HARWICH – After a tough season opening loss to D-Y last week, the Monomoy girls varsity field hockey team was looking for a win and found it when they played to a 5-0 victory against Sturgis East on Sept. 10.
As a steady, light rain fell across Harwich, the Sharks played host to the Storm, with Alison Barrett setting up teammate Amy Hinesley for the first goal of the game at 26:40 to put Monomoy ahead 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Elena Fritsch passed the ball off to Barrett for goal No. 2.
Thus, the tone of the game was set and though the Storm worked tirelessly to thwart Monomoy's efforts, slowing down the Sharks proved nearly impossible in spite of the wet weather. Before the first half was complete Monomoy would add one more to its tally when Carly Dimock drove the ball up the field and took a solid shot on goal. Though it didn't reach its intended target, Barrett pounced on the loose ball and redirected it into the net to put Monomoy ahead 3-0.
The scoring continued into the second half, much to the delight of stalwart fans huddled under umbrellas or peering out from beneath the bleachers.
Roughly two minutes into the second half the Sharks earned a corner shot, capitalizing on the opportunity with Sarah Babb sending the ball over to Holly Evans for the goal. The rain and the Storm each stepped up their intensity after that, with Sturgis keeping enough pressure on Monomoy to prevent them from nearing the net, but a savvy Caroline DiGiovanni seized the ball near the seven-minute mark, maneuvering it downfield before passing it off to Dimock for another goal.
Monomoy head coach Jennifer Estes was pleased with her team's performance, noting that Jess Currie was on top of her game.
“She did a fantastic job of switching the field and seeing the open player,” Estes said.
Though the fact that Monomoy controlled much of the game play meant goalies Caitlin Bouvier and Evelyn Sheeran were left largely alone in the net during their respective playing times, when the Storm did edge into scoring territory, Monomoy's defense worked hard to clear it.
Estes said the win was the result of putting to work lessons learned during the team's season-opening 7-0 loss to D-Y on Sept. 7.
“We left Friday's game against DY with some clear things to work on,” Estes said. “We were able to make those changes yesterday during the game. What I love about coaching this team so far is their coachability. When I correct defensive positioning or help a player see another passing lane they make the adjustments right away.”
Better communication and awareness of supportive teammates on the field made the difference against Sturgis, Estes said.
“I think the difference for us against Sturgis was our ability to see each other on the field,” she said. “Players were communicating more effectively and were able to recognize through passes and opportunities to switch the field and change our point of attack.”
The Nauset game, Estes said, should be exciting.
“I am looking forward to facing Nauset on Friday. They are always a strong competitor,” said Estes. “I think players are starting to feel more connected to one another on the field and they are motivated by the success they experienced. There are always aspects of play to improve and we will continue to work hard in preparation for a successful season.”