97, Stoneham 39 - The Warriors (6-0) clinched the Middlesex (Small) title.
St. John’s Prep 3, BC High 1 - Junior Eric O’Connor recorded 12 blocks to lead the eighth-ranked Eagles (15-3).