EASTHAM ─ As the fog crept across the turf at Nauset High School on Monday, the Monomoy field hockey team kept its fire fueled en route to a solid 3-1 defeat of the Warriors.
Emma Mawn set the tone for the outing when she netted Monomoy's first goal of the game just seconds into regulation play, putting the score at 1-0 Sharks at the 29:25 mark. Mawn then helped lift Monomoy to a 2-0 edge midway through the first half when she found Aoife Daly open in front of the net and ready to score.
Nauset's Isabelle Travers put the Warriors on the scoreboard at 16:17 in the second half, narrowing Monomoy's lead to one goal, but the Sharks remained determined, battling for ball control, often in front of the Nauset net, until Holly Evans found an opening with less than five minutes left in game play, scoring the game winner at 3:23.
Proving a true asset to her team throughout the game was Shark goalie Caitlin Bouvier, who turned away 12 shots in net. Bouvier received stellar defensive help from Nicole Awalt, Livia Graham, and Caroline DiGiovanni, while Mawn, Daly, and Alison Barrett were dominating forces up front.
Nauset's first-year goalie Sarah Foley was also stellar in net for the Warriors, which also saw strong play from Leah Bates, Jill Small, Emily Frazier, and Melissa Ednie.
“It was a great match today. Both teams really played hard,” said Nauset head coach Katie Ilkovich, who also gave a shoutout to Kay McNamara. “The highlight of the game was their will not to give up. They really played with heart today.”
Monomoy head coach Ron Bonollo dubbed the win a whole team effort.
“Today was a really important game for us, even though it's a non-league game,” said Bonollo. “We needed this game and the girls came up big.”
Bonnollo said it was a pretty even match and was pleased that Monomoy emerged the victor. He had high praise for several team members following the game.
“Holly Evans really played a strong game,” he said. “She was all over the field and made the most of her scoring chances. Aoife Daly was really strong, and Caroline DiGiovanni on defense. Emma Mawn was also all over the field.”
The Sharks were scheduled to face Notre Dame Hingham last Friday, but continued bad weather from Tropical Storm José resulted in the game's cancellation. Next up for the team is a trip to Nantucket this afternoon (Sept. 28) for a 4 p.m. game, with their next home game set for Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. against Sturgis East.