Falmouth coach Greg Gilbert wasn’t just impressed with his team’s performance against Marshfield. The visiting team’s sportsmanship overshadowed the 10-9 thrilling win.
“(Marshfield) is getting my vote for sportsmanship in the [Atlantic Coast League] this year,” Gilbert said. “I was real impressed with Marshfield’s class.”
Falmouth hasn’t beaten Marshfield since 2006, and Gilbert is in his 18th varsity season with the Clippers. Down 9-8 at home, Falmouth senior midfielder Devon Soares scored with 28 seconds left, giving the Clippers a lifeline.
After Gilbert called a timeout with 19 seconds left, his senior midfielder, David Hamill, was supposed to take it behind the net and swing a pass out in front of the goal.
“It’s never exactly like you draw it up,” Gilbert said. “It seemed like forever, but he got behind the goal and cut it back on his right hand.”
Hamill managed to find sophomore midfielder Cody Garcia, who struck with just one second remaining in regulation. Garcia had four goals and two assists. Falmouth qualified for the state tournament with its win.
The Clippers lost to Marshfield in double-overtime earlier this season at Marshfield. Even then, Gilbert said his opponents' sportsmanship was evident.
“This is what lacrosse is about,” said Gilbert. “It was a tribute to both schools. There’s a lot of mutual respect, and going through the line and shaking hands after the game, it’s a nice atmosphere.”
Falmouth didn’t dominate ground balls or faceoffs according to Gilbert, but that was irrelevant to him after the game.
“Teams with great sportsmanship aren’t always the great teams,” he said. “Marshfield is a great team, and (the sportsmanship) is a good reflection of their coach and program.”
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