Things were going fine until halftime for the Falmouth Academy girls’ lacrosse team in the first round of the MIAA state tournament Tuesdayon June 4 in Braintree.
Eighth-seeded Archbishop Williams held the lead at the intermission, 8-3, but the Lady Mariners were in the game and competing well. In the second half the Bishops dropped the hammer and ran away with the contest.
Archbishop Williams surrendered just two more the rest of the way, winning the second half by a 7-2 margin. With a 15-5 victory the home team advanced on in the Division 2 state tournament, while FA had its season ended with a 13-7 record.
Ava Russell scored FA’s first goal of the game at 21:43 left in the first half off a free position shot to tie the game 1-1. Ainsley Ramsey scored FA’s second goal at 20:32 left in the first half to give the Mariners their only lead in the game, at 2-1.
The Bishops potted the next seven goals in a row before FA stopped the bleeding with just under a minute to play in the first half. Emma Keeler scored with 48 seconds to play in the period to make it 8-3.
In the second half, Keeler scored the first goal to bring the score to 8-4. That gave the Mariners reason for hope, but it didn’t last as the Bishops found the back of the net with the next seven goals in a row before Falmouth picked up its last one of the year in the final minute, a snipe by Maria Medeiros.
Defenders Piper Augat and Bailey Jordan played well for Coach Sarah Knowles’ team, which was not used to playing on turf and the extra heat it produces. “While a loss was not the way the girls wanted to end the season, I am very proud of their ability to continue to make it to the state tournament and play together as a team,” Knowles said.
It was the final game for seniors Emma Keeler, Grace Russell, and Sarah Kerr. Keeler, who scored two goals, was just two goals short of 100 career goals.