It’s remarkable what a single win midway through the season can do from a team’s morale.
Take for instance Bishop Fenwick’s victory over arch rival St. Mary’s last week. The Crusaders were coming off a loss against Archbishop Williams after winning five straight.
The Spartan game was one that coach Paul Lyman said that his team, “couldn’t afford to lose.”
“Both teams played great, we just got a couple hits at key times,” Lyman said of the 3-0 victory over St. Mary’s. “After taking the loss in the previous game, the win got us back to where we thought we needed to be.
“Getting the win over a rival team is always nice, but more importantly we played well.”
It’s been several years since Fenwick has been able to top its Lynn nemesis, so much so that Lyman doesn’t even remember the last time the Crusaders beat St. Mary’s.
“It’s funny because someone asked me after the game and I didn’t know,” joked Lyman. “It’s been a while.”
After last week’s win, the Crusaders used the momentum as they traveled to Nantucket and played back-to-back games on the island — picking up a pair of victories to make it three straight.
Fenwick also realized what this week had in store for it, starting with Arlington Catholic on Monday followed by Cardinal Spellman on Wednesday. The Crusaders dropped the previous two games against them at the beginning of the season, but held their own this time around, despite dropping both contests.
“As a veteran team, we know that we lost to two team that are better than us,” noted Lyman. “If we had a young team, they might not have understood that, but a veteran team gets it.”