HARWICH – When it comes to the Monomoy girls lacrosse program, one thing is clear: though only in their second season, the Sharks aim to compete as evidenced by their strong performance against Nantucket in the team's home opener.
While the Whalers earned a 10-8 victory, the Sharks kept pace throughout the game, with two Monomoy players netting hat tricks in the outing. Emma Mawn and Alyssa Lyons each netted three goals for the home team, while Jess Currie and Maggie Dever had one goal apiece. Abby Wallace had two assists for Monomoy.
Nantucket struck first, netting the game's first goal near the 20-minute mark, but Monomoy's Currie was quick with the response, netting the Sharks' first goal at 18:17 in the opening half. That kicked off back-and-forth goals from each team, with Monomoy's Mawn and Dever finding the net for the Sharks, who trailed by one at the half.
The Whalers took a two-goal edge in the second half with back-to-back shots before Lyons narrowed the lead to one with her first of three at 18:59 in the frame, which was quickly followed by another less than a minute later.
Although the Sharks kept a steady defensive pressure, Nantucket was able to sneak past en route to another pair of goals. But a determined Monomoy squad kept chipping away at the Whalers' lead, with Mawn adding two more goals to the final tally, the last coming with seconds left in game play.
The game marks a dramatic change in Monomoy's level of play, best seen in comparing last year's Nantucket score to the March 29 outing. In May of last season the Sharks endured a tough 15-5 loss, a sharp contrast to the more recent two-point loss. The 2018 program is also celebrating an increase in numbers, which bodes well for the future.
Head coach Jenn Peterson was pleased with her team's performance in the season opener.
“You always want to win, but as losses go we'll take a lot of good stuff from that game,” Peterson said. “Where we are now compared to last year and as a second year program, to see that much improvement and to be able to play and compete with a program that's been here awhile is great to see.”
Peterson dubbed goaltender Maddy Flaherty “brave,” and gave kudos to Lyons for her hat trick, as well as Dever, Kelsey Olson, and Maddie Rush for their tireless efforts.
“Alyssa had three goals and really stepped up, and I thought Maggie Dever on the midfield and attack wing created a lot of problems on draw controls and won a lot of balls for us,” Peterson said. “And I think Kelsey and Maddie in the back...you'll hear me say their names a ton because I think they're going to be the backbone of our defense.”
Next up for the Sharks is an away game against St. John Paul II, with their next home game set for April 7 against Sturgis West with an 11 a.m. start.