Looking every inch the varsity program they've been playing as this season, the Monomoy girls lacrosse team battled fiercely against Sacred Heart on Monday, falling 10-9 in an overtime heartbreaker that was perhaps the best game the Sharks have played so far.
As the last of the day's rain moved off the Cape, the Sharks gathered against the Saints for a well-played game that kicked off with Monomoy taking a 1-0 lead on a successful shot from Emma Mawn, who finished with two goals and two assists.
The game continued with both sides trading goals, with Sacred Heart eking ahead 2-1 until Maura Blute evened the score with a solid shot on goal at the 12-minute mark of the first half. Leah Nash then gave Monomoy back the lead with her goal at 3:16 in the frame, which finished in a blaze of excitement when Abby Wallace and Emma Mawn netted nearly back-to-back goals to give the Sharks a 5-3 lead at the break.
Sacred Heart responded with their fourth goal at the start of the second half, but Blute was quick with her reply, scoring her second of three at 22:45 in the frame to keep Monomoy ahead. Meanwhile, Mawn dominated the draws, snagging possession on six overall.
Jess Currie had Monomoy's next score at 13:25, with Wallace scoring her second goal of the game at 12:19.
As the clock ticked off the final moments of the game, Monomoy clung tightly to a one-point lead in hope of a victory, but a Sacred Heart score tied the game at 9-all with minutes left in regulation play.
Then came Holly Evans' shot on goal that looked to be the game-winner for the Sharks, but in spite of crossing the line, it wasn't deemed a score, putting the game into overtime. Though Monomoy continued its top-notch play, the Saints found an opening and claimed a 10-9 win.
“That was exciting,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “Those are why you play. We haven't had a close game. We've had 10-goal wins and 10-goal losses and everything in between, but nothing like that where it's back and forth and tied at the end.”
Peterson noted that the last time the two teams faced each other in April, Monomoy suffered a 15-5 loss. This game, she said, was a testament to how much her team has improved since then.
“I thought they handled it well,” she said. “They did everything right. It came down to just a few close calls. That was a moral victory in itself. The amount of improvement in the last few weeks has been great.”
Peterson praised the efforts of eighth-grade goalie Maddy Flaherty, who made 10 saves for the Sharks.
“Recently she decided she wanted to play goalie full time, and I said, 'That's the best news I've heard all year,'” Peterson said. “We put her in goal and she was very good for an eighth grader in a varsity net in a game like that.”
Peterson also gave kudos to Emma Mawn and Holly Evans.
“I thought Emma had a great game,” she said. “We moved her to taking the draws and it turned the game around when she started winning the draws. I thought she was very, very good today. I thought Holly had a great game. She was everywhere and had interceptions, ground balls, and had the goal that wasn't a goal. She made a big difference today.”
The team hosts Falmouth Academy today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. for its final home game of the season, with its last regular season game at Dennis-Yarmouth next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.