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WA Boys’ Lacrosse falls short to Central Catholic

Katie McDermott
WA huddles up next to the goal at halftime.

WA Boys’ Lacrosse was defeated by Central Catholic 10-9 at home on Saturday, March 30 after an aggressive performance from CC.

WA came out strong on the offensive end in the first quarter. Junior Jack Donovan and sophomore Peter Burns both had shots on net within the first three minutes into the game. In addition, WA’s defensive intensity contributed to their early success, with junior Ryan Campbell leading the charge in goal.

The momentum continued as junior Finn Mckeon got WA on the board five minutes into the game after a clean assist from Donovan.

CC countered WA’s aggressive offense by scoring just a minute after WA’s first goal. Both teams continued to be aggressive on the offensive side of the field. CC took many shots on goal, but Campbell made great saves. WA kept up their great passing and Mckeon took multiple shots on goal in an attempt to increase the score.

After a timeout with 3:44 left in the first quarter, WA kept it on their side and eventually, Donovan drove one in and increased the score to 2-1. With seven seconds remaining in the quarter, CC made a shot tying the game.

Freshman Chase Boynton and CJ Hammond came out strong in the second quarter holding CC’s aggression with strong defense.

The second quarter continued with a lot of back to back from both teams leading to a timeout with 9:52 left in the quarter.

Both teams picked it up again starting with junior Nick Burns increasing WA’s score, but CC was right behind him and tied it up again 3-3.

WA tried to hold CC with strong defense and junior Ben Burgess came out with a steal, but CC pulled through and scored with 5:34 left in the second quarter. After two timeouts towards the end of the first half, Donovan sinks it in to increase WA’s score. The first half came to a close with a score of 5-4 CC in the lead.

“I think we expect every game to be competitive anyway, but I think there were some first game jitters all around,” Donovan said.

The third quarter began with an offensive rush from CC, but WA held them with a strong defense.

Three minutes into the quarter, CC scored followed by an attempt from WA, but a strong save from the CC goalie prevented in adding a point to the Ghosts’ score.

McKeon gained possession after a pass from Burns and sinks it to increase their score.

They went back and forth with CC scoring right after McKeon, but Donovan stepped up to reciprocate and made it with five minutes left.

After a timeout WA continued to keep the ball moving towards the net and after a pass from Mckeon, Nick Burns scored to tie the game.

As the third quarter was coming to a close, CC sank one in to break the tied game. The quarter ended with a score of 8-7, WA trailing.

There was a quick timeout right off the bat in the fourth quarter leading to CC scoring three minutes in. WA tried to reciprocate with some passing at their end and Campbell stepped up with a great save.

After a timeout with seven minutes left in the game, CC scored to increase their lead to three. WA kept fighting as Burns scored with 3:52 left in the game making the score 8-10.

WA went out fighting with one more goal, but came just short of beating CC with the game closing out at 10-9.

“We had some silly turnovers in the middle of the field [so] I think we can definitely improve there,” head coach Scott Corcoran said. “But we have some younger guys playing and I think just game experience is very important for them and I think we will be better as the season goes on.”

The Ghosts’ next game will be on Thursday, April 11 away against Wayland.

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