TOPSFIELD — Masconomet boys lacrosse coach Tom Cobb is keeping his expectations reasonable for now.
The Chieftains, like many teams in the area, have been outside for less than a week, but their progress has been steady and impressive. That progress has yet to produce a win, however, in two games.
Masco started slow yesterday and made things interesting in the second half before succumbing to Catholic Conference power B.C. High, 10-6.
“We’re using the space and being confident, our sticks are better after four days outside practicing. I think everything has improved a lot in five days, but there’s still a lot of growth (to go),” Cobb said. “We’re hoping to grow all season and surprise somebody at the end.”
Expectations probably shouldn’t be that high for Masco, considering all it has to replace this spring.
Two-time All-American Kurt Hunziker is now playing at Division 1 UMass Amherst and standout classmates Tim Towler, Wes Shrewsbury, Jake Gillespie, and Julian Bandereck have also moved on.
Win or lose, a lot of Masco’s early season games could look the similar to this one.
“Honestly, even with the slow start we played better than we played Monday (in a loss to Acton-Boxboro), but we were just missing a couple steps,” Cobb said. “We were just missing that second slide and those (B.C. High) kids have great sticks. They’re all very talented; you leave kids like that open on the second and they can kind of dunk it if it’s not there.”
B.C. High scored the game’s first three goals and led 4-1 after the first quarter.
Masco started to put things together in the second quarter, playing the visitors even. Henry Behrens, Trevor Surette and Max Craig each scored to keep the Chieftains within striking distance at the half.