Norwell Dominates Mashpee In Boys' Lax
By: RICH MACLONE, April 3, 2014
Norwell High School jumped out to an early lead and cruised past the Mashpee High School boys’ lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon. The Falcons drew one of the toughest teams that they’ll see all year long in the first game of the year, and the Clippers played as if they’d had an entire season under their belts already, scoring 15 times in the first half alone.
Mashpee was defeated in their first game of the year by a final of 17-1. The one goal that the Falcons were able to score did have a modicum of drama. Over the first 47-plus minutes of the game, Mashpee was unable to get one past the Norwell keeper. They were able to avoid the shutout, though.
With just 16 seconds left before the final buzzer, Mashpee’s Emmett Sweeney ended the Clippers’ hopes of a shutout with a shot from the top of the box. Sweeney let it rip from high in the zone and sniped the corner for his, and the team’s, first goal of the year.
Despite the final score, head coach Wayne MacDonald was pleased with the play of his freshman goaltender, Jacob Hurley. The netminder showed some flashes in the game, making 10 saves, and came out to challenge the Norwell shooters early in the game.
One of Mashpee’s biggest issues, though, was its inability to possess the ball. Norwell was dominant in the face-off circle and seemed to be constantly on the attack throughout the first half of the game. That left the defense back-pedaling and unable to establish the transition game at all.
“Our defense is still figuring it out,” MacDonald said. “It’s been tough. We only had three outdoor practices before our first game because of all of the weather. It’s tough for some of the new guys that haven’t played a lot of lacrosse to jump right into their first game with that little practice on a full-sized lacrosse field.”
MacDonald was quite happy with the play of junior Jack Moran in the game. Moran wore many hats for the club in the contest as he was shuffled throughout the lineup and gave an all-out effort. “He played every position except for goalie today,” MacDonald said. “He played well.”
Mashpee hosts Sturgis East in a scrimmage this afternoon at the Quashnet School.