SOUTH YARMOUTH ─ They say that attitude is everything, and in the case of the Monomoy girls lacrosse team, it is. It’s been a bit of a challenge making their way through their first season as a varsity squad, but even after a tough 18-6 loss to Sturgis West on Tuesday, the collective team attitude was one of determination.
Along with a number of successful faceoffs, Emma Mawn netted a hat trick in the travel outing, with Jessie Currie adding two and Maura Blute one.
In spite of the lopsided score, the Sharks put forth a solid performance, with players capitalizing on skills developed through soccer, ice hockey, and field hockey, which they parlayed into defensive pressure that was key in preventing several attempts at scoring by West.
Though the experienced Sturgis Navigators challenged the Sharks, they continued making adjustments throughout the game, which pleased head coach Jenn Peterson.
“Overall they did a good job, and I thought they made the adjustments we talked about at halftime,” Peterson said. “That’s a good sign when they can do that in the middle of a game. That’s an improvement.”
Peterson said most of the varsity players played a junior varsity schedule last year when the program was initially combined with Cape Tech, but this year Monomoy had enough interested players to field not only a varsity team, but also a JV team, which won its game against West prior to the varsity match.
The second half of the varsity game saw stepped-up play from Monomoy, and excellently executed goals from Currie, including one that appeared expertly flipped into the corner of the West net.
Last Friday the Sharks hosted Dennis-Yarmouth in heavy rainfall, playing to a soggy 13-8 loss in which Mawn netted six of the team’s goals, with Currie adding two in the outing.
But there have been moments of success in the season. The team has earned three victories, among them a pair of wins against Cape Cod Academy, the most recent coming on May 4 when the Sharks prevailed 20-12.
Mawn had five goals in the game and seven assists, with a slew of teammates also contributing. Currie netted two, as did Abby Wallace, Kaitlyn Lyons, and Alyssa Lyons.
Peterson said the ups and downs are to be expected with a newly minted varsity program.
“Being a new program, it’s inconsistent and up and down,” she said. “You think you’ve got one thing covered, and the next time you look there’s something new to look at.”
But that doesn’t mean the Sharks aren’t striving to improve.
“They’re an athletic group,” said Peterson. “I think sometimes that’s bad because it makes me forget that they’re young at lacrosse. This is only their first or second year playing lacrosse. And they’re young. We don’t have any seniors on the team. But they’re athletic and they have a ton of potential, so the future looks great.”
Peterson gave shoutouts to several players in the West game.
“Defensively I thought Maddie Rush had a great game, and eighth grader Leah Nash came off the bench and I thought she made a great contribution,” said Peterson. “And on the attack Emma Mawn had a ton of shots and three goals.”
The team hosts St. John Paul II High School May 11 with a start time of 4 p.m., and faces Sacred Heart on Monday on the turf beginning at 3:30 p.m.