MVRHS girls lax secures tourney berth

Vineyarders handle Stang 16-9 after clinching with 13-5 win at Nauset.

Addy Hayman makes her way through Stang defenders. — John Zarba

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls varsity lacrosse team cruised to a 16-9 win over visiting Bishop Stang High School on Wednesday, a day after clinching a state tournament berth with a 13-5 road win at Nauset High School.

The Vineyarders are 11-2 on the season, with six games remaining. Against Stang on Tuesday, junior Addy Hayman scored six goals with two assists. Alexis Condon had two goals and three assists, Sophie Combra scored twice and had an assist, Lily Pigott had two goals and two assists, Louise McDonald had two goals and an assist, and Kat O’Brien also scored for the Vineyarders.

The Vineyarders jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, and after Stang closed to 4-2, MVRHS scored five straight to expand the margin to 9-2 by halftime. The Vineyarders would expand their lead to 13-3 with 16 minutes remaining in the second half. The Vineyarders subbed frequently at that point, and the game took on some entertaining aspects as the team traded goals the rest of the way. The Vineyarders put their offense on ice late in the game, essentially playing keep-away during the last five minutes.

The most memorable moment came with just over 10 minutes remaining, when the Stang goalie found herself 30 yards away from her net in possession. Her clearing pass was picked off by Addy Hayman, who fed Sophie Combra standing 30 feet from a completely open net, into which she carefully deposited the ball.

The scariest moment came with 6:55 left, when Lily Pigott, one of the Vineyarders’ grittiest competitors, took a stick to the head that stretched her out next to the Vineyarder goal. Trainer Tania Laslovich took Pigott off the field on the medical cart, but she was back on the sidelines within a few minutes, holding an ice pack on her head.

Addy Hayman had nine goals and two assists against Nauset on Monday. Alexis Condon, Sophie Combra, Skyla Harthcock, and Louise McDonald also scored against Nauset. Hayman is a gifted but quiet team player who has amassed 66 goals and 97 total points this season, and is within striking distance of 300 career points as a junior.

At this point, the Vineyarders are playing for the best seed possible, but have a challenge or two left, including Falmouth at 13-1. Next up is winless Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School (0-12) on Friday at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.