SCITUATE ─ It wasn't the way the Monomoy field hockey team wanted their season to end, but when the dust settled across the turf at Scituate High on Thursday, the Sailors claimed victory with a 2-1 final score in the MIAA Div. 2 South first round.
Monomoy, the 12th seed in MIAA Div. 2, took an early 1-0 lead against the No. 5 Scituate Sailors on a nice goal from Emma Mawn assisted by Carly Donovan roughly five minutes into game play last Thursday, but it was a lead the Sharks were unable to sustain.
Scituate tied the game toward the end of the first half, but even as Monomoy turned up the heat on the Sailors, their efforts were consistently thwarted, including during four corner shots in the last two minutes of the opening frame.
In the second half, the Sharks were a bit more fired up, making about eight shots on goal, but were showing fatigue, and then exasperation as Scituate netted what proved to be the winning goal in the second half. Monomoy worked to even the score once again, but time wasn't on their side.
“I know the game really well,” said Poore. “That was not a better team, but they played better. They played harder. I've never seen so many players on our team not execute, and not make changes after timeouts.”
Poore said if she was going to give her players an excuse, it would be that they were negatively impacted by a punishing schedule toward the end of their regular season, which saw them playing some of their toughest opponents nearly every other day with very little time for a real break.
“If I gave them one excuse that would be it,” Poore said. “I just saw a totally exhausted team that wasn't making that extra effort to the ball.”
Poor praised the efforts of goalie Tessa Richardson and fullback Colleen Cronin.
“I thought Tessa did a great job,” said Poore. “And I think Colleen at back was as solid as she's been all year.”
Other than that, Poore was left with very little to say, but praised her team for their efforts throughout the season.
“I don't know what to say,” said Monomoy head coach Cheryl Poore. “I think we finally ran out of gas.”