After falling into an early 3-2 hole, the Whaler boys lacrosse team rallied back to beat the Barnstable Red Hawks in convincing fashion by a score of 11-4. They were led by junior attacker Jack Halik, who scored four goals in this game.
“Barnstable came out and took that 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter after they got a couple goals in transition,” head coach Sam Aloisi said. “After that first quarter we tweaked some things on defense and our guys responded really well.”
The Whalers scored a couple of goals in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead into halftime, and Aloisi said he was happy with the performance of junior midfielder Michael Culkins in faceoffs.
“He did a great job and Barnstable’s kid was pretty good,” Aloisi said. “But Michael was able to tie him up and neutralize him a bit. Michael won a majority of the groundballs. We haven’t beat these bigger schools because of possession, but (Thursday) we had it.”
Nantucket scored seven of the game’s final eight goals. Seven different Whaler players scored goals in this game. Aside from Halik, Arann Hanlon had two goals while Cole Chambers, Culkins, Pat Carroll, Canton Jenkinson, and Colby O’Keefe each scored one goal.
“Jeremy Jenkinson also came up huge for us in goal with a couple of critical saves in that third quarter,” Aloisi said. “Overall, the team offense and the team defense was very good. There wasn’t a lot of individual stuff which is kind of what we have been looking for.”
Nantucket is now 5-4 this season and are hoping to maintain their standing as a top six team in the Div. 4 playoff picture moving forward, beginning with their next opponent, the Cardinal Spellman Cardinals, on Saturday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m.