HARWICH ─ It took the better part of the first half for the D-Y Dolphins to break through Monomoy's defense in the Sharks field hockey home opener last Wednesday, but once they found the scoreboard, the visitors didn't look back, posting an 8-1 victory in the Sept. 13 outing.
“We just got it handed to us,” said head coach Ron Bonollo. “They played very well. We played a team game and our team game was all bad.”
Bonollo felt his team didn't put enough effort into the game.
“They didn't react to the ball,” he said. “They didn't get open, and the defense just allowed too many give-and-goes and too many shots right out in front of the goal. You can't expect to stop a team that's playing point blank one-on-one with the goalie.”
Goalie Caitlin Bouvier had an outstanding day in net up against the Div. 1 Dolphins, turning away 11 of the 19 shots she faced. Meanwhile, it took D-Y nearly a half hour to net their first goal, which went in just above the five-minute mark of the first half.
Monomoy's lone goal in the outing came with less than a half hour left in game play when Emma Mawn, on the team's first corner shot of the day, found an open Aoife Daly, who seized the opportunity and got the Div. 4 Sharks on the board.
Unfortunately for Monomoy, a hat trick-plus from D-Y's Anna McGaffigan and goals from Avery Nardone and Summer Walsh put the game out of reach.
“It's a young team, but that's no excuse,” said Bonollo. “We've got a couple veterans, and I wouldn't say they quit at the end, but they just stopped playing hard. They just got outplayed. We'll start all over tomorrow and hopefully we'll get better.”
On Sept. 16 the team traveled off-Cape to face Bishop Fenwick, playing to a 2-2 tie.
Mawn joined forces with Holly Evans to give the Sharks a 2-0 edge before the Crusaders netted their first goal of the game to make it 2-1 before halftime. In spite of solid efforts from the Shark defense, Bishop Fenwick found an opening late in the game to tie things up, leaving the score knotted at the buzzer.
Bouvier again was strong in goal with 12 saves.
Next up for the Sharks, weather permitting, is a home game Friday at 4 p.m. (Sept. 22) against Notre Dame, with another game slated for Sept. 25 at Nauset beginning at 4:30 p.m. At press time the Sharks were set to face Sturgis West away Wednesday, depending on the weather.
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