By Jeremy Caspe
This past Monday, June 7th, the Nantucket Whalers Boys lacrosse team suffered an upsetting loss to Nauset Highschool with a score of 11-3. With such a young, new team, the Whalers seem to be having a rough season, but they have improved greatly as the season has progressed. The two senior captains this spring, Jack Wilson and James Culkins, have been pushing the team forward through the season, looking at a hopeful win this Wednesday against Sandwich and the Vineyard on Friday. The team lost to Sandwich two weeks prior and is hoping to get a win against them this season.
Senior captain, Jack Wilson, after Monday’s loss, commented, “We need to improve our overall ball movement, passing, shooting, off-ball movement, and working to help each other. Our defense needs to settle down and communicate more. Also, we need to improve our face-off situation.”
He added that “a lot needs to be changed to turn the season around, but we are making very large improvements as the season goes on.” He has hope that the rest of the year, with hard work, will see the team succeeding more than they have thus far. The team, though young, is enthusiastic, and looks forward to chances to prove themselves. Next year they see themselves doing better than they have this season, and with a more tenured team, the chances are good.
As the MIAA lifts the rules on mask-wearing in game, there is a clear difference in the play of the game, as players seem more comfortable while playing. It is hard to be comfortable with teammates you can’t even fully see. This maskless ruling applies to all sports now and it seems to take a load off the athletes backs and help them perform at their highest levels.
With the loss of major power players from last season, many young players have been stepping up, such as Cole Chambers and Jack Halik. Both scored in Monday’s game and were key players in the lineup. It is very obvious that, as years go on, the boys lacrosse team will once again become a league powerhouse team with solid skill and strong talent coming up from the underclassman.
Going forward this season, with a 3-5 losing record and three games left, the team hopes to finish off strong and with more wins; this Wednesday against Sandwich Highschool, Friday against Martha’s Vineyard and, next Monday against Falmouth HS. They could finish this year with a winning record. They are a team to watch.