Falmouth High’s defense has been playing excellently all season long, and that trend continued yesterday afternoon at a soaking wet Fred Toran Field. Battling through the slippery mud, the boys’ lacrosse team gave a performance that was much more dominant than the final score might indicate as they defeated the Dolphins by a 5-2 score at home.
Five different players scored goals for Falmouth as they got two in the first quarter and one each in the other three. Cody Garcia, Sam Walker, Matt White, Matt Katon and Zack Cappellini all had goals for the Clippers, who improved to 7-4 overall on the season. The team needs just two more wins to qualify for the MIAA state tournament.
FHS never trailed in the game, although they did trade goals back and forth in the first quarter. Walker’s goal, from the left side, off a feed by Katon, gave FHS the lead permanently midway through the third. Katon scored in the third, and Cappellini got one in the fourth.
Will O’Connor was a standout on defense all game long, playing one of his best contests ever. Jacob Castiglioni and Ellis Densmore also added to the effort while goalie George Armstrong stopped nine of the 11 shots on him.
On Tuesday, things got a little close for comfort late in the game, but the FHS team found a way to hold on for a big 6-5 win over Nauset High School.
The shorthanded Clippers felt as if the game was in hand as they headed to the fourth quarter, leading by a 6-2 score with 12 minutes to play. Nauset wouldn’t go away, though, and the rapidly tiring Clippers had to find a way to get through to the end with the lead intact.
The biggest reason that they were able to hold on and win was the play of their freshman keeper, George Armstrong. The goalie made six huge saves in the fourth quarter, including a couple of clutch ones in the final minutes. Nauset pulled to within one with four minutes to play, but were stymied by Armstrong and the Jacob Castiglioni-led defensive corps.
Cody Garcia “exploded” in the game, according to his coach. Garcia netted four goals for Falmouth and played well all over the field. Griffin Morse had a goal and two assists and Alex Manos had one goal, the eventual game-winner that came late in the third quarter with Falmouth enjoying a man-up situation. Sam Walker also had two assists in the game for FHS.
Sam Bluestein, Alex Densmore and Mark Rocheleau were strong in expanded roles for FHS. “They all had to step up, and they played great. I couldn’t have asked for more from those guys,” coach Rory Morse said.