BRISTOL - It was a heartbreaking end to Saturdayâ€™s game against Lewis Mills for the St. Paul boys lacrosse team, as the Falcons fell 6-5.
â€śWe were up 5-2 halfway through the fourth quarter,â€ť St. Paul coach Chris Kennedy said. â€śWe were forced to play a man down for two minutes. As well as we did, they were able to put three in a row. Then, less than a minute later, we took another penalty and they scored again.â€ť
The Falcons were doomed by that first penalty but it was not without controversy. According to Kennedy, he was still waiting to see the play on film, as he did not agree with the call at the time.
On a positive note, Eric Passeck continued his torrid scoring pace to start the season, netting four of St. Paulâ€™s five goals. John Ivers added the fifth. Kennedy noted that the Falcons could have had more if Lewis Millsâ€™ goalie had not played so outstanding.
The loss drops the Falcons to 1-1 on the season after they picked up their first win in the first game of the season against neighbor Bristol Central. Following that win, Kennedy made sure his players did not get too confident and now, after this defeat, heâ€™s making sure they donâ€™t go too far the other way.
â€śI said in the huddle at the end, if they didnâ€™t have a little rough feeling in their stomach, maybe they were in the wrong huddle,â€ť Kennedy said. â€śBut, at the same time, our end goal for the season wasnâ€™t winning this game, so weâ€™re going to take it and get better. We certainly played well enough to win but Lewis Mills did a great job down the stretch and we didnâ€™t match. Itâ€™s something we can learn from going forward.â€ť
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