Sports Roundup: Boys Lax Blows Out Martha's Vineyard, Girls Lax Completes Undefeated Season

David Creed •

This sports roundup includes updates on the boys lacrosse team after a blowout victory over Martha’s Vineyard, the girls lacrosse team after completing their undefeated season, the baseball team after honoring their three seniors, and the softball team.

Boys Lax Routs Martha’s Vineyard

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There was never any doubt on Saturday whether the Whaler boys lacrosse team would walk away with a victory at home against Martha’s Vineyard as they went onto beat the Vineyarders 15-1 – capping off an excellent regular season with a 15-1 record and a 13-game win streak. The regular season success has their head coach, Sam Aloisi, optimistic about Nantucket’s odds in the state tournament – where they will likely be the top seed in Div. 4.

"If they play to their potential, I really don't see anybody that's going to beat them barring any injuries or freak things,” Aloisi said. “When these guys are on, they're really hard to beat because it's a whole team. There's no individuals. We don't have a superstar, individual player, and that's not their mindset either. It's paying off and they're seeing it.”

After the game, the Whalers honored their nine seniors: Jack Halik, Hunter Strojny, Michael Culkins, Kinnick King, Colby O’Keefe, Griffin Starr, Paddy Carroll, Ryan Davis, and Cole Chambers. Aloisi had high praise for this group and said they deserve all of the success they’ve earned to date.

"I think a lot has been said about them and it's just a unique group," he said. "They've played together so long in all sports growing up and they're friends. A lot of that translates onto the field. They have a certain chemistry about them. I think they decided that it could have gone either way where they could have a great year or they could just be okay and finish out, win a couple tournament games. They've made up their mind they want to finish it out, which is great. That's the challenge lots of times is keeping their heads in it through the spring here when they want to be surfing and fishing and chasing girls. But hopefully they're going to keep their heads in it and finish it out.”

Nantucket may have a make-up game on Monday, May 27 against Bishop Stang at home after their initial May 20 game was cancelled due to weather but for now, their regular season is over with state tournament brackets scheduled to be released next week. Check back in with Current Sports on Instagram for any updates as they become available.

Girls Lax Blows Out Martha’s Vineyard, Complete Undefeated Season

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The Whaler girls lacrosse team completed their regular season on Saturday with an 18-3 win over Martha’s Vineyard and ended the regular season with a 20-0 record. All the focus now shifts to the state tournament, where the Whalers are expected to be the top seed in Div. 4.

On Saturday, senior midfielder Emerson Pekarcik led the team within five goals while senior midfielder Bailey Lower led the team with 10 assists.

Check back in with  Current Sports on Instagram for any updates as they become available on the bracket release.

Baseball Celebrates Three Seniors

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The Nantucket baseball team’s season came to an end on Saturday following an 8-2 loss at home against Martha’s Vineyard. They finished the season with a 5-15 record and gradually improved as the season went along.

Head coach Jack Pearson expressed his appreciation for the commitment his players showed and is excited for what the future holds for this young core.

“We increased the number of wins 500 percent over last season (1-15 last year),” Pearson said. “We lost some one run games, a two-run game. We lost a close game to a Sturgis team graduating eight seniors.”

Pearson said baserunning will be an area of focus for his team as they now shift their focus to the spring of 2025. He also said injuries began to take their toll on the group towards the end of the season.

“Overall, just really encouraged,” he said. “It is a great group. Sad to see this one go but also excited about the years to come.”

The Whalers also honored their three seniors after Saturday’s game: Shea Dwyer, as well as the Abreu brothers – Felix and Junior. Pearson said he wishes he had more time with the twins but added they gave the team everything that was asked of them. As for Dwyer, Pearson had high praise for the captain.

“Shea did everything we could have asked of him,” Pearson said. “He led the team in a lot of statistics but also led the team off the field. He did a great job.”

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Softball Clinches Tournament Spot

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The Nantucket softball team clinched a playoff spot on Friday following their 26-5 win over Mashpee at home and then won 18-14 on the road against Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday.

While Nantucket’s point rating doesn’t place them within the Div. 4 bracket’s top 32 teams, the Whalers finished with a record of .500 or better (10-8) which automatically clinches them a play-in game. Check back in with Current Sports on Instagram next week for updates on who Nantucket will be playing.

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