Windham’s first team boys’ lacrosse played Falmouth at home on Monday, May 22 and while the game was not the outcome the Eagles wanted in an 11-1 loss, Windham battled it out until the final buzzer and prevented Falmouth from obtaining a shutout victory when Windham sophomore Jack Arsenault scored in the fourth quarter.
|Windham sophomore Jack Arsenault gets ready to fire a shot|
that goes between the goal posts during a boys' first team
lacrosse game against Falmouth on Monday, May 22.
PHOTO BY MATT PASCARELLA
Arsenault said that his goal was a result of taking shots in practice and his teammates making good passes and working on ground balls.
Windham took the field with intensity. Falmouth scored early; Windham gave 100 percent on the field. They stayed with and went hard after the ball and took several shots at goal. Falmouth scored a few more times in the half, but Windham kept the pressure on.
Windham freshman goalie Lucas Baratta recorded many great saves throughout the game.
Baratta said his mentality going into this game was to do his best. It’s a rough loss, but the best thing you can do is not take it too hard; Windham has more games coming up. Baratta said it was hard as Falmouth pulled ahead, but he didn’t let the score impede his effort at goal. He thought teamwork went well. Windham had some nice defensive looks; their clears were nice, and the offense moved the ball around well.
Falmouth scored early in the second half, but Windham kept their heads up. Windham fought hard and stuck with the ball. Windham defense almost grinded Falmouth offense to a halt in the third quarter when they let only one goal in.
“It’s not the outcome we wanted going into this, but as a team, we really buckled down when it counted,” said Windham sophomore Maxfield Genthner. “We played a lot of good defense; we had a lot of good looks on our clears and overall, I think we’re going to do a lot better next time.”
Roughly partway through the fourth quarter, Arsenault took a shot from the sideline that found the back of the net.
“One of the greatest things we’ve had this year is that no matter how down we are, we play the same,” said Windham boys’ first team lacrosse coach Seth Fournier. “We’re trying to teach the kids a little bit of discipline and trying to make sure they’re playing the whole game regardless of the outcome.”
One of the things Fournier said Windham needed to work on was their transition game – they lost the ball in the midfield a lot. They need to slow down and continue to build on some fundamental stuff as they progress to the end of the season.
Fournier said Windham was scrapping until the last five seconds of the game and that’s something he is proud of and appreciates about this group of kids.<