HARWICH ─ The Monomoy boys lacrosse team showed immense progress last week in their final game of the 2017 season against D-Y. Though the team ultimately fell 4-3 in overtime to the visitors, it was a game the Sharks will look back on with pride.
Connor Santoni scored twice in the match, with Owen Smith adding one more as the Sharks and the Dolphins traded goals throughout regulation play.
D-Y struck first in the game, sending in its first goal at 8:12 of the opening frame, but the home team was quick to respond, with Santoni evening the score less than four minutes later. Owen Smith then gave Monomoy a slight lead when he sent one into the net, setting Shark fans cheering.
At halftime the team took time to recognize the team's three seniors, Nick Malone, Zach Donnelly, and Peter Lucarelli, each of whom has been part of the team since its earliest days. Then it was back to game play.
Though Monomoy's defense, thanks to stellar play from Riley Demanche and Kyle Charlot, worked to hold the Dolphins at bay, D-Y struck again with less than three minutes left in the third, putting the score at 2-2 heading into the final quarter.
While several Sharks had shots on goal, including Lucarelli and Elijah Beasley, it was Santoni who found the net for Monomoy, putting them ahead by one as the game's end neared. A late-game goal by the Dolphins sent the game into overtime, with D-Y scoring during the extra frame to earn victory.
Along with the goals, assists were had by Santoni, Rory Carpentery, and Lucarelli, with Shark goalie Kyle Gabri recording 13 saves in net.
The game marked significant progress for the first-year varsity team, which defeated Falmouth Academy and Sturgis West this season. The growth could be seen not only in the score – last time the Sharks faced the Dolphins, D-Y won 15-9 – but also in greatly stepped-up game play that saw Monomoy frustrate their opponents on numerous occasions, while remaining determined to stay competitive.
Team members are already looking forward to next year and a chance to put the Sharks on the map.