Cape Tech Battles Mashpee in Lax Nailbiter; Falmouth Girls Spoil Falcons’ Hopes

MASHPEE – In one of the hardest-fought boys’ lacrosse battles of the season, Cape Cod Tech’s Dan Puopolo snapped a 10-10 deadlock with almost no time left on the game clock for an 11-10 victory over the host Mashpee High Falcons (4-16) in both teams’ final game. (See below for photo slide show of both Mashpee games)

Mashpee senior Jack Moran (22) scored three goals and had two assists and Cape Tech's Dave Carty (2) had a goal and assist in the 11-10 lacrosse barnburner won by the Crusaders to end the two teams' season Thursday afternoon. Sean Walsh/ Sports

Mashpee senior Jack Moran (22) scored three goals and had two assists and Cape Tech’s Dave Carty (2) had a goal and assist in the 11-10 lacrosse barnburner won by the Crusaders to end the two teams’ season Thursday afternoon.
Sean Walsh/ Sports

Puopolo finished with four goals (three in the fourth quarter) and three assists to lead the way for the Crusaders.

It was a victory, however, that almost didn’t happen as Mashpee’s Fred Bohnenberger uncorked a missile in front of the Cape Tech goal and into the back of the net just as the horn sounded for the end of the game. Had the shot been taken just a split-second before the horn sounded, the game would have gone to overtime on Bohnenberger’s shot.

Mashpee’s Emmitt Sweeney paced the Falcons’ offense with four goals and three assists, senior Jack Moran had a hat trick and two assists, attacker Ben Bohnenberger marked two tallies and Andrew Vinitsky had one.

Cape Tech’s Owen McCoubrey netted three goals and tacked on two assists, Jake Dipilato scored two and Dave Carty and Mike Looney each had one.

Both teams were deadlocked in the first quarter at 4-4, but Cape Tech took a 6-5 advantage into halftime on goals by McCoubrey and Dipilato.

In the third frame, Mashpee revealed its depth with a four-goal onslaught, countered with only one marker by the visitors for a 9-7 lead.

But the fourth quarter clearly belonged to the Crusaders as Puopolo scored three of his four goals and Dipilato added one.

Cape Tech’s Luke Mackie was brilliant in net with 13 saves. The Crusaders ended their season with a 4-11 record.

Falmouth's Savannah Jensen (7) speeds past Mashpee's Zada Green in yesterday's 9-7 season finale for both squads. Sean Walsh/ Sports

Falmouth’s Savannah Jensen (7) speeds past Mashpee’s Zada Green in yesterday’s 9-7 season finale for both squads.
Sean Walsh/ Sports

Falmouth Lacrosse Girls Spoil Mashpee’s Postseason Hopes

The host Mashpee High girls’ lacrosse team (10-11-1) needed just one more victory to qualify for the postseason in the Falcons’ last regular season game Thursday afternoon, but the visiting Falmouth Clippers (5-13) simply would not allow it and played the role of spoiler with a 9-7 victory.

Mashpee turned in a superlative second half effort, outscoring Falmouth, 6-3, and cut the deficit to just one as time waned in the second frame, but the Clippers held on and tacked on one insurance goal by Rachel Gilbert to end Mashpee’s season.

Olivia Beaton scored three for the Clipper girls – all in the first half – as Falmouth built a 6-1 first half lead. Erica Caldwell, Tara Palermo and Zana Green – who was a virtual dynamo in the second half – each scored two goals for the Falcons in the losing effort. Both Palermo and Green’s goals came in the second half. Christina Ball, Brooke Bridges and Tara Palermo each scored single markers for the Falcons.

Six different Clipper girls scored individual goals, including senior attackers Madeline O’Neil and Ashley Lima, sophomore midfielder Savannah Jensen, Gilbert, junior midfielder Kelsey Azzato and sophomore Kate Hamilton.

The goals scored by Lima, Hamilton and Gilbert in the fourth quarter ultimately proved to be difference in the 9-7 finale. It was also the last game of the season for the Clipper girls.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for His email is [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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