EASTHAM — The Nauset Regional High School spring sports season officially got underway on Monday with seven varsity teams returning to practice.
Nauset baseball starts its first season under Coach Doug Mason following the departure of Kevin Curtin. The Warriors, coming off a 13-8 overall record and a second straight Cape and Islands Atlantic Division championship, will be looking to improve on their first-round exit in the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament. They were eliminated by Westfield in dramatic fashion last June.
The baseball team lost seven seniors, including a trio from the starting pitching rotation, their starting catcher and shortstop, and an outfielder. Nauset starts the season on the road at St. John Paul II at McKeon Field in Hyannis on April 4.
The Nauset boys lacrosse team lost just two regular season games a year ago, posting a 16-2 record overall and a 10-1 mark in league play en route to a Cape and Islands Atlantic Division championship. The Warriors were upended by Billerica Memorial in the Division 2 State Tournament Round of 16. Head coach Jesse Peno will be without seven seniors when the Warriors open the season at Mansfield on March 30.
Peno’s squad will have a juggernaut attack, however, featuring seniors Andrew Berardi, Quinn Mucha, and Cooper McIntire. Nauset outscored opponents 284-108 last season and will be hoping to lean on that offensive output again this year.
Girls lacrosse, meanwhile, took a step in the right direction last year. After going winless in 2021, the Warriors notched four wins and finished the year at 4-14. Six losses came by three goals or fewer; two were by a single goal.
Head Coach Heather Stevens said goodbye to five seniors: Emily Pearl, Brady Deschamps, Allie Hull, Tarris Green, and Julia Weiner. All played pivotal roles. This year, the team will be led by juniors Coral Punch and Sienna Reeves and freshman Julia Kipperman.
Girls lacrosse opens its season at home against St. John Paul II on March 31.
The Nauset co-ed sailing team is coming off a 5-5-1 record. The team will be without its Cape and Islands Women’s Champions Olivia Horton and Caroline Keeffe-Jones, who both graduated in 2022 with three other seniors. The Warriors open the year against Dennis-Yarmouth at Orleans Yacht Club on April 4.
Nauset softball will return to the diamond for its first game on April 3 against Sturgis East Charter School at Lopes Field. Head Coach Harold Pini welcomes back starting pitchers seniors Lili Hay and Kaylee Davis, as well as the starting catcher, senior Grace Harris.
Nauset girls golf will open the year against Monomoy on April 4 at Captains Golf Course. Last year’s seniors Isabel Cook, Lauren Knight, Charlotte Labranche, and Ava McGrath graduated.
Nauset girls return to the tennis courts when they host St. John Paul II in the first of back-to-back home matches on April 3. The Warriors narrowly made it to postseason play last year, finishing with a 9-9 record before falling to 3-2 to Walpole in the Division 2 tournament. Kathleen Tringale’s team had a season-best run of five consecutive victories but ended the year with three straight losses, including their defeat in the playoffs.
The Warriors boys tennis team went from a 4-6 record in 2021 to a 14-5 mark in 2022. They strung together winning streaks of six and five, including a stretch that saw them vault their way into the Division 2 State Tournament. They lost to Mansfield in the Round of 32.
Head Coach Andy Lisle, entering his fourth season with the Warriors, lost just two seniors from last year’s team. He will have an experienced group that could include seven upperclassmen.
Nauset boys track went 6-1 in the 2022 season, while the girls were 4-3. They both open up the season at Barnstable on March 30. Sophomore Rihanna Sutherland, junior Aidan Brown, and seniors Damien Bebber and Ceci LaBarge all had strong winter indoor seasons for the Warriors.
Saturday, March 25
Boys Lacrosse: Nauset goes to Scituate High School for a preseason jamboree with Milton, Canton, and Scituate, beginning at 10 a.m.
Monday, March 27
Girls Lacrosse: The Warriors host Monomoy for a preseason game at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28
Boys Lacrosse: Cape Cod Tech visits Nauset for a 4 p.m. scrimmage.
Wednesday, March 29
Girls Lacrosse: Nauset welcomes Bourne High School for a scrimmage at 4 p.m.