HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity lacrosse team put everything they had into their first-ever post-season game Tuesday, playing with passion, but in spite of a solid effort the Sharks fell to the Nantucket Whalers 14-8 in the first round of the MIAA Div. 2 South tournament.
Abby Wallace had a hat trick in the outing, while Jess Currie, Alyssa Lyons, Leah Nash, Kelsey Olson, and Emma Mawn each had single goals.
The Sharks had a strong first half, taking an early lead on shots from Lyons, Wallace, and Olson, with Nash netting the final goal in the frame at 2:25. Unfortunately for Monomoy, the Whalers refused to go down without a fight, battling back to tie the score at 3-3 before taking a 6-5 lead at the break.
It was a lead the Whalers wouldn't relinquish regardless of Monomoy's defensive efforts, with Nantucket controlling much of the scoring in the game's second half in spite of the Sharks faring well on a number of faceoffs.
Netting goals in the second half were Currie, Wallace and Mawn, with a dedicated gathering of fans cheering the team on enthusiastically from the stands.
Head coach Jenn Peterson said she was proud of her team's efforts in the game and throughout their second season as a varsity program.
“I thought we played well,” Peterson said. “I think we probably had just as many draw controls (faceoffs), and I feel like we were in the same amount of shots, so the difference in the score I don't think was as much as the scoreboard showed. I felt like we were right in it.”
Peterson said what worked against the team was going a man down on a yellow card and having their opponents capitalize.
“As a young team, and inexperienced, sometimes you don't know how to play when we're a man down,” she said.
Peterson said her seniors – Mawn, Maddy Rush and Maura Blute – played well and “with a lot of heart.”
“I thought Maddy Rush had a great game in the back,” said Peterson. “She made a big contribution.”
She also gave a nod to Wallace, a junior.
“Abby Wallace stepped up and had three goals today, and that was important,” said Peterson. “To have a junior step up and do that is good to see and good for next year.”
Peterson was quick to note that her team never gave up, fighting for ball control and scoring opportunities until the final horn. For a second year program, Peterson said, their progress is something to be proud of.
“You're going to tell me in your second year of existence you'll make the tournament, and host the game? That's pretty impressive,” Peterson said. “When you look at the big picture you have to be happy and impressed with the season, but that's always hard to say after a tough loss.”
Peterson told her team she's hopeful their next tournament bid will take them even further.