For three quarters the Falmouth High School boys’ lacrosse team did not seem to get any of the bounces they needed, and Bishop Feehan got them all. The Shamrocks, who were looking for a little revenge after being knocked out of the state tournament by FHS a year ago in the quarterfinals, were one period away from knocking off the Clippers.
That’s not when Falmouth began to get bounces as much as they began to make big plays. Despite an 8-5 deficit entering the fourth quarter, and a 9-6 disadvantage with 6:33 remaining, Falmouth turned it on and rallied from behind to score a 10-9 road win in Attleboro.
Freshman Aaron Schlezinger scored the game-tying and game-winning goals for the Clippers late in the fourth quarter to cap an impressive rally by the maroon and white. Schlezinger fired one in on a simple move to the net from the hub with 3:03 left in regulation and then capped off the comeback with another, on a nearly identical play, with 36 seconds to play.
“It’s a big win. That showed a lot of heart,” Coach Rory Morse said after his team improved to 8-6 and showed the type of fortitude it will need going forward. The Clippers need one more win to qualify for the state tournament and could be a very tough draw for anyone in Division 2 south once the postseason begins based on their skill and experience.
Feehan got off to a fast start and scored the game’s first goal before Falmouth finally answered. FHS came back to tie it at 3-3. Feehan had the next two, but Falmouth was able to get them back to knot the score at 5-5 at the half.
Collin Almeida, who set up the winner by Schlezinger, had two goals in the first half, as did Nick Champani. Connor Shea also scored before the intermission.
In the third quarter Feehan pulled ahead, but never put FHS away. Despite not allowing the Clippers to score in the third, the Shamrocks led by just three after three.
Doug Walker’s first of two in the fourth quarter made it 8-6 early, but Feehan scored moments later to get the lead back to three.
Then FHS took over. Jaiden Gaudet put home a nice transition score to get the deficit back to two and then Walker cashed in a man-up goal off a feed from Almeida to make it a one-goal game.
Then Schlezinger did his thing. He tied it with 3:03 left and fired away the winner with 36 seconds to go. Feehan won the draw after the last goal and had a chance to tie it, but the Falmouth defense held tight in front of Jack Hamilton (7 saves).
Chad Lennox had his best game of the season on defense for the Clippers. The senior had six takeaways and was a nuisance towards the home team all game long.
FHS is on the road beginning tonight, May 17, for its last four games of the season. The Clippers travel to Catholic Memorial for a 4 PM game, and then host Dartmouth in a makeup contest tomorrow on Saturday, May 18, at 10 AM.