Falmouth Falls to Sandwich In Girls' Lacrosse

Sandwich's Caroline McKenna drives hard to the net as Falmouth's Rachel Gilbert (8) and Marianna Moore (45) attempt to hinder her progress during today's game at Falmouth High.
RICH MACLONE/ENTERPRISE - Sandwich's Caroline McKenna drives hard to the net as Falmouth's Rachel Gilbert (8) and Marianna Moore (45) attempt to hinder her progress during today's game at Falmouth High.

Sandwich’s Lea Adams was making up for missed time on Tuesday morning. The senior attacker for the Sandwich High girls’ lacrosse team injured her knee during soccer season and played despite her injury throughout the course of the basketball season as well. In early March she underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and missed the Lady Knights’ first six lacrosse games of the year.

Adams got on the field for the second time this year, and the first time in a full-time capacity, on Tuesday for the Lady Knights and made an immediate impact. She scored five goals and helped the high-flying SHS offense hang a 20-13 loss on its rivals from Falmouth High School.

Sandwich is now 6-2 overall on the year. The Clippers fell to 1-7 for the season.

“It feels awesome, it’s been hard for me to sit and watch them play,” said Adams, who scored three times in the first half and added two more in the second for the visitors.

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With Adams helping pace the offense, the Lady Knights took control of the game early on and opened up some breathing room that never really waned. Her first of the game, and the season, came just 4:40 into the contest and knotted the count at 2-2. A bit over three minutes later the Knights took the lead on a goal off the stick of Maggie Layo, who also put five goals behind the Falmouth goalie in the game. Another Adams snipe and then one by Caroline McKenna (four goals) gave the Lady Knights a 5-2 lead. McKenna’s strike started a run of three Sandwich goals over a span of just 83 seconds, with Annie White and then Adams following in quick succession.

Adams’s third of the first half made it a 7-2 game in Sandwich’s favor.

Falmouth finally stopped the bleeding, and a 12-plus minute scoreless drought, when Nicole Gonsalves drove hard off the left wing to fling one in. Sandwich answered with three straight, from Layo, Nicole Martin and Hailee Steele (three goals). Layo then picked up another, making it 11-3.

Gonsalves scored her second of the day after that, and Abbie Weaver scored with 1:53 left in the half for FHS to make it an 11-5 contest at the break.

Each team scored eight times in the second half, and the differential stayed pretty much the same the rest of the way as neither scored more than two in a row at any time. SHS struck first in the second half, on a goal by Layo, but Maddi Haberl (three goals) got that one back. McKenna and Adams responded with back-to-back goals to make it 14-7 with 18:44 left in the contest. Weaver’s second of the day got the deficit down to six for Falmouth, but then Steele took the draw and went right down the field to score.

Falmouth head coach Courtney Lima said she thought her team gave one of its better efforts of the season. “If you look back at last year, the last time we played them, they beat us by 20 goals. This was a lot closer. We did a good job, but they killed us on ground balls. We couldn’t get a ground ball to save our life.”

Haberl and Weaver both had three goals for FHS in the contest to lead the team. Gonsalves and Kyra Martino each scored two, while Olivia Beaton, Emma Helfrich and Amanda Lens had one apiece.

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