PLYMOUTH – The Monomoy girls lacrosse team felt like it had more to give during the second half of Monday’s nonleague game at Plymouth South Monday.
After taking a 5-4 deficit into halftime, the Sharks thought about why they wanted to schedule a matchup against the Panthers: they felt it would be a good opportunity to bolster their status for the state tournament’s statewide power rating system.
Monomoy ultimately did just that after the break, as junior Lucy Mawn scored four of her six goals to help the team gain separation and earn an 8-7 victory.
“I was pleased with the way we played in the second half. We got off to a slow start,” Monomoy coach Jennifer Stevens said after the team improved to 7-3. “It was more about not being focused than not making good decisions and trying to force things. Once we started having a plan on offense, I thought it just changed the whole game.”
Monday marked a third consecutive victory for the Sharks, who rebounded from a 17-6 loss at Nantucket on May 1 with an 11-10 win over Dennis-Yarmouth on May 3 and then by defeating Sturgis West, 14-5, on Friday.
Stevens said the season has been “up and down” before noting Plymouth South was an opponent that Monomoy was focused on beating at the start of the season.
“This was one of the ones that at the beginning of the season we talked about having the goal of winning some of these games to get a better seed when we get to the tournament,” Stevens said. “We usually make the tournament, but then we have to go play someone like Cohasset off-Cape. Hopefully with the power rankings, beating a school that’s a little bigger than you and off-Cape will go a long way.”
Although the Sharks were able to gain some wiggle room in the second half, at times the team struggled to create chances going toward Plymouth South’s net during the half.
Mawn said something changed during the intermission.
“At halftime I felt like we were all kind of frustrated with the way we were playing,” said Mawn, a Harwich resident. “We know we’re a lot better than how we were doing and how it was showing on the scoreboard, so we kind of turned it on and everyone started to work hard — not for themselves, but for everyone else.”
In addition to Mawn’s big day, senior Kate Gabri scored two goals and sophomore Susannah Brown netted one of her own. Senior Evelyn Sheeran and sophomore Victoria Letendre combined for the win between the pipes, with Sheeran playing the first half before Letendre entered in relief.
As much as the team relied on its skill to find a different level in the second half of Monday’s game, Gabri said throughout the season that the girls have relied on each other to produce results. As one of the upperclassmen and leaders on the team, she added that it helps that everyone is also competitive and motivated to play.
“I think we’re all very close,” said Gabri, a Harwich resident. “We all work together really well and I think none of us are super selfish with how we play. We all work together and we’re all team players. It’s easy to communicate with each other, so being older girls, it’s not like we have to force people to want to play.”
Monday’s win at Plymouth South was the latest example showing that the Sharks are capable of changing course when they need to. After playing what they considered a sloppy first half, the team focused on what it had practiced and ultimately returned to the Lower Cape with an extended win streak.
“I think we really slowed down our play and took time to figure out what we were doing and set up plays that we had practiced,” Gabri said.
Mawn added that it feels good to head home with another important win that may help the team improve its positioning in the state tournament power rankings.
“At the beginning of the season our goal was definitely to have a pretty high seed in the tournament, and that meant our record needed to be pretty good,” Mawn said. “So, this was definitely one of the games that we needed to just clinch a win and boost our record.”
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