Girls Lax Sails Past Plymouth North 18-5

David Creed •

Girls Lax
Photo by Chris Tran

It was an all-around dominant performance for Nantucket’s girls’ lacrosse team Thursday afternoon. They kicked off the Nantucket 2024 spring sports regular season with a convincing 18-5 win over the Plymouth North Eagles behind eight goals and two assists from senior midfielder Bailey Lower and five goals and one assist from senior midfielder Emerson Pekarcik.

"(Plymouth North) scored first. We were definitely, you know, like past years had to shake off some cobwebs and get rid of those jitters,” head coach Jami Lower said. “But once we started to gain a little bit of confidence we played well.”

Senior goalie Claire Misurelli is entering her second season as the team's starting goalie and kicked it off with an excellent start. She made seven saves in the game and impressed her coach.

“Claire was insane in net,” Lower said. “She was making stops like a collegiate goalie. She was insane. She's going to be fun to watch for sure. I'm excited and I can't wait for people to see. She's definitely put work in and it's huge.”

Junior midfielder Mayson Lower took the faceoffs and also added three goals. Senior attacker Cydney Mosscrop added two goals.

Lower said one of the most encouraging takeaways from Thursday's game was seeing the plethora of players who impacted the game in a positive way in some way, shape, or form. That is something Lower believes will be key to the success of this team moving forward.

"You saw that growth of the depth of the program in the game today and it was awesome," Lower said. "Evy (Stahl) had a couple of ground balls that were huge. Suz (Peraner) was incredible on the ride. Madden Myers jumped in on defense. Gabby Nikolova jumped in on defense. They're impactful. Every player that was on the field had an impact in some way and that's pretty awesome. I don't really remember having that before as a coach. Our biggest goal is to be more cohesive and collaborative, and we did that today. So, I'm psyched.”

Lower added that having sophomore Alex Wisentaner back on defense after she missed all of last season with a torn ACL was a huge boost for the team as well. She said sophomore Myah Johnson and junior Maddie Lombardi also had strong games.

The Whalers will attempt to improve their record to 2-0 on Saturday, March 30 when they host Martha's Vineyard at 1 p.m.

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