HARWICH – The second year of Monomoy's girls varsity lacrosse program looks to be their winningest yet, especially after two big victories against Cape Cod Academy and Dennis-Yarmouth, the latter of which boosted the team to a 5-4 overall record.
When the Sharks hosted the Seahawks on April 26, the home team dominated and because of that seized the opportunity to get as many players onto the pitch as possible. That gave head coach Jenn Peterson the chance to see non-starters in action and come to know who she might want to put into play more often.
“I learned a lot about some of our younger players,” said Peterson. “It's always good to see who steps up when they're put in that situation. Some of the eighth and ninth graders that we brought up and got more playing time showed that they could get more playing time.”
Overall, senior Emma Mawn led the way for Monomoy with five goals in the 18-2 victory, also a Cape and Islands League win. Also turning out strong performances for the Sharks were Jess Currie with four goals, Maura Blute with three goals and an assist, Lily Daniels-Diehl with two, and Alyssa Lyons, Leah Nash, Aleidy Rodriguez, and Kelsey Olson each with one goal.
In net, Maddy Flaherty made nine saves, the majority of which came in the first half.
Monomoy took control of the game early and when it was clear the Sharks had the upper hand midway through the first half, Peterson began subbing out her starters. That gave players like Rodriguez, Daniels-Diehl, Kate Gabri, Reese Hart, and Sara Babb the chance to shine.
“And then the people you expect to show up, Emma, Jess, and Maddy, show up,” Peterson said. “I thought Maddy Flaherty in goal was fantastic in the first half. She didn't get a lot in the second, but made a lot of great saves in the first.”
Peterson said she's pleased with the second-year team's current winning record.
“I think we're going to start winning more than we're losing,” she said. “Our goal this year into the next is can we make the tournament. Where can we go with this. I think those are reasonable goals.”
The team continued its winning ways on April 30 with a commanding 16-8 victory against the Dolphins in which Mawn netted a game-high six goals. Alyssa Lyons added three more for the Sharks, with Maggie Dever netting two and single goals scored by Rodriguez, Maddie Rush, Nash, Abby Wallace, and Maura Blute.
Next up for the Sharks is a Cape and Islands League home game today (March 3) against Sturgis East. At press time May 1 the team was set to host the SJP2 Lions, also a league match.