Weekend Whaler Sports Roundup May 12-14, 2023

David Creed •

There were plenty of games over the weekend, with sailing the only Whaler sports team not to play. The boys lacrosse team was the only road team to play and came away with the most satisfying result.

Boys Lax Blows Out Weymouth

Junior attacker Cole Chambers
Photo by Chris Tran

The boys lacrosse team finds itself in the midst of its best stretch of games of the season. They were riding high following their upset win over the Sandwich Blue Knights on Thursday 5-3, and hoped to carry that momentum into a Saturday morning matchup against Weymouth, on the road at 10:45 p.m.

The Whalers won the game 16-4. While Weymouth entered the matchup 0-12, the Div. I program has a schedule packed with elite programs which had Nantucket entering the game with the mindset that the record likely would not reflect the quality of team the Wildcats are.

Jack Halik led Nantucket with five goals while Cole Chambers, Colby O’Keefe, and Michael Culkins each had three goals (Chambers added three assists; O’Keefe had two assists). Ryan Davis also finished the day with one goal and one assist. Kinnick King added one goal as well. Arann Hanlon and Sean Murphy each had two assists.

Nantucket is now 9-4 this season with four regular season games remaining on their schedule. The Whalers will be back in action on Monday, May 15 when they host the Cardinal Spellman Cardinals at 4 p.m. Nantucket traveled to Cardinal Spellman for a game earlier this month, winning that matchup 15-6 on May 6. On Tuesday, May 16, the Whalers will be traveling to Falmouth to play the Clippers at 3:30 p.m. Falmouth and Nantucket met on the island late last month and after the Clippers took a 9-1 lead, the Whalers nearly completed the incredible comeback before coming up just short in a 9-8 defeat.

The Clippers are the #5 ranked team in Div. 3 and have an 11-4 record. They are also winners of five of their last six games. The Cardinals are 0-13 this season and are also a Div. 3 program.

Girls Tennis Loses Two Entertaining Games To Martha’s Vineyard

Junior Joan Harris
Photo by David Creed

The girls tennis team had a doubleheader at home against Martha’s Vineyard (9-3) Saturday afternoon, narrowly losing both matches 2-3.

Junior Hannah Gerardi had a very impressive day as Nantucket’s third singles player. She won both of her matches on the day.

Julia Swietlik was a part of two doubles victories for the Whalers. The first win was with freshman Sutton LeBrecht by her side and the second victory was with senior Lydia Johnson alongside her. Head coach Luke Thornewill described Saturday’s matchups as being “super close” and pointed out that in terms of competitiveness and final scores, this was as close as Nantucket has come to knocking off the Vineyard’s strong tennis program.

The Whalers are now 3-9 this season and will be right back in action today, May 15 when they travel to Bishop Connolly for a 3:30 p.m. game.

Boys Tennis Falls On Vineyard 4-1

Freshman Nik Krastev
Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler boys tennis team lost to the undefeated Martha’s Vineyard Vineyarders (11-0) on the road Saturday afternoon 4-1, but freshman Nik Krastev continues to have a fabulous freshman season and won his matchup as Nantucket’s third singles player against Jack Marsharo.

Krastev won in straight sets, although both sets required lengthy play. He won set one 6-4 and won set two 7-5.

Nantucket is now 6-5 this season and they will be back in action on Wednesday, May 17 when they host the Rising Tide Herons at 4 p.m.

Baseball Drops Three Games Over Weekend

Ronald Del Rosario Gomez
Ronald Del Rosario Gomez. Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler baseball team lost three games this weekend. On Friday, they traveled to Monomoy (8-8) to take on the Sharks but lost 14-4.

On Saturday, they had a home doubleheader. In game one they faced O’Bryant (8-7) and lost 9-1. Senior first baseman Will Ciarmataro produced the only Whaler run in the game when he hit an opposite field double to drive in senior catcher Argelis Nunez.

In game two, Nantucket hosted Boston Latin Academy (11-5). The Whalers were unable to get much offense going in a 10-0 shutout.

Nantucket is now 1-11 this season and their next game will be on Tuesday, May 16 when they travel to Fairhaven (8-4) for a 4:00 p.m. game.

Senior Colin Lynch
Senior Colin Lynch. Photo by Chris Tran
baseball photos
Photos by Chris Tran

Softball Loses Both Games Of Saturday Doubleheader

Sophia Yelverton
Sophia Yelverton. Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler softball team had a doubleheader on Saturday, losing both games. They lost to Boston Latin Academy (4-9) 23-0 in game one and in game two against O’Bryant (8-6), they lost 28-9. Nantucket is now 3-11 this season and their next game will be on Friday, May 19 on Nantucket when they host the Sturgis East Storm (12-1) at 4 p.m. The Whalers faced Sturgis East on the road earlier this season, losing that game 15-3.

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