The girls lacrosse team traveled to Cape Cod Academy on Tuesday and knew they were in for a matchup that would not only test their skills and abilities, but their mental makeup and team chemistry. The Whalers passed the test with flying colors in a 13-7 victory over the Seahawks where their experience and maturity helped them breeze past one of the top teams in Div. 4.
“The girls played so well today,” head coach Jami Lower said. “They got together, played the game they love and it was tough at times, but games like this just make them stronger and closer.”
Nantucket led 5-4 at halftime. Junior midfielder Bailey Lower scored four of the five Whaler goals in the first half while junior midfielder Emerson Pekarcik scored the fifth one.
The Whalers and Seahawks each scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the second half to make it a 7-6 game with just over 17 minutes to play. Pekarcik had both of those tallies early in the half.
From there however it was all Nantucket. The Whalers scored six of the game’s final seven goals to pull away and hand the Seahawks, ranked #8 in the latest rankings, a loss.
“Draw controls were huge for us and just the perseverance on the part of all of them and correcting the mistakes they have been making,” Jami Lower said. “Everyone bonded together on the field and did what they needed to do whether it be catching a ball they otherwise would have dropped, holding onto the ball for a split second longer or recognizing when Bailey or (Emerson) are face guarded, they just took the extra time to work together as a team.”
Lower finished with six goals, one assist, and 12 face-off wins. Pekarcik finished with five goals and three assists. Junior attacker Cydney Mosscrop finished with one goal and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Mayson Lower had one goal. Freshman attacker Dylan Damian also added one assist.
Junior goalie Claire Misurelli made five saves in the game, with Jami Lower adding that she made a few key saves throughout the course of the game.
“All in all, I am just very happy and proud of how this team has grown,” Lower said. “Everyone gave it their all today. It is hard to recognize specific players in this game because this was a team win. I’m glad we walked out of there with a win.”
The Whalers are now 9-2 this season and are hoping to continue to climb up the state rankings from their current spot of #5. Their next game is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 11 at Sandwich High School for the first of two matchups in a span of four days with the #6 seeded Blue Knights, who are 10-1 this season.
On Saturday, Nantucket will be hosting the Barnstable Red Hawks at 10 a.m. They beat Barnstable on the road 20-8 earlier this season. Then on Sunday, the Whalers will be hosting the Blue Knights on Mother’s Day at 10 a.m. for their second matchup.