YARMOUTH — With 11:20 to play, Sloane Ginevan turned and shot, trying to cap a six-goal rally for the Falmouth girls’ lacrosse team.

The shot hit the post and the comeback stalled.

Tuesday night’s showdown between Falmouth, the two-time reigning Class A champion, and host Yarmouth, the perennial Class B title contender, went to the wire, as expected. The Clippers were able to hold on for a 12-10 victory.

Yarmouth (6-1) got four goals from Annie Lowenstein, three from freshman Aine Powers and two more from Katelyn D’Appolonia.

“Both teams came to play and we had a great all-around, back-and-forth game,” said Lowenstein. “We never felt completely comfortable.”

The first half was relatively calm as Eva Clement gave Falmouth the early lead. The Clippers answered with four goals in eight minutes as Lowenstein, Annie Bergeron, Powers and Natalie Teare scored.

Falmouth then got late goals from Ginevan and Clement, and Yarmouth led 4-3 at the half.

The Clippers then scored five goals in four minutes early in the second half and appeared poised to put the game away. Powers, Teare, Lowenstein, D’Appolonia and Lowenstein again scored to make it 9-3.

Then Falmouth started to rally.

A goal from Whitney Adams got things started and Clement added another. Out of a Yarmouth timeout, Adams added a goal and Clement scored twice in 20 seconds. In a matter of two minutes, a six-goal deficit was cut to one, 9-8.

“I knew if we could just get a spark, I thought we had a chance of coming back and getting back in it and that’s exactly what happened,” said Falmouth Coach Ashley Pullen. “We rode the momentum.”

Ginevan had a great chance to complete the comeback, but the shot hit the post. The Clippers quickly transitioned to offense and Lowenstein scored for momentary breathing room.

“It was our fast transition and we connected on passes,” said D’Appolonia. “We just had to have composure.”

With 9:36 left, Ginevan pulled Falmouth within one again, but Powers answered with a free position shot with 8:05 to go.

With 7:14 remaining, Falmouth made it a one-goal game one final time, when Ginevan scored. Two minutes later, Adams had a chance to tie it, but her shot was barely wide.

D’Appolonia then made it 12-10 with 4:18 left and Falmouth didn’t get another shot.

“It was a great game between two great teams,” said Yarmouth Coach Dorothy Holt. “It was a great team win. Falmouth’s a good team. They caught us on our heels a little bit, but we capitalized when we needed to.”

“I think even though this game goes in the loss column, we showed a lot of growth and improvement,” Pullen said. “The team that played in the second half is the best we’ve been all season. If we can hold on to that and improve from there, that’s pretty exciting to think about.”


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