A fantastic start was not sustained over two halves by the Mashpee High School girls’ lacrosse players on Tuesday, May 7, and that inability to carry their strong play through the whole game proved costly. After scoring the first three goals of the game, Mashpee was unable to keep the momentum against Rockland and lost by a 13-8 score to the Bulldogs at Michael Horne Stadium.
Mashpee fell to 2-5 overall with their third consecutive defeat. The team is now 2-3 overall in the South Shore League and looks to improve on both of those standings today, May 10, when they visit Hull High School for a 4 PM start.
Rockland turned the tide by winning the battle for loose balls about midway through the first half and never relented. The Bulldogs were able to take the lead with about five minutes to go before the intermission and carried a 7-5 lead into the break. In the second half the visitors kept up their pace and never allowed MHS to get within striking distance.
Mashpee came roaring out of the gates, scoring three times early to take the lead. Sam Morry, who led the team with seven draw controls overall, scored a pair of goals. Ainsely Kiefer had three goals and Anna O’Neill netted two goals. Caroline Shields had the other goal for the Falcons.
“They won more draw controls and we didn’t protect the ball well enough,” coach Arlene Petrunich said. “We had lots of bad passes, dropped balls. We started well and ended well, but were very slopping in between. We had a lot of defensive fouls in the eight meters.”
Petrunich said her young squad is experiencing some growing pains.
“We are struggling with staying consistent for 50 minutes. We have so much potential, but are lacking consistency all over the field. And, we’re also very young, so that’s certainly a part of it,” she said.