HARWICH – When a seasoned team plays one that's still relatively new, games can go any number of ways, but when the Monomoy boys varsity lacrosse team hosted Martha's Vineyard on Monday, the game may have ended in a 9-6 loss, but the Sharks definitely worked to keep the Vineyarders on their toes.
After Martha's Vineyard netted three goals in quick succession to take a 3-0 lead in the opening frame, Monomoy's Connor Deveau found the net for the Sharks in the second quarter on an assist from Connor Santoni to narrow the visitor's lead.
Two more goals from each side, including one from Owen Smith and another from Deveau, set the score at 5-3 in favor of the Vineyarders at the half, but Monomoy continued to battle after the break.
Though the Sharks fell behind 9-4 in the third quarter – their fourth goal coming from Elijah Beasley – solid defense from Kyle Charlot, Riley Demanche, Cole Currie, Cam Coomber, Clay Howell, and Tyler Crossen kept the visitors from finding success on every shot.
Shark goaltender Kyle Gabri was also a key contributor, making 12 saves in net, while Jack Archibald and Ben Thomas were strong at midfield, with Thomas setting teammates cheering with a huge interception in the fourth quarter.
Beasley went on to net two more goals en route to a hat trick for the Sharks, while Connor Santoni added four assists in the game. Riley Demanche and Rory Carpenter combined forces in securing several face-off possessions.
The Sharks posted a big win against Sturgis West on April 7, with the Sharks defeating the Navigators 15-4 in Cape and Islands League action. High scorers in the outing were Santoni and Beasley with seven points each; Santoni with four goals and three assists and Beasley with five goals and two assists.
Carpenter had three goals and two assists, while Deveau added one goal and three assists, with Owen Smith and Cole Currie each adding one goal to the tally.
At press time Monomoy was set to host Cape Cod Tech under the lights. Next up for the Sharks is a home game against Falmouth Academy today (April 12) at 4 p.m.