The Whaler lacrosse team went on the road Friday and defeated the Whitman-Hanson Panthers 9-6, and head coach Sam Aloisi said he was proud of his team’s effort.
“The kids played great it was 83 or 84 degrees on the field,” head coach Sam Aloisi said “There was a lot of really good, really tough play on our guys in the middle of the field and to still remain poised and not do too many mistakes in the third was huge.”
The Whalers and the Panthers were tied 4-4 at the half, but Aloisi said his team was able to stand tall thanks to Canton Jenkinson and Michael Culkins in net, who were able to perform well in the face-off dot.
“Whitman-Hanson had a really good face-off guy, but Mikey and Canton were able to tie him up and we were worried about them,” Aloisi said. “Face-offs were what we were worried about, and we were able to tie them up so that was good. Our close defense was great and our midfield defense was okay, but the close defense of Griffin Starr, Hunter Strojny, and Luke Stringer bailed us out of a few bad close situations. Our clears were good, especially from Hunter who had a few good clears himself. Sean (Murphy) was big clearing the ball.”
The Whalers were led by Cole Chambers, their junior attacker who had three goals in this game. Aloisi said he was happy with Chambers performance along with freshman midfielder Arann Hanlon’s game.
“Arann Hanlon is definitely our biggest threat in the midfield,” Aloisi said. “He is a smart player who knows how to play. Offensively though I have to say Cole (chambers) was the biggest player for us. He did all of the little things for us like possession, patience, just being the offensive leader that he is.”
Freshman goalie Jeremy Jenkinson made eight saves and Aloisi continues to be impressed with his development.
“I think Jeremy did very well,” Aloisi said. “A couple of the goals he let in were just defensive lapses where he got let out to dry on a couple of them, but he is continuing to come along nicely.”
Nantucket’s next game is one Saturday, April 22 against Plymouth South, at home beginning at 1 p.m.