HARWICH – It wasn't the outcome the Cape Cod Tech boys lacrosse team wanted when they faced Cape Cod Academy on Monday, but when the clock drained on an 11-10 loss to the visiting Seahawks, all the Crusaders could do was look to the next game.
“It's a team we should have beaten,” said Cape Tech head coach Pat Lawson. “We didn't come out ready to play and they did.”
The Crusaders started off strong in the Cape and Islands League game, taking a 4-1 lead in the opening frame. But the determined Seahawks continued chipping away at the lead until the teams were tied 6-6 at halftime, with the frustrations of the home team mounting.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” said Lawson. “They capitalized on them. Their goalie played an amazing game and made a lot of saves that normally would've gone in.”
Led by Ezra Leary, Rob Mackiewicz, and Dylan Vaughan, the home team Crusaders once again regained the lead in the third quarter, setting sights on securing their third win of the 2019 season, but the Seahawks weren't going away without a fight and again poked holes in Cape Tech's lead until the teams were tied 10-10 in the final moments of game play.
A final goal by Cape Cod Academy, followed by a Tech turnover that put possession back in the Seahawks' hands, capped off the visitors' win.
In the end, Vaughan netted four goals and had three assists, while Leary had three goals. Andrew MacPhee added two goals and an assist, and Adam Beal had one goal.
Lawson gave kudos to Mackiewicz and Leary on face offs, but said a contributing factor in the team's loss was too many individual performances and not enough unification.
The Crusaders earned their first win of the season on April 22 when they faced Blue Hills, coming away with a 17-13 non-league victory on the road.
The visiting Cape Tech team battled through bad weather to hold a one-goal 11-10 lead at halftime, only to have the home team Warriors knot the score at 13-all at the end of the third quarter.
Penalties worked in favor of the visiting Crusaders in the fourth, as did a stepped-up defense that allowed Cape Tech to edge out Blue Hills for the win.
Vaughan, MacPhee, and Leary were key offensively for Cape Tech, with Mackiewicz strong in the midfield, while Ethan Gannon had a solid performance on defense.
The Crusaders have back-to-back games this week. They host St. John Paul II today (May 2) at 4 p.m. and Martha's Vineyard tomorrow (May 3) also beginning at 4 p.m., kicking off a stretch of home games that includes Nantucket on May 7, Sturgis East on May 9, and Falmouth Academy on May 10.