The new Cape and Islands League has changed the landscape for all sports at Falmouth High School, but there may not be a team that saw its league increase in competitiveness as much as the field hockey squad.
Having already belonged to a good field hockey league before, several of the teams that Falmouth now calls league rivals are quality programs, and the Clippers played two this week.
On Monday it was an old Atlantic Coast League foe that hosted the Clippers in Dennis-Yarmouth High School. D-Y scored the game’s lone goal midway through the second half to hold off FHS by a 1-0 score.
“D-Y moved the ball very fast. I just think that D-Y was in our heads before we got off the bus. We had a slow start and we didn’t pick it up until it was too late,” Coach Courtney Lima said.
Falmouth did not have any of those troubles starting out against their new league rivals, and oldest traditional foe, Barnstable at home on Wednesday, September 18. FHS made a goal in the first half stand up and scored a 1-0 victory to improve to 2-1-1 overall on the young season.
Freshman Katie Shanahan had the lone goal of the game. Shanahan batted in a pass from Lindsey Oliveira to break the ice 13 minutes into the contest.
“We dominated the first half. We really executed on a majority of our possessions and played well,” Lima said. “In the second half they came out fired up and we didn’t match it. They out-played us at times, but we were able to hold on.”
Coach Lima said her defense did a stellar job of holding off the Raiders. Cate Brodie and Caroline Freeman were lauded for playing excellently throughout the game. Goalie Kyle Waggett stopped all five shots on goal that she faced in the game to secure the shutout. “She plays so poised for only a sophomore,” Lima said.
Falmouth is on the road for its next two games. The Clippers head to Martha’s Vineyard for a game Friday, September 20,and to Sandwich for a showdown on Monday, September 23.