HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity lacrosse team opened its last game of the regular season with back-to-back goals but were ultimately overtaken by the Plymouth North Eagles, who earned a 13-10 win on May 29.
Alyssa Lyons netted the game opener for the Sharks barely a minute into play She eventually scored four goals for the home team with one assist. Less than a minute later, at the 23:52 mark of a 25-minute first half, Leah Nash found the back of the Eagles' net, putting Monomoy ahead 2-0 as the competition intensified.
After the opening goals, the visiting Eagles held the Sharks at bay until Lyons swept in and scored her second goal of the game with less than four minutes left in the first half. Then, with 1:44 left on the clock, Abby Wallace capitalized on a draw, raced the ball downfield, and fired it into the net past a host of Plymouth North defenders.
Two more goals followed during the final minute of the first half in rapid succession, with Lyons netting the first at the 26-second mark, followed by Nash with just 14 seconds left in the half, tying the game at 7-7 heading into the break.
Nash opened the scoring in the second half, earning a hat trick with her third goal of the game at 23:07. Draw control challenges allowed the Eagles to rally back and then surpass the Sharks, but the home team kept fighting.
At 9:45 in the second half, Lyons struck again, netting her fourth goal. Stepped-up defensive pressure from the visitors kept the Sharks away from the net until Lucy Mawn found an opening at 1:36, narrowing the Eagle's lead to 13-9. Wallace scored the final goal of the game at 1:11.
Head coach Jenn Peterson said the absence of several key players was a possible factor in the loss, and that she'd like to see the Sharks gain more control of draws.
“It was an OK game considering we're missing three of our midfielders,” Peterson said. “It kind of showed in transition and winning ground balls. We had periods when we looked good, and periods where I felt like we were watching and not anticipating enough, and that hurt us.”
Peterson praised the work of a few players in the May 29 outing.
“I thought Lexi Hyora in the back was great,” Peterson said. “She's a freshman earning more time and proving herself on the field. And Leah Nash winning draws is always good.”
Peterson said it was a good test for her team heading into the tournament. Monomoy is the No. 13 seed in Div. 2 South and was slated to travel to Hanover for a first round game on June 5 at 4 p.m.