The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) varsity boys lacrosse team’s unbeaten string ended definitively on Saturday at Dan McCarthy field with a 12-4 drubbing by the Plymouth South Panthers, now 3-1 on the season.
The Vineyarders, 4-0 entering the match, never got on track against a big, fast Panther squad who grabbed an early 3-0 advantage in the first period en route to a 9-2 first-half bulge. Jacob Gundersen and Riley Amaral potted first-half goals for MVRHS.
The Panthers added three more second-half goals before John Morris set up Sam Wallace, then Zach Moreis in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to 12-4.
The Vineyarders, frustrated by the speed and precision of the Panther game, took seven penalties after three games that were nearly penalty-free. The Panthers, coming off their own 15-2 loss to Duxbury High School, were ready on Saturday, winning all 20 of the faceoffs in the game, fighting for loose balls, and patiently using perimeter passes to create open shooting lanes in the offensive end.