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.
Salem State 1, Rhode Island College 0: Senior Ryan Sharp threw five shutout innings in a rain shortended win that was Salem State’s third consecutive by way of the shutout. Richard Fecteau scored Salem State’s run on a wild pitch after reaching on a walk and Sharp limited the hosts to three hits while fanning four as the Vikings improved to 7-8.
Endicott Sweeps: The Gulls (10-5) grabbed both ends of a doubleheader with Roger Williams, winning 8-4 and 3-1 to open their Commonwealth Coast Conference slate. Harry Oringer and Eric Lemke had RBIs in the eighth inning of the 3-1 win and Tyler Hitchcock went the distance to improve to 3-0. Oringer had two more RBIs and Tad Gold drove in a pair in the nigthcap and Zac Poland struck out six in five innings to win.