FALMOUTH — There’s nothing like a battle to the buzzer to set the stage for the postseason.

Talley Perkins scored five goals and added an assist as Cape Elizabeth held off a ferocious late charge by Falmouth to escape with a 15-14 victory in a Western Maine Conference girls’ lacrosse game Tuesday.

“I don’t know what you can expect more from a game like that,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Jeff Perkins. “A one-goal game down to the last couple of seconds, it does not get any better than that.

“Falmouth did exactly what we thought they would do. We talked about the fact that they start slow sometimes and come back strong and that’s exactly what they did. We were hanging on for dear life.”

The win allowed Cape to complete the season undefeated (12-0). Falmouth finished 10-2.

The Capers looked to have things under control with 11 minutes left in regulation after Perkins’ fifth goal gave Cape Elizabeth a 15-9 lead.

Moments later she was helped off the field with an ankle injury and the Yachtsmen seized control.

Megan Fortier, who scored four of her five goals in the second half, kick-started the late rally with 5:34 left to make it 15-10.

The goal was followed by three more in 43 seconds, making it 15-13. Angela Mallis connected with 1:49 left t and Fortier nearly tied it when she hit the post with 90 seconds left.

“Today I thought we had a really hard time keeping possession of the ball,” said Falmouth Coach Robin Haley.

“But I continue to be encouraged because the girls fought right to the end. We didn’t give up and they were trying to make things happen for us. We had a couple of scoring opportunities and we just weren’t able to finish it off.”

After icing her ankle, Perkins returned for the final minute and had a chance to give her side some breathing space but was stopped by Falmouth goalie Moie Aaskov.

Falmouth authored a similar rally in the opening half.

After allowing Cape to jump to a 5-1 lead eight minutes into the game the Yachtsmen called a timeout.

They returned with a 6-3 run to get back into the game, trailing 8-7.

Three goals in the final 1:13 before the break, including an Abby McInerney goal at the buzzer, gave Cape Elizabeth an 11-7 lead at the half.

“I think this was really important that we had this as our last game and that we did what we did,” said Lauren Steidl, who collected three goals and two assists for the Capers.

“This will stick in our heads a little bit. We’ll remember what we did right and what we need to work on for these upcoming games.”

Bella Robinson, Janessa White and Liz Robinson added two goals each for Cape.

Alex Bernier scored three for Falmouth. Mallis and Geneva netted two each. Vanessa Audet and Molly Ryan had the others.