Monomoy Field Hockey Falls Short In State Semifinal

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Monomoy Regional High School , Field Hockey

First-year coach Kyle Cappallo addresses the team at halftime of Friday’s game. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

HARWICH – To understand the story of this year’s Monomoy field hockey team, you really need to go back to Nov. 16, 2021, when the Sharks’ climb came to a heartbreaking finish following a Division 4 state semifinals loss to Ipswich.

Monomoy overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime before the game ultimately ended in a shootout. Although the team suffered a 3-2 loss, it was clear that the program was ascending and that it would be competing for additional state championship appearances for years to come.

It’s a new year, but Monomoy is looking in the eyes of the same opportunity after earning another chance to play for the state title. The fourth-seeded Sharks earned a spot back in the Division 4 state semifinals following Friday’s 2-0 quarterfinals victory over No. 5 Lynnfield in Harwich.

For a second consecutive season, however, the state semifinals didn't go Monomoy's way. The Sharks suffered a 3-2 double-overtime loss to the defending Division 4 state champion and top-seeded Uxbridge on Tuesday night at Middleborough High School. 

Although it wasn't the result the team had hoped for, first-year coach Kyle Cappallo said he was proud of his Monomoy squad for all it accomplished during its 12-5-5 season. 

“I’m proud of this season,” Cappallo said after Monday's loss. “We lost the Cape & Islands MVP in Caroline DiGiovanni and we lost Cape Cod’s best goalie in Caroline Upson. Just to lose those two players and get back here was a huge accomplishment. There’s a lot of young, talented players coming up in the Monomoy school district and Monomoy is going to be a contender for a while to come."

That win set up a win-or-go-home semifinals matchup against top-seeded and undefeated Uxbridge (21-0) on Tuesday night in Middleborough, after The Chronicle’s deadline. Monomoy (12-4-5) suffered a 6-1 loss at Uxbridge on Oct. 2, though the team feels as if a lot has changed since that first meeting.

Monomoy cruised through the first two rounds of the state tournament, thumping Amesbury 9-0 on Nov. 5 before cruising past Georgetown for a 7-1 win three days later. Friday’s win was hardly a laugher, though the team still managed to control play and scoring chances throughout the contest.

“It didn’t really feel like a nail-biter,” Cappallo said. “We owned time of possession, we created more turnovers, we had more offensive corners. I think we only gave up two defensive corners all game, and I don’t think they had the ball inside our 25 for more than 5 minutes of the whole game. Those are the types of things I look at to see if we’re creating an opportunity to win. We controlled the pace of the game and that’s what we set out to do.”

Junior Susannah Brown opened the scoring in the first minutes with a goal that came off of what she said she meant to be a pass.

“It was definitely unexpected,” Brown said. “That wasn’t even supposed to be a shot — it was supposed to be a pass to my teammate, but I’m happy I caught the goalie and gave us a little head start.”

After clinging to a 1-0 lead the entire game, sophomore Ella Reeves made sure the victory ended with some excitement when she scored right before the buzzer sounded to extend the lead to 2-0.

“It was awesome,” Reeves said. “Instead of going into overtime, it was nice to secure that win.”

A full recap of the semifinals loss to Uxbridge will appear in the Nov. 24 edition of The Chronicle.

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