HARWICH – The Monomoy boys varsity lacrosse team opened its 2019 season with a commanding 15-2 victory against Sturgis West on March 28, kicking off the spring season on a high note.
Eleven players scored in the home opener, and leading the fray was Connor Deveau, who netted himself a hat trick against the visiting Navigators.
The Sharks got off to a strong start after Rory Carpenter won the opening face off, putting the ball in Monomoy possession not long after the first whistle. He passed it off to Elijah Beasley who made his way toward the West net before sending the ball over to Mark Pawlina, who, with a little help from Owen Smith, was able to find a hole in the West defense wide enough to score the first goal.
That was all the momentum Monomoy needed to get fired up, with the shots coming fast and furious afterwards. Meanwhile, Monomoy's defense made it nearly impossible for the Navigators to gain control of the ball, let alone get it near the net.
“Only three shots on goal,” said Monomoy goalkeeper Kyle Gabri with a grin after coming out of the game in the second half.
On the Monomoy side, the shots were many, with the majority coming from Beasley, Pawlina, Carpenter, and Jack Archibald, with Deveau leading the scoring with three goals, while Pawlina had two goals and three assists.
Adding two goals apiece were Carpenter, Archibald, and Lucas Garneau, while Beasley had one goal and three assists, Owen Smith one goal and one assist, and Tommy Pandiscio, Cole Currie, and Ryan Lane each had a goal.
Though West found its way to the scoreboard in the second half, the Navigators couldn't muster enough energy to get past the Sharks, who continued their dominating performance in the second and third when many of the team's second and third string players entered the game.
Notable on defense were Currie, Kyle Charlot, Cam Coomber, Ben Rounseville, and Tristan Coomber, while Graham Papenfuhs had a strong second half for the Sharks offensively.
Head coach John Kent was pleased with his team's efforts.
“It was our first game of the season,” he said. “I liked the way our kids competed. We started running the sets we wanted to, not as well as we should have, but we know this is the first game and we're going to get better each and every day.”
Kent gave kudos to West for their determination.
“The Sturgis West team played really hard,” he said. “But we played hard from the first whistle to the last, which is all you can ask. It's really tough when it's that much of a margin, but I really respect West.”
Kent said Charlot, along with Currie, was stellar in leading the team's defense, while Archibald was commended for his success in face offs and scoring.
“And Mark Pawlina, our two-way midi,” Kent said. “He did everything for us. “And Elijah Beasley and Rory Carpenter also led the way on offense.”
The win marked the first Cape and Islands League victory for the Sharks, who were scheduled to face Plymouth North at press time on Tuesday. Their next home game is set for April 23 against Nantucket.