Just a few days before the start of the MIAA state tournament the Mashpee High School boys’ lacrosse team found out that it was going to face a unique obstacle in its first round game on the road at Stoneham, which was played last Thursday night, June 9. All-star goalie Kayden Eaton informed Coach Scott Zinser that he would be out of the state on the day of the game.
Scrambling to fill the void, something that Zinser did not think he would have to worry about until next season, Mark Valois was called upon to take the job for the game against Stoneham. No one else had had to play in the crease for the Falcons since 2018, when Eaton was an eighth grader.
Despite a great effort from Valois, things did not go well for Mashpee. The Falcons fell behind early and could not dig out of the hole as they were eliminated from the tournament, 17-10.
The seniors that were on hand gave their all for the Falcons. Jack Howard had four goals and five assists in his final game, while Owen Balfour scored four goals and Jack Stone had a goal and an assist. Ian Cook scored one. Defensively, Hunter Bohnenberger, Jesse Hickey and Vinny Pinnetti played well.