The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) extended their undefeated season to 4-0 on Tuesday with a 17-2 drubbing of Coyle and Cassidy High School Tuesday afternoon on a chilly but dry day at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.
Ten Vineyarders scored against the undermanned Warriors, led by Sam Wallace and Riley Amaral with three goals each. Colby Zarba scored two, along with a team-high five assists. Eamon Sayles also had a pair, and John Morris, Hunter Athearn, Zach Moreis, Ivan Shepard, and Aiden Marek each scored once.
The game was not as close as the score would indicate. But for the work of acrobatic Warrior goaltender John Simonson and several Vineyarder shots that hit posts or were just wide, the
Vineyarders would have had a half-dozen more.
Sam Wallace scored just over a minute into the contest, and the rout was on. The Vineyarders led 8-1 at halftime, and continued the assault in the second half. Hunter Athearn handled faceoffs and won nine ground balls, while the Vineyarder offense used perfect positioning and patience, opting against so-so shots and making the extra pass for better scoring chances.
The Vineyarders presented a completely different personality from the group that began the season with first-half tentativeness against perennial EAC champion Bishop Feehan. The Vineyarders clicked late in the first half against the Shamrocks, and showed up as an aggressive but disciplined bunch with a varied attack against Coyle and Cassidy.
Winning ground balls is a key to success in lacrosse, and the Vineyard won 40 ground balls on Tuesday. In comparison, they won 27 grounders in a 9-6 win over Monomoy on Monday in which five players scored, including a Riley Amaral hat trick. The undefeated Vineyarders also dispatched a solid Plymouth North team by a 12-7 count last Saturday.
Tuesday’s win against the Warriors in Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) has them at 2-0 in league play.
The Vineyarders have work to do. Bishop Stang, for example, looks strong in the EAC early going, but as Coach Chris Greene told his charges on Tuesday in the postgame huddle, “It’s been a long time, five or six years, since we were undefeated to start a season.”
The Vineyarders next play Plymouth South on Saturday, April 14, at 11:30 in Oak Bluffs.