The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys lacrosse team, which went into the playoffs following a stellar 11-7 season, lost to Hanover 12-4 in the first round of the MIAA South Sectional Division 3 playoffs Monday. It was the last game for 14 graduating seniors, who composed nearly half of the entire team, and the entire defense.
The boys played their last regular-season home game on Thursday against Dennis-Yarmouth. They were joined by their parents on field before the game, as part of senior day festivities.
Boys lacrosse coach Chris Green spoke briefly about the impact of the departing seniors before the boys presented flowers to their parents on the field. With their eyes seemingly already on the playoffs, the boys dropped their last regular-season game 6-4. Tom Irwin, Greg McCarron, Spencer Schofield, and Mike Morris each scored one goal in the loss.
Four days later, on Monday, the ninth-seeded Vineyarders traveled to play eighth seed Hanover. The Vineyard took time to settle into the game and find its rhythm. Hanover jumped on the opportunity, taking a 3-0 advantage into the second quarter.
The Vineyard played them even through the second, down 4-1 at halftime. Martha’s Vineyard looked to have gotten something going early in the second half after scoring a quick goal, but again Hanover answered, making it 6-3 after three quarters. As the fourth quarter wore on, Hanover were fielding more ground balls and winning more faceoffs, making it impossible for the Vineyard to chip away at the small lead. Eventually the game fell out of reach for the Island team, and they lost 12-4.
Mike Morris and Austin Chandler each scored one goal, while Jacob Gunderson scored two. Senior goalie Austin Fournier, one of the Vineyard’s best players the entire season, ended his lacrosse career on a high note, notching double-digit saves.
Instead of lamenting over the number of departing players, Assistant Coach Tom Keller said the team was lucky to have had so many seniors for the entire season.
“Having 14 seniors was amazing,” Coach Keller said. “This season was the first time in a long time where we were not physically overmatched. We had the size and strength that matched up well with other, larger teams.”
Despite the playoff loss, close observers agreed the boys lacrosse team had a successful season, and the Vineyard boys should hold their heads high.