What followed was six straight losses, culminating with a disappointing result at the TD Garden against Bishop Fenwick. A game that Triton led and controlled for much of its majority was lost with sloppy fourth quarter play and a plethora of turnovers.
Just two days later, the Vikings pulled out a one-point victory against Amesbury, which would be its final win of the season. After eight straight losses to finish the year, including five straight games with under 40 points, Triton would finish with a 4-16 record.
“There are things that I can't account for if the kids' hearts aren't there, and if they're not willing to listen to the coaching staff,” Clay said. “There was a lot that went in to our downfall this year with kids not listening. We need a leader and someone to take accountability for this team. We need a player-driven team where the kids hold each other accountable and we didn't see that this year.”
Because of the heavy workload that stands ahead, Triton has wasted no time in turning the page to next season. Cam Armand and Ellsworth Rogers, captains for next season, have led the way in the organization of off-season training regimens.
“We have a 20-game spring league schedule already set up,” Clay said. “I have four of the five varsity starters playing in a spring league and they're really devoted to getting better. They want to win. The captains themselves, Cam and Ellsworth, have taken on the responsibility of organizing it and getting the team together. They seem to be taking an ownership for the team and their players.”
If Triton's entire team returns for next season, the Vikings will have 10 seniors – far and away the most of any local program. Because of this, there is a tempered excitement about next season and what it may hold.