The Mashpee High School girls’ lacrosse team did not allow a slow start to cost them a chance to advance in the South Shore League championship tournament. Mashpee trailed for most of the first quarter, but a surge in the final seconds of the period turned the game around for MHS, and they cruised from there.
Two goals inside of 20 seconds, just before the quarter horn, allowed MHS to tie the score at 3-3 at the end of one. From there the Falcons (8-3) outscored Middleboro 5-1 in the second and rolled, beating the Sachems 17-6 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they met Norwell on Thursday evening, June 10.
“I think they had jitters and they were down a little bit, and I called a timeout and said, ‘What are we doing out there? This is not our game.’ It all boiled down to ‘slow down, take a breath,’ and then we got back on track,” head coach Todd Franks said. “Once we slowed it down, then we started talking more, and once we started talking more things began to run like clockwork. Our transition was beautiful, we cleaned up every little thing from the first quarter.”
Sam Morry scored with 24 seconds to go in the first quarter, and then Ava Gonsalves fired one home to make it 3-3 just before the end of the period. Then, to open up the second quarter, Gonsalves scored off a feed from Morry to take the lead for good just under three minutes into the quarter. Just 19 seconds later, off the draw, Paris Hendricks put a deke on the keeper and cashed in her shot. Midway through the period Sam Morry, off a restart shot, made it five straight goals for Mashpee.
Middleboro did get one back three minutes later, but a strong finish to the period began to spell the end. Morry made a gorgeous feed over the top of the net, from behind it, to a cutting Gonsalves to make it 7-4 with 2:00 left in the half. Then, with 48 seconds to go before the horn, Morry waited on the goalie on a restart and used her patience to pick the right spot to deposit the ball in the goal for an 8-4 lead.
The advantage just grew after the half. Mashpee pushed the lead to 13-5 by the end of the third.
Morry’s five goals and four assists led the way for Mashpee High. Gonsalves had four goals and two assists. Callia Eaton scored two and had an assist, and Caroline Shields and Paris Hendricks each also had two goals. Catie O’Neill and Madeline Cook each had a single goal for MHS.
Mashpee’s defense was very strong throughout the game and did a good job of creating turnovers in the midfield. Morry led the team with six ground balls, and Shields and Eaton had three each. Goalie Julia Tenore made 9 saves overall, but came up with a couple of big ones in the second quarter that helped the Falcons to seize control and prevent Middleboro from changing the game’s momentum.