Slowing down the effectiveness of Hanover High School faceoff star Caleb Hammet was the focus of the Falmouth High boys’ lacrosse team’s game plan on Friday, June 8, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Division 2 south state tournament. Knowing that they had to halt Hammet and being able to were two different things, though.
Hammet showed exactly why the University of Massachusetts has already committed to the HHS junior as he dominated the X from start to finish for the Indians. With possession being so important in the game of lax, the scales tipped in favor of the top-seeded home team as it was able to defeat the Clippers (12-7) by a 14-6 score, eliminating Falmouth from the state tournament.
“The make-it-take-it (aspect he brought to the game). He won the opening faceoff and went down and scores, right there it’s like it’s going to be a long day,” coach Rory Morse said.
“We have some great athletes that we’re trying to mold into lacrosse players, and when they see someone like that, someone special, it gets to be hard to stop.”
Hammet helped lead Hanover to a dominant first quarter. Falmouth rarely possessed the ball, and the Indians were able to shoot out to a 4-0 lead. If not for the play of goaltender Jack Hamilton things may have really gotten out of hand early, but Hamilton gave a fantastic effort all day long and kept his team in it into the second half.
Signs of life for the Clippers appeared in the second quarter. Slowing the pace down, Falmouth was able to maintain for most of the quarter and finally got one on the board midway through the period when Collin Almeida scored on a rip from high in the zone to make it 4-1.
With some momentum, the Clippers looked like they may be able to work their way back into the contest. A late flurry by the Indians to close the second half, though, pushed their lead to five goals and from there the game began to get away in the second half.
“We were winning that quarter, 1-0, until that point and then they end up winning the quarter and we wanted to win the quarter because if you can win a quarter then things start rolling for you,” Morse said. “It was a sloppy game for us. No excuses, they’re a really good team and they don’t make a lot of mistakes and that’s why they’re the number one seed.”
Almeida led the scoring with three goals and an assist. Aaron Schlezinger had two goals and Doug Walker had the other one for FHS.
The game was the final one for Falmouth’s senior class. The Clippers boasted several last-year players, including: Collin Almeida, Jake Rosado, Robbie Curtis, Chad Lennox, Mike Commesso, Duke Melton and Connor Shea.
“These guys have had unbelievable success with us the last four years. They won three league titles, they played in the south final twice, this is a special group. We’ll be sad to see them go.”