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April 8, 2014

Beverly lacrosse knocks off Danvers

BEVERLY — It took time for the Beverly boys lacrosse team to get what it wanted yesterday afternoon. And it’s going to take time for the Danvers boys lacrosse team to get where it wants to go, too.

The Panthers broke open a tight game in the third quarter and held off an up-and-coming Danvers team, 10-5, at Beverly High School.

The Falcons’ goal was to slow the game down and keep Beverly away from their crease. But the Panthers remained patient and outscored Danvers, 4-1, in the third quarter. Beverly also had a five-goal run that began with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter and didn’t end until Danvers’ Jay Calcagno scored with 2:35 to play.

It took awhile for the Panthers to crack Danvers’ zone defense, but once they did they were able to get separation. Sophomore attackman Hunter Spencer had four goals and two assists to lead the hosts; Nick Albano scored two goals and dished out four assists, and Matt Page came through with four goals and one assist.

“It was a game of patience,” Beverly (2-1) coach John Pynchon said. “We actually didn’t really change much. We did switch Hunter and Nick and I think that led to two goals right off the bat, but offensively, scheme-wise, we kept doing what we were trying to do the whole game. It just took time. We were patient, which I was really excited about.”

Danvers (1-1) coach Tim Murphy came into the season confident that this is the year the Falcons can contend with Beverly and Marblehead for the Northeastern Conference crown. The Falcons showed signs yesterday, but there’s still work to be done.

“We’re just going to add in some more situational pressure defense, different faceoff options and switching our offense around a little bit to try to pick on weaknesses if they’re exposed on another team,” Murphy said. “We’re getting there and we were learning as the game played. The defenders reacted and recognized mistakes and were able to fix mistakes. We’ll keep working; it’s still early and there’s plenty of season left.”

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