Mashpee Field Hockey Blanks Sturgis East
By: Rich Maclone
There was no hiding the excitement felt on the sidelines on Tuesday afternoon in Mashpee by the field hockey team. The Falcons have not exactly been an offensive juggernaut over the last few seasons, but on Tuesday they showed that maybe things could be different this year.
With multiple goals in each half, Mashpee delivered a sound beating to visiting Sturgis East, 5-0.
Sturgis East arrived late and by game’s end were probably wishing that the bus hadn’t departed Hyannis at all as the Falcons dominated from start to finish. Mashpee’s midfield led a defensive charge that did not allow the ball to cross into their offensive end once during the first half, and in the second half the Storm’s opportunities could be counted on one hand without using all of your fingers.
Kelly Kallagher and Kayla Orlando paced the offense for Mashpee. Each girl scored a pair of goals in the game, one in each half, and the other goal for MHS came from Rashida Plummer.
Kallagher go it started just 90 seconds into the action, scoring on a nice shot from the right side that beat the keeper far to the left. Then, with 9:30 left in the first half, Orlando collected her first of the game with a hard shot that beat the goalie.
The second half began with the lone offensive threat by Sturgis East, but goalie Sean Mahoney was there to make the play. The lone male on the field for Mashpee, which is allowed by MIAA rules, made a beautiful kick save on a streaking player who came up the left side and tried to cross over for the far post. Mahoney used his leg pads to deflect the bid to the outside and keep Sturgis off the board.
With 16:32 left in the second half, Mashpee put it away with their third of the game. Kallagher’s second came on a bomb from the top of the circle that whistled past everyone and found the back of the cage with authority. Ten minutes later Plummer added a goal by tipping in a carom on the far side post after a shot by Ashley Ryan was stopped.
Capping off the scoring for Mashpee was Orlando, who added her second with 3:37 left in the contest. She put home a crossing pass to make it 5-0.
“It was exciting and it gives us something to build on,” Head Coach Heather Watson said. “Our offense did a nice job of playing aggressively.”
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