Despite being just a few miles apart, and in the same town, the Falmouth High and Falmouth Academy girls’ lacrosse teams had never met in a game that counted before. They’d scrimmaged a few times in recent years, but had never met with anything on the line.

If the first game between the two teams is any indication of what we’ve been missing then it is a shame it took so long.

The majority of the afternoon saw the two teams play within a goal of one another, and in the end the Clippers rallied to defeat the Mariners by a 12-11 score yesterday at Falmouth Academy.

Senior Quinn O’Rourke scored five goals to lead Falmouth High, but it was her one assist on the day that got the Clippers the winner. O’Rourke fed a cutting Lindsey Oliveira in front of the net for a snap shot that beat Sama Zaman with 4:40 left in the game to give FHS a one-goal advantage. The Clippers then won the ensuing draw and were able to kill the rest of the clock thanks to some huge ground ball wins by Cate Brodie and Dani Shea to deny the Mariners possession.

“I thought we did a good job in the first half, but their depth was superior to ours,” FA Head Coach Sarah Knowles said. “We held our own.”

FA did more than hold their own in the first half. The Mariners set the tone from the get-go and were able to play with a lead for the majority of the first half. Emma Keeler netted three of her five goals in the first half as the home team built a 6-3 lead.

From there the Clippers were able to reel the Mariners back in and had it tied by halftime, 7-7. O’Rourke had four of her five goals during the latter part of the first half and Colleen Caswell had one during that surge as well.

FA grabbed the lead back in the early stages of the second half, but FHS persisted. Goals from O’Rourke and Bosselman, just 15 seconds apart took the Clippers from one behind to one ahead, for the first time all day, at 10-9. FA drew even at 10 on a gaol by Keeler with 17:58 to play and then scored an 11-10 lead on a snipe from Sarah Kerr seconds later.

Falmouth answered by tying it up at 11-11 as Sarah Christa cut to the net and put in a feed from Bosselman just seconds later. That set the stage for Oliveira’s winner with 4:40 to play.

Falmouth is now 7-5 overall for the season. The Mariners fall to 11-5.

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