If the Mashpee boys’ lacrosse team had performed in the first half like they did in the second, they would have ended their season with a big win on Wednesday, May 21. Unfortunately, the first 24 minutes were mostly problematic for the Falcons as they fell behind Cape Cod Tech by a 10-2 score by intermission.
The final two 12-minute periods saw the Falcons take it to the Crusaders, as they made a run back into the game and put a scare into the visitors. Mashpee got as close as four goals early in the fourth quarter, but dropped a 13-8 decision to the Crusaders.
“We’ve been moving the ball well on offense, but in the second half we just really emphasized winning the loose balls,” coach Wayne MacDonald said. “We played much better in the second half. It was a good way to close it out.”
The Falcons, who had to play their final few games without top scorer Fred Bohnenberger (out with an injury), started to get things to click on the offensive end in the third quarter. MHS outscored its visitors, 4-1, in the third period. It could have been more had a couple of close ones not been turned aside by CCT keeper Connor O’Melia.
Tyler Fazzino, playing in his last game at MHS, began the comeback with an over-the-top bounce shot early in the third. Jack Moran then picked up his first of three in the second half with a great dodge-and-shoot move that matched the team’s first-half output in a little under four minutes. Another Moran goal, off a great setup from Emmet Sweeney, cut it to 10-5 with 6:34 left in the third. CCT answered with a transition goal, but Andrew Vinitsky bounced off a hit and went low for a man-up goal just before the end of the period to make it 11-6.
Early in the fourth the Mashpee got as close as it would for the night. Sweeney hit Vinitsky for a transition goal just 1:09 into the period to make it 11-7. The Falcons came close a few times to closing within three, but the Crusaders prevented it from happening and scored two big insurance goals midway through the period to finish things off.