Yachtsmen strike back
FALMOUTH It didn´t take long for Falmouth to find an outlet for the frustration from its season-opening loss.
Just two days after suffering a disappointing loss to Cape Elizabeth, the Yachtsmen bounced back with a vengeance, racing out to an 8-0 first-quarter lead on their way to a 15-7 victory over Greely in a boys´ lacrosse game played in mostly rainy conditions.
The Yachtsmen (1-1) scored eight goals in a span of 6:18 in the opening quarter.
The tandem of Mitch Tapley and Charlie Fay were nearly unstoppable in the early onslaught. They had a hand in seven of the eight first-quarter goals.
"We were pretty upset about the game we had against Cape Elizabeth (an 8-6 loss on Saturday)," said Tapley, who registered three goals and three assists in the opening quarter.
"We really wanted to come out and make a statement. We changed our game up a little bit and picked up the intensity. We ran our systems and we just had an edge to our game today, and we were not going to lose."
Tapley finished with five goals and three assists, while Fay accounted for three goals and three assists. Both spent the majority of the second half watching from the sidelines.
"It was a pretty good performance from Charlie and Mitch," said Falmouth Coach Mike LeBel. "We were able to score some in transition and push the ball. We got some looks before Greely was able to settle on their defense, and that was good."
There was no denying the Yachtsmen in the opening half. They dominated time of possession and built an 11-0 lead before finally surrendering a goal with just over two minutes left in the half.
Falmouth led 12-1 at the break.
The dominating start didn´t come as a surprise to Greely Coach Mike Storey.
"We obviously ran into a team coming off a loss to Cape and they were not happy," Storey said. "I think it was a good lesson for our guys, and a good gauge on where we are and where we´re going to be.
"The first half got way out of hand and our players had a choice. They could roll over or they could step up and come out and play in the second half. I´m really pleased with how they responded, because it´s not always easy to get up after something like that."
Despite trailing by 11, Greely looked much more composed and confident in the second half. Playing against many of Falmouth´s second-line players, the Rangers outscored the Yachtsmen 6-3 to make the final score respectable.
Jack Cooleen added a pair of goals for the Yachtsmen. Abyn Reabe-Gerwig, Gino Masciangelo, Hunter LaFond, Will Sipperly and TJ Gilbert also scored.
Brendan Trelegan paced the Rangers with four goals. Fred Bower, Paul Witte and Brooks Belisle had the others.