The Varsity Girls Lacrosse team is seeing a challenging practice regimen pay off, starting their season with a win away and three at home, followed by a loss to Pope John Paul II, for a 4-1 record. They played Monomoy Regional High School at Monomoy on March 30 and won 17-8, and Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School at home on April 1, for a final score of 17-7. They defeated Cape Cod Academy with 21 points to CCA’s 6, and won in overtime against Sturgis West Charter School thanks to a game-winning shot by junior Nina Wilson, for a final score of 7-6, taking their first loss against PJPII by 4-19.
Facing Monomoy, an individual team for the first time this year after playing previously as a joint team with Cape Cod Tech, the Whalers were unsure what to expect but played strongly. Junior Captain Katherine Pittman scored the first goal of the season, which she followed with five more goals but was penalized for a dangerous shot around half time and had to sit out for the rest of the game. Wilson was the second leading scorer, with four goals. The Whalers were in the lead for the entire game, and let in only two goals during the entire second half, with freshman Emma Chambers starting as varsity goalie.
The first home game of the season, against Dennis-Yarmouth, saw a similar pattern of a strong start and a stronger finish; only one of Dennis-Yarmouth’s seven goals was scored in the second half. Pittman was again the leading scorer, with seven goals.
The girls then faced a younger team when they played CCA on April 10, in which they won 21-6, with no single player scoring more than three goals. The game against Sturgis West was the first close score; the Lady Whalers maintained a tight lead throughout the game until the score was tied, then headed into a sudden-death overtime. On three separate occasions, goals were scored in overtime by Nantucket but weren’t counted; Wilson ultimately scored the winning goal.
After losing a substantial amount of starters to the Spanish Club trip, a depleted but nonetheless strong team faced PJPII, but unfortunately came away with a 4-19 loss.
Head Coach Rafael Osona spoke to the experience of coaching at the varsity level for the first time following his years as a Junior Varsity coach for girls soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, saying, “a lot of the faces I get to coach are faces from a lot of the other JV sports I was coaching, like basketball, so it’s really cool to see the girls progress from that level to this level.”
Osona also recognized the exceptional level of enthusiasm on the team this year. “I would say the excitement level for this team is probably the highest I’ve had as a coach; I see a lot of optimism and really good energy, which I think in general NHS has, but this year is something special for sure,” said Osona.
Senior Captain KD Tornovish echoed the sentiment, saying that, “this is the strongest group of girls I’ve played with all throughout high school considering all our individual talents all put together. We have really strong speed, offense, defense, and shooting skills throughout the team. Our diverse skill sets help us to work very well together in that sense.”
“I hope to see us continue to come together and work as a team the way we have been doing,” said Pittman. “I also hope we make playoffs and become league champs for the first time, but beyond that have fun and support each other throughout the season.”
Looking forward, Osona commends the team’s speed and athleticism, as well as its intelligence, but notes becoming ambidextrous as an area of improvement to focus on. As a major goal for the season, Osona simply states that he wants, “to see the team reach our potential.