The MVRHS girls lacrosse team hosted the Warriors of Nauset High School on Saturday in a non-conference game, and came away with a well-earned 14-11 victory. A small but hardy crowd braved wintry conditions, and were rewarded with an exciting contest that was not decided until the final minutes.
The Vineyarders opened the game with five quick goals, and dominated throughout the first half. Their team speed was on display as they executed numerous field-length fast breaks that allowed them to control the ball and set up their offense.
“We like to run because it leads to good field position and puts pressure on the other team,” said first-year Vineyard Coach Bob Hayman after the game. “The idea is to control the play and keep the ball in the other team’s end.”
That’s exactly where the ball was for much of the half. Running their “motion” offense, with continuous cutting and passing, the Vineyarders created one excellent scoring opportunity after another. The result was a 10-4 MV lead at the half with five girls sharing the scoring.
The second half saw a shift in momentum. Perhaps energized by the cold temperatures, Nauset came out strong and did some running of their own. The Warriors quickly cut the lead to 10-7. Then, after two Vineyard scores, the visitors came right back with another string of four goals and trailed by only two,13-11, with three minutes left. But MV settled down, using their ball-control game to stifle Nauset’s offense. Audrey McCarron’s goal with one minute to go was the clincher for the hosts.
The Vineyard, now 3-2 on the season, were led by freshman Addy Hayman with four goals, all in the first half; both McCarron and Lacey Dinning scored three times. For Nauset, whose record fell to 2-3, captain Caley Fry netted three goals. MV’s Sam Hargy and Nauset’s Hanna Whalen sparkled in goal throughout. Both had nine saves.
The Vineyarders’ next game is Tuesday, April 26, when they host Coyle and Cassidy in a conference matchup.