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March 17, 2014

Beverly hockey notebook: Doherty was a presence all night for Panthers

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Beverly's four-man defensive corps of two-year captain Matt Hamor, fellow captain Sean Munzing, senior Jack Morency and junior Nick Albano were also immense in keeping Medfield both off the scoreboard and away from goaltender Tim Birarelli.

"It was just about playing our game, chipping the puck out, and trying to generate offense from our defense," said Munzing.

"They had a lot of speed and came at us pretty good," added Hamor, "but we just had to stick with what we do well. There was no panic."

As seniors, Hamor, Munzing and Morency definitely played their last games for the Orange-and-Black last night. It's very likely that Albano did, too; an outstanding lacrosse player, he might be transferring out to prep school and repeating his junior year.

"It's a great way to go out," said Morency. "To be able to play at the Garden and win the program's first state title, it doesn't get any better."

Munzing had perhaps the best line of the quartet.

"I may have finished my career without a goal," chuckled Munzing, who had 16 career assists, "but I'll take a state title any day."

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Medfield bench boss Toby Carlow said his team was able to hit a couple of long home run passes up the boards in the first period, leading to mini-breakaways on Birarelli, but that the Panthers adjusted over the final two stanzas.

"They did a better job (of) not leaving that weak side open," said the Warriors' coach. "They're a strong side forechecking team and we knew from watching some stuff (on them) they'd sometimes have three guys on one side, leaving some of the ice (open) and we could have a wide lane.

"But they're a well-coached team and picked up on what (they were doing), so they moved one guy to the other side of the ice to cut off that pass. And even if we did make the pass, they'd backcheck hard and we couldn't get away for a shot."

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