HARWICH ─ Monomoy field hockey coach Cheryl Poore said she's never had a team work harder than her 2016 squad. That was evidenced mightily on Monday when the Sharks dispatched the Barnstable Red Raiders 5-2 in a stellar non-league contest.
Carlee Tolley proved the most dangerous shark in the Shark Tank, netting four of Monomoy's five goals, the first coming in the opening half on an assist by Emma Mawn. Holly Evans then knocked in a ball from Carly Donovan to put the Sharks up 2-0.
Just before the break, the Raiders found an opening and pounced, narrowing the score to 2-1 before the horn, which set up a fierce battle at the start of the second half.
“I knew that goal was coming,” said Poore. “I could see it coming and I decided to save my timeout. As a coach you can feel when momentum is going to change, and when kids are assuming too much. That put [Barnstable] back in and those first 10 minutes of the second half were brutal because Barnstable was fired up.”
Even though the Raiders came back with renewed energy, Monomoy continued its domination, with Tessa Richardson turning out a solid performance in goal. Richardson stepped into the position after the team's original goalie opted out of field hockey.
“I think Tessa was outstanding in net,” said Poore.
Though Barnstable netted a penalty shot, Tolley kept Monomoy in the lead with back-to-back goals, punctuated by one more late in the game to cap the win, while Richardson refused to let Barnstable get by her.
“Our attack was amazing tonight,” said Poore, who added that the win was a boost for her Sharks. “It's big for the program. They're the largest school in the (area) and they've got a lot of kids to choose from.”
Along with Tolley and Richardson, Poore gave high marks to Hannah Potter, who was instrumental in Tolley's goals.
“Hannah was outstanding in setting up the scores,” said Poore. “Carlee had the hat trick, but Hannah really set her up a lot, and Emma Mawn really came alive at the end.”
Next up for Monomoy is a trip to Notre Dame Hingham tomorrow.
“It'll be a dogfight,” Poore said. “It always is there.”
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