The Generals had their best chance to get on the board before the half ended, but Masconomet senior goalkeeper Willie Stewart grabbed H-W captain Russell Grigorian’s hard shot.
“Hamilton-Wenham (now 2-2-4) is not a one-guy team, but Grigorian is excellent and we had to mark him closely,” said Mitchell. “We also had to know where their center back, Nick Loeper, was all the time.
“This is a big win for us. Grammer is a great two-way player, and defensively all 11 players got the job done. Jeff Panella wins a ton of balls in the air and sets the stage for Adam, Heintzelman and Criscione.”
The second half was scoreless, but the Generals did a much better job making runs. Midway through Stewart was injured in a collision and Steve Heintzelman took over for a while. Stewart was able to return late in the game, and Mitchell said he should be fine for today’s match with Lynnfield.
Regan Charie had Masconomet’s best chance midway through the second half, but once again Eager came up big. Grigorian made several runs for Hamilton-Wenham, but the tough Masco defense did a good job containing him.
“They marked him very closely,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Matt Gauron of Grigorian. “Masco made sure they had a guy on him all the time. Going down 2-0 in the first half was tough, but we put together a much better second half. Eager was outstanding once again, and I’m very pleased with the effort I saw from the whole team. We’ll build on that second half against a quality team.”