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Mashpee High School midfielder Jack Howard tries to keep his balance after firing a shot on goal during Tuesday’s game.

A chance to advance in the South Shore League postseason tournament came to an upsetting end as the Mashpee High School boys’ lacrosse team surrendered a 19-16 decision to visiting East Bridgewater in the first round of the tourney on Tuesday, June 8, at the MHS Field. The Falcons found themselves down five goals late in the fourth quarter and fought back to within just one with four minutes to play, but ran out of gas in the end.

Mashpee trailed 17-12 midway through the fourth quarter before finding their game and beginning to surge right back into it. A flurry of four goals in just under four minutes changed the game’s complexion completely.

After EB scored to lead by five, Mashpee got things going on a goal from Caesar Hendricks with 6:40 left in the period. Hendricks then snapped in a man-up goal with 5:23 to play in the game. Goals from Howard, with 5:08 and 4:59 to play, had the Falcons believing that they were going to rally all the way back.

The home team had two great chances to tie it, too. Gabe Perreira had a point-blank bid stopped by the EB keeper with a kick save to deny a try for the far post. Mashpee then created a takeaway that led to a Howard shot that was sticked aside to keep EB ahead.

The Vikings countered with two goals in a minute to reclaim their three-goal lead. In the last two minutes the visitors did a tremendous job of playing keep-away from the Falcons and were able to eat away at most of the time left on the clock to hold on for the win.

Howard led the Falcons with nine goals in the contest. Hendricks netted six, and Perreira had two. In goal, Kayden Eaton stopped 17 shots.

Mashpee 17, Sturgis 6

An excellent season for the Mashpee High School boys’ lacrosse team continued on Monday, June 7, as the Falcons laid to waste an overmatched Sturgis East team. Mashpee took it to the Storm and routed the fellow Cape club by a resounding 17-6 score.

The game was all but over by halftime as Mashpee outscored the Storm 12-4 before intermission. The offense was led by Jack Howard as he continued his standout season for the Falcons. The midfielder factored in more than half of his team’s goals in the game, scoring six goals and assisting on three others. Senior Caesar Hendricks continued his strong final year in the Falcons’ blue and white with a seven-goal outburst against the Storm.

Gabe Perreira had two goals an assist for MHS. More importantly, Perreira was dominant on faceoffs, winning 15 of the 16 he took in the game. Adding to the offense, 8th grader Dominic Matteodo had a goal and an assist. Jack Stone had one goal as well.

Between the pipes, Kayden Eaton had another outstanding game. The Falcons’ dependable netminder stopped 18 shots on goal in the game.

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