HARWICH – The D-Y Dolphins might have scored the opening goal on Monday, but the game, and a big victory, belonged to the Sharks as the girls varsity lacrosse team played to a 12-4 win in non-league play.
After the visiting Dolphins found the scoreboard first in the opening half, Monomoy went to work, with Aleidy Rodriguez offering an answer at 14:55 in the frame to tie the score 1-1. Seconds later a lightning fast Abby Wallace snagged the face off, took off running, and didn't stop until she'd sent the ball into the back of the net, giving Monomoy a 2-0 edge.
Less than five minutes later, Kelsey Olson saw an opening and took it, giving the Sharks a nice cushion as fans cheered on the team from the stands. Olson's goal was followed nine minutes later by another from Lily Daniels-Diehl. Then, with just two seconds left in the half, Wallace again charged toward the net at top speed, giving Monomoy a 5-1 lead at the break.
Alyssa Lyons opened the scoring in the second half with her goal at 21:53, followed a little more than a minute later by Olson's second goal in the game, putting the Sharks ahead 7-1 as the fog swirled through the trees opposite the field.
Chill winds and misty weather were of no concern to the Sharks, who only had one mission: keep scoring, and that's just what they did. Barely a minute after Olson had found the net for the second time, Maddie Flaherty took a shot and found success, boosting Monomoy's tally further.
Three minutes later, Wallace earned a hat trick with goal No. 3 coming in at 16:05, which was followed just shy of the eight-minute mark by her fourth and final goal of the game.
Although the Dolphins managed to eke out a few late game goals, they weren't enough to rally back against Monomoy, which saw two more goals added on to its tally by Leah Nash and Maggie Dever.
“I thought it was a good team effort,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “A lot of good things to take away from that.”
Along with a stellar offense, Monomoy's defense was nothing short of smothering, preventing the Dolphin offense from getting near the goal constantly, though Monomoy goaltender Maddie Flaherty made seven great saves in the game.
“I thought defensively we were solid, and Kaitlyn Lyons was really good in the back,” said Peterson. “And Abby Wallace has been a consistent attacker for us. So far every game she's been kind of our go-to for goals.”
Peterson said having a multitude of players that can score is key to the future success of the team.
“Last year we had one player that scored a lot of goals,” Peterson said. “And for us this year to kind of figure out as a team how to make up for those goals and have everyone contribute and work together as a team to generate offense is going to take a little bit of time, but it's starting to connect.”
Along with Lyons and Wallace, Peterson praised the efforts of Olson and Daniels-Diehl.
“I thought Kelsey Olson had a good game on both ends,” Peterson said. “She dominates in the middle defensively, and probably has one of our better attacking minds as well, [and] Lily is starting to kind of come into her own.”
The win avenged a tough loss to Martha's Vineyard in which Wallace scored four of Monomoy's six goals, with Alyssa Lyons and Kelsey Olson adding the other two. Next up, the Sharks host Cape Cod Academy today (April 11) at 4 p.m.