HANOVER – The Monomoy girls lacrosse team knew there was a chance it might run into a juggernaut. That is often the reality for Cape Cod high school teams when they cross the canal to play an off-Cape team come playoff time.
No. 9 Monomoy suffered a 21-6 loss to eighth-seeded Hanover on Friday when the Sharks visited the Hawks in the first round of the Division 2 South sectional tournament. Monomoy finished its season with a 6-5 record, while Hanover went on to cruise past top-seeded St. John Paul II, 20-7, during Monday’s quarterfinals matchup.
“Like I said to the team, it’s better to be disappointed at the end of the season than to not have a season,” said Monomoy coach Jenn Peterson, alluding to the fact that the entire 2020 spring sports season was canceled due to COVID-19.
“So, anything was better than last year,” Peterson continued. “It is what it is. When you come off Cape Cod, half of the teams you play play year-round travel and they have a good feeder system, which we kind of lack on Cape Cod. We know what we’re going to run into when we come here, but it’s nice to see it and know where we have to go.”
Having the opportunity to play this year was especially memorable for the team’s three seniors — Leah Nash from Chatham and Maddie Flaherty and Maggie Dever of Harwich — all of whom joined the team together as eighth graders when the program went solo after being a co-op team with Cape Tech.
“I think they were eighth graders the second year we had a program, so they’ve been here since almost the beginning,” said Peterson. “They really built a program from nothing to a team that goes to the tournament every year.”
Dever said that although the team had hoped it would go on a deeper postseason run, it was still a joy to get the opportunity to play as a senior. Those feelings of being grateful for the chance to compete were even stronger after the 2020 season was lost.
“We had been playing together since eighth grade and we missed that opportunity last year,” Dever said. “It was great to get one last opportunity for us to all play again before we go off to college.”
The Sharks will undoubtedly feel the loss of their trio of seniors next year, and they’ll have to find a new goalie to replace Flaherty, but the cupboard won’t be entirely bare.
Among the standouts who will return is Lucy Mawn, a sophomore from Harwich who netted five of the team’s goals in Friday’s loss.
“It felt good,” Mawn said of her performance. “I’m excited for the seasons to come because we’re a pretty young team. We only have three seniors graduating — they are some of our best players, so they’ll be missed — but I’m also excited for what’s to come.”
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