A back-and-forth battle between the Falmouth Academy and Mashpee High School girls’ lacrosse teams resulted in a 13-13 draw on Monday afternoon at FA.
The Lady Mariners built an early lead but couldn’t hold on. FA took the lead back with 4:32 left on a goal by Lilly Patterson. Once again, though, the Lady Falcons came back and drew even with 2:58 left when Christina Ball netted her fifth goal of the game on a shot from in close to make it 13-all.
Mashpee, which suffered a 20-11 loss in its opener last Friday, is 0-1-1 overall. The Lady Mariners are 1-1-1, having lost to Providence Country Day, 10-9, last Friday.
Early in Monday’s game it looked like the Lady Mariners would have their way. Behind the scoring of Eliza Van Voorhis (3 goals), Jane Earley (2 goals) and Patterson (2 goals), the Lady M’s jumped out to a 9-5 lead midway through the first half. Mashpee roared back, pulling to within 9-7 at the break on goals by Ball (5 goals) and Jackie Lynch (3 goals).
In the second half Mashpee continued to roll, coming back to tie the score at 9-9 early in the frame when Ball and Lynch each connected again.
From that point the game was a back-and-forth affair. Mashpee went up 12-11 with about 15 minutes left thanks to a goal by Erica Caldwell (5 goals), who spun around the net and beat keeper Kenzie Rogers to the far post. Falmouth Academy answered, scoring three minutes later on a strike by Van Voorhis, then taking the lead when Patterson scored with 4:32 left.
Mashpee head coach Pat Ball called timeout after the Patterson goal to settle his troops down. That move worked as his daughter came through with the equalizer. Mashpee then had three quality chances late, but one went wide and Rogers stopped the other two.
Both teams return to action today. Mashpee will travel to play at Hull, while the Lady Mariners are home against Sturgis West. The squads hook up again, this time in Mashpee, on May 6 for a rematch.