Even more impressive was the fact that Harbormen All-American midfielder Caleb Brodie didn’t register a single point against the Panthers.
Caleb’s younger brother Jake Brodie was Hingham’s leading goal scorer with a hat trick. He scored twice in the first half-both times scooping up groundballs in a crowd in front of the Beverly net and firing quickly past Lally.
On set plays though, the Harbormen really struggled against a Beverly defensive unit that was playing sophomore Jake Berry in place of senior Dylan Jutras. Lally meanwhile made 18 saves.
“We shut him (Caleb Brodie) off and when he did have the ball we slid early. He’s an All-American so we wanted to limit his touches,” explained Pynchon. “We executed the game plan exactly how we wanted.”
Hignham’s defense focused on shutting down Nick Albano (one goal, two assists), whose only goal was Beverly’s first of the game. The junior attacker factored into the game-tying goal in a big way as he drew the majority of the Harbormen’s attention, holding the ball to the side of the net before firing a perfect pass to Butler.
“We knew they were going to key on him (Albano). I thought Nick did a good job moving the ball and the game-tying goal is a good example,” said Pynchon. “The defense was ball watching his way and he passed it over the top and Ian sticks it. That’s the stuff Albano has done all season.”
Spencer and Matt Page both had two goals while McFarland, Butler, Albano and Clinton Cabral had a marker each. Abate added two assists.
But the Hingham defense held strong in the second half and as heavy rains began to fall late in the third quarter, the game slowed down a lot. The conditions mixed with the Harbormen’s halftime adjustments helped stymie the Beverly attack until Spencer was able to capitalize off of Santilli’s clearing mistake.