MARBLEHEAD — When Peabody High senior Josh Fiore scored midway through the second quarter yesterday, the Tanners had pulled within one goal — and host Marblehead appeared to have a battle on its hands.
Instead of opting for strategic adjustments during halftime, though, Magicians’ coach John Wilkens focused on the mental side of the game ... and the team responded with a huge second half.
Marblehead scored seven straight goals at one point, breaking open a tight game and cruising to a 12-5 win over the Tanners at Piper Field.
“We had to play with a little passion, with a hunger,” Wilkens said. “Lacrosse is a game of momentum and if you play with enthusiasm, it’s amazing.
“These are high school kids and sometimes they’re down, sometimes they’re up, so you gotta push them a little bit. But, yeah, it was a nice second half.”
Dean Fader scored for Marblehead (2-2) with just under six minutes to play in the first half to push the Magicians’ lead to two goals (5-3), which stood up until halftime.
Jack Collins scored early in the third quarter to help send Marblehead on its long run. The Magicians outscored Peabody 4-0 in the third quarter to take control.
“It was too bad, because we worked really hard. We’re still finding our way offensively and finding the right guys in the right spots,” Peabody coach Anthony O’Donnell said. “We played with them the whole first half. We made a couple mistakes, not slide with the body. And we gave up in the fourth quarter; that’s real disappointing because that’s not us. We’re going to have a talk about that.”
Peabody did play with the hosts throughout the first half, holding its own at the faceoff X, playing tough defense and finishing a few opportunities.