Numbers Up For Falmouth Boys' Lacrosse
By: Rich Maclone, March 28, 2014
When talent and numbers converge, good things usually follow. Falmouth High School boys’ lacrosse coach Rory Morse believes that his Clippers may have a year where that happens.
The numbers are definitely up for the boys’ program. Close to 60 potential players came out for tryouts this year. Cut-down day was not easy for Morse, not just because no one likes to have to send players down, but because he had some legitimately difficult decisions to make as he put together his roster. “It’s a good problem to have,” Morse said. “There are some really good kids in this program, and we’ve got talent coming up. The young kids are pushing the older ones.”
The young players certainly will be heard from as time goes by, but this year’s FHS roster will be mostly senior-centric. The Clippers have experience all over the field and are hoping to find themselves near the top of the Atlantic Coast League standings when all is said and done.
Morse said that he expects Marshfield and Sandwich to be the class of the league, based on what they have coming back and what they’ve done in the past. MHS went undefeated in the league a year ago, and lost just one starter. Sandwich also has a lot of returning talent.
Although Morse believes the Rams and the Knights are the top dogs heading into the season, he doesn’t think the Clippers can’t overtake them. “There’s no reason we can’t finish at the top, but it goes through those two,” the coach said.
FHS has experienced players in every facet of the game. The defense could be their strongest asset, with a unit that will be led by University of Massachusetts Lowell bound Jacob Castiglioni. The talented longstick defender will draw the other team’s top player each game and try to make that guy’s life difficult for 48 minutes.
Other senior longstick defenders that will all see time on the field include Caleb Brown, Matt Leader, Isaiah Lineaweaver, and Will O’Connor. Brown brings strong footwork and physicality to the field. Leader is experienced and athletic, while Lineaweaver is physical and good with his stick. O’Connor, after a year away from the team, is playing like he never missed a beat.
Senior Tyler Kelly-Manning, who ran out of the midfield last year, will be a defensive midfielder this year. His speed and strength are his biggest assets. Kelly-Manning will also be a part of the face-off team.
Also expected to see time with the varsity on defense are sophomore Patrick Callahan and junior Seth Heywood. Both earned late season call-ups from the JV last year and will be fighting for time. Junior Curtis Brown, a strong all-around athlete, is also in the mix.
Falmouth’s midfield is another big time strength for the club, starting with senior Cody Garcia. A hip injury kept Garcia from reaching his full potential a year ago, and he still made the league’s all-star team and was among the top scorers on the club. He’s playing as if he never missed a beat and is hoping to finish his high school career with a flourish.
Another top scorer from last year’s team, and a leader on the field, is senior Robbie Souza. After a standout hockey season, Souza is expected to keep putting up big numbers. Arlin Moore, a junior, is a very skilled midfielder that is capable of big numbers as well for the Clippers. Zack Cappellini, a senior, saw a lot of playing time last year and is expected to pick up where he left off.
Junior Andy Franks was in the midfield last year, but will be used as a midfielder this season. Junior Andrew Parkinson also was in a defensive role last year, but will run in the midfield. Juniors Matt Katon, Sam Bluestein and Marc Rocheleau are all fighting for varsity playing time in the midfield as well. Sophomore Ellis Densmore sat out last year with an injury. He was on the varsity at Falmouth Academy as an 8th grader and is a solid defensive midfielder. Senior Ryan Rocci will be one of the Clippers’ top face-off men.
Up front on attack, Zack Barrett leads the charge. Barrett was third on the squad in total points last year and should be near the top this year again. Matt White, another senior, battled for playing time last year and finds himself in the starting lineup in 2014.
Junior Griffin Morse finds himself in a tough position as the head coach’s younger brother. Coach Morse said that Griffin is held to the highest standard and he’s impressed with how his younger sibling had dealt with that. “He’s a good ball distributor, he sets the other guys up really well,” the coach said. Griffin Morse saw less playing time than he would have liked a year ago, but maximized it and still put up some good numbers.
Hard-nosed Sam Walker will give FHS a grinder in front of the net. Walker plays with physicality and grit. Jared Tallino, a junior, has worked hard to earn a spot. Fellow junior CJ DeMello is another big, strong kid with a nice shot.
A trio of freshmen are battling to make the varsity roster, and all have very bright futures ahead of them. The young troika of Alex Manos, Jack Edgar and Nolan Enneguess all have varsity-level talent. Morse said that they’ll be brought along in a way that can “maximize their talent going forward.”
As the season readies to begin, there’s a battle for the goalie position between three players. Senior Mike Gage, junior Caleb Strom and freshman George Armstrong are all vying for the No. 1 keeper spot. Coach Morse said that as opening day approaches on March 31 against Barnstable that all three will have had a chance to state his case on the field. “Whoever is best will get the job,” the coach said.