Sports Roundup: Lacrosse Teams Riding Double Digit Win Streaks

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This sports roundup includes updates on the girls and boys lacrosse teams after each team earned yet another victory, the boys and girls tennis teams, the baseball team following another close defeat, the softball team, and the sailing team.

Girls Lacrosse Blows Out Cape Cod Academy At Home

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The girls lacrosse team cruised to their 15th win in 15 games this season on Tuesday - beating Cape Cod Academy 18-4.

Nantucket was led by senior Bailey Lower, who scored a team-high eight goals and added three assists as well as senior Emerson Pekarcik, who scored six goals and added four assists.

The Whalers also got three goals from junior Mayson Lower, one goal from junior Suz Peraner, two assists from senior Cydney Mosscrop, and one assist from Evy Stahl. Senior goalie Claire Misurelli finished with six saves.

The Whalers remain the #2 seed in the Div. 4 state rankings and will try to remain undefeated when they travel to face Bridgewater-Raynham on Thursday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m.

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Boys Lacrosse Extends Win Streak To 10 Games

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The boys lacrosse team is on fire right now and on Monday, extended their win streak to 10 games following a 14-2 defeat against Old Rochester Regional High School. The Whalers are now 12-1 this season, have outscored their opponents 113-33 during the 10-game win streak, and have a firm lead over Norwell for the top spot in the Div. 4 state tournament rankings with over half the season gone by.

Despite the loss of senior captain Griffin Starr to a fractured wrist two weeks ago, Nantucket’s defense hasn’t skipped a beat. They were also without junior defensive midfielder Owen Sullivan on Monday, who has become a key piece for the Whaler’s overall operation but defense in particular with his long pole. They still managed to hold ORR to two goals and since their last loss (13-6 to Falmouth on April 9), the Whalers have not allowed more than six goals in any game.

Eight different Whalers scored on Monday. Sophomore midfielder Arann Hanlon lead the way with five goals. Senior captain Cole Chambers scored three goals and had a team-high seven assists. One of the many highlights also included freshman midfielder Andrick Mooney scoring his first career varsity goal.

Sophomore attacker Nolen Mosscrop, senior attacker Colby O’Keefe, senior midfielders Paddy Carroll, Jack Halik, and Ryan Davis each had one goal.

Nantucket will try to keep the win streak going and improve their record to 13-1 when they travel to Abington on Wednesday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. The Green Wave should present a big test to the Whalers. They are 9-4 this season and currently the #9 seed in the Div. 4 standings.

Boys & Girls Tennis Lose Matches

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The Whaler boys and girls tennis teams were in action on Monday, but both teams were unable to earn victories. The boys lost to the Sturgis West Navigators 3-2 at home while the girls lost to the Navigators 4-1 on the road. The girls were missing six starters due to the Nantucket Scholars dinner and exams while the boys were missing second single Nik Krastev.

Below are the results for both teams as well as some pictures from the boys tennis match taken by Current photographer Chris Tran.


First Single: Boyan Kalpazanov lost his match in straight sets 3-6, 1-6.

Second Single: Henry Kathawala played a very impressive match against Ben Bass. The two have had some excellent matchups in past meetings and Monday’s was no different. Kathawala was able to sneak away with a win in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 and impressed head coach David Cheever.

Third Single: Hawkin Edwardes lost his match in straight sets 4-6, 4-6. Both sets came down to the wire and Edwardes looked like he may come away with a win in both of them before ultimately coming up just short. He put together an overall very impressive performance filling in for Krastev as one of the Whaler’s three singles.

First Double: Soren Edwardes and Forbes Keating came up just short in their first set 6-7, and eventually lost the match in straight sets after losing the second set 0-6.

Second Double: Sam Iller and Fuller Holland continue to make up a formidable duo and won their match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Nantucket is now 5-7 this season. Their next match is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. against St. John Paul II on the island.

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First Single: Lily Chibnik lost her match in straight sets 2-6, 0-6

Second Single: Fiona Keltz lost her match in straight sets 4-6, 6-7.

Third Single: Viktoria Bozhkova won her match in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. A signature win for the freshman, who has been solid as a doubles player and now, has earned her first singles win of her varsity career.

First Double: Sara Dussault and Sutton LeBrecht lost their match in three sets. They won the first set 7-6 but were unable to keep that momentum going into the final two sets – losing them 4-6, 4-6.

Second Double: Emery Bouchard and Molly Parsons lost their matchup in straight sets 1-6, 1-6.

The Whalers are now 7-4 this season and will try to get back in the win column on Wednesday, May 15 when they travel to the Cape to play St. John Paul II at 4 p.m.

Baseball’s Comeback Falls Just Short Against Cape Tech

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Senior captain Shea Dwyer during Nantucket's home matchup against Cape Tech earlier this season. Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler baseball team was hoping to win their second consecutive win on Monday against Cape Cod Regional Tech High School after their thrilling 1-0 victory over O’Bryant on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Whalers, they lost another close game to the Crusaders 5-4 on the road after losing at home to Cape Tech 3-2 earlier this season.

Senior captain Shea Dwyer threw five innings and struck out seven batters while allowing four runs. He also drove in freshman catcher Eli MacIver in the first inning with an RBI single. It was another solid outing for Dwyer, and he kept the Whalers within striking distance as the game progressed.

In the fifth, with the Whalers trailing 4-1, they clawed back into the game. MacIver was hit by a pitch and Dwyer then proceeded to hit a double to drive him in. Dwyer eventually scored after a fielder’s choice by sophomore Ronald Del Rosario Gomez to make it 4-3.

In the sixth, freshman outfielder Alex Horton reached base on a single and Dwyer drove him in with a fielder’s choice to notch his third RBI of the game and more importantly, tie the game 4-4.

Unfortunately for the Whalers, the Crusaders still had some offense left in the tank and added one more run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 game.

Nantucket had one more chance to score in the top half of the seventh and the inning began with promise. Sophomore Henry Tejada began the inning with a leadoff single, and sophomore Brock Beamish moved him over to second base with a well-executed sacrifice bunt. With the tying run in scoring position, the Whalers were unable to take advantage – striking out back-to-back to end the game.

Nantucket is now 2-11 this season. Their next game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at home against the Monomoy Sharks at 4 p.m.

Softball Improves To 5-5

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The Nantucket softball team exploded for 21 runs on Tuesday en route to a 21-7 win over the Barnstable Red Hawks on the road in five innings. Nantucket's offense was on fire early, scoring nine runs in the first two innings.

Outside of five run third inning, the Whalers were strong defensively and limited the offensive production for Barnstable. Nantucket pulled away late with a seven run fifth inning.

Nantucket will try to improve to 6-5 this season and their win streak to four games when they host the Sturgis East Storm on Thursday, May 16 at 3:45 p.m.

Sailing Loses To Falmouth

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While the Nantucket sailing team lost to the Falmouth Clippers 3-1 at home on Tuesday, assistant coach Jim Meehan was on the scene to capture photos throughout the regatta. He shared some with the Current and we have added some below.

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Wednesday, May 15:

The baseball team will be at home facing Monomoy at 4 p.m.

The boys tennis team will be at home facing St. John Paul II at 4 p.m.

The boys lacrosse team will be facing the Abington Green Wave in a big Div. 4 matchup on the road at 3:30 p.m.

The girls tennis team will be on the road facing St. John Paul II at 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 16:

The softball team will be at home facing the Sturgis East Storm at 3:45 p.m.

The girls lacrosse team will be on the road facing Bridgewater-Raynham at 3:30 p.m.

The sailing team will be on the road facing Monomoy at 4 p.m.

For more coverage of all the Nantucket spring sports teams, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or X (Twitter). You can follow photographer Chris Tran by clicking here. You can view the MIAA power rankings here.

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