There was a thirty minute weather delay late in the second quarter of the Beverly boys lacrosse team’s season opener against Winchester today with the Panthers holding a slim lead.
The break in play didn’t deter Beverly one bit as the Panthers pumped in three more goals in the final two minutes of the half as they downed the Sachems 11-5.
“We had a 30 minute rain delay and it didnt phaze us one bit,” said Beverly (1-0) head coach John Pynchon, who’s have opened the season
against Winchester four seasons running. “They’re (Winchester) a good, solid fundamental team that’s well coached. I always like to open up against a strong opponent.”
Dom Abate (four goals), Ryan Shipp (three goals, one assist), Brendan Flaherty (two goals, two assists), Matt Page (goal) and Nick Albano (two assists) did the damage on offense.
Conor Leahy and freshman Jordan Rawding were charged with the faceoff duties and both had success.
Defensively, Andrew Irving and Ty Martz had strong games as did newcomer Mike Dooling, who is playing his very first season of lacrosse as a senior. Kevin Lally made 13 saves between the pipes for Beverly.
Acton-Boxboro 7, Masconomet 5: Masco (0-1) led 5-4 going into the fourth quarter but just couldn’t hold on. Ben Hoesly (one assist) and Henry Behrens had two goals each, Max Craig added a goal and Kevin Gilbert and Harry Cwik had an assist each. Keeper Tighe Van Lenten was outstanding with nine saves while Corey Tines and Aiden Sears played well defensively.
Gordon 3, Curry 1: Ben Davidson scattered three hits over five innings and Brian Harrington threw two scoreless frames for the save as Gordon (10-4) won its league opener. Davidson helped himself with an RBI and Geoff Brown and Alex Potocki also drove in runs.