CAMBRIDGE — There are few things in life that are fair. In fact, it’s often said that life itself is not fair.
Sports aren’t supposed to fall in line there. Everything in sports should be decided between the lines. Teams win because they make more plays than the other; that’s usually how it works.
The Hingham boys lacrosse team probably made one more play than Beverly yesterday afternoon to escape Harvard Stadium with a 9-8 overtime win, yet it still feels like an unjust ending to the season for Panthers’ senior goalie Kevin Lally.
The lasting image from the end of the game will be Hingham’s Matt Rosso slipping a shot over Lally’s right shoulder and into the lower corner of the net, followed by Lally collapsing in the crease before being helped up by his teammates.
It’s possible that no one took the loss harder than Lally. It’s also true that no one made more plays than Lally.
“He’s the best goalie in the league, by far. He kept us in that whole game. Hingham is a great team,” junior attackman Nick Albano said. “Lally stood on his head the whole year; he’s been unbelievable.”
Hingham came in with the big reputation, a pair of All-Americans, and a plus-44 goal differential in its three tournament wins coming into the state semifinal.
Lally, who is about 5-foot-7, stood tall in net, taking away good Harbormen scoring opportunities all game.
He made 16 saves in all, including one in overtime that gave Beverly a chance to win and one late in regulation that eventually led to the game-tying goal.
“Their goalie was lights out, especially in the first half,” Hingham coach John Todd said. “The kids came to play. He did his job in net, not letting them fall too far behind.”