FALMOUTH — The Falmouth boys’ lacrosse team responded to its first loss of the season in outstanding fashion.
Four days after falling 12-8 to unbeaten Cape Elizabeth, the Yachtsmen scored the first 10 goals of the game and held off a second-half rally by Scarborough to cruise to a 15-11 win Saturday.
“We came out flat versus Cape, and we had to come out firing today,” said IV Stucker, a senior middie who helped fuel the Yachtsmen with four goals and four assists. “We were lucky to keep it going during the first half. Kind of slowed down in the second half. All in all, it was a pretty good game.”
The Yachtsmen (6-1) built a 10-0 lead in the first 17 minutes.
“We came out great,” Falmouth Coach Mike LeBel said.
“The first half was awesome. Perfect almost. We just had some mental lapses in the second half and let them get back into it.”
The Red Storm (5-3) fought back but never got closer than four goals, and that was with less than 10 seconds remaining.
“When (Scarborough was down, they knew what to do and they exploited our weaknesses,” LeBel said. “They got the right matchups and went to the cage.”
“(Scarborough) started to clamp down a lot,” Stucker said. “They have a great defense and they have a great goalie (Jordan Flannery). Credit to them, they started to stop us and beat us the second half. If it weren’t for our good start, it would be a different game.”
“I’m really proud of my guys the way they came back,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said. “They fought hard. They continued to make plays and treat the game as it should be, one play at a time.”
Bryce Kuhn led the Yachtsmen with five goals and added an assist. C.J. Leighton had two goals and an assist, Joe Dancoes also scored twice, Brad Gilbert contributed a goal and an assist. and Kohl Vallee scored the other goal. Brandon Boehm had an assist.
Chris Neelon paced the Red Storm with three goals. Austin Doody finished with two goals and an assist, Chris Cyr and Andrew Farrington also scored two goals, and Cam Loiselle and Nathan Howard each had a goal and an assist.
It was the third consecutive loss for Scarborough. The Red Storm, four-time defending Class A state champions, started the season by winning their first five games before losing to Cape Elizabeth and Cheverus.
“We’ve had a real tough stretch here,” Hezlep said. “Cape, Cheverus and Falmouth are terrific teams. We’ve done good things and we’ve found the things we’re not doing well, so it’s going to give us something to work on.”
Falmouth took an 11-3 lead into the second half, but LeBel wasn’t surprised to see the Red Storm regroup and rally.
“It wasn’t necessarily anything poor that we did,” he said. “Scarborough just began to play better in the second half.”