WOBURN — Despite monster efforts from senior captains Matt Curran and Grant Thompson, the Hamilton-Wenham boys lacrosse team saw its season come to an end last night after falling, 10-6, to Cohasset in the Division 3 state semifinals.
Thompson made 17 saves and Curran finished with a hat trick, but the Generals (14-6) were held scoreless for the final 16 minutes and 51 seconds after cutting the Skippers’ lead to 7-6 in the midway through the third quarter.
“They have so many athletes (that) I knew we would struggle to generate offense,” admitted Hamilton-Wenham first-year head coach Josh Wedge of Cohasset. “Unfortunately in the first half, we gave them too many easy goals. They have enough skill and talent that they’ll make you pay without giving it to them.”
Curran’s second goal of the game gave Hamilton-Wenham a 4-3 lead in the second quarter.
The Skippers might have scored many more goals if it weren’t for the spectacular play in net by Thompson. His highlight of the night came at the end of the first half when he sprawled out to make a point-blank stop low and off stick-side; Wedge called it the best save he’s ever seen.
Thompson’s play drew high praise from Cohasset head coach James Beaudoin.
“Their goalie was phenomenal. We haven’t seen a better goalie performance against us,” said Beaudoin. “He was better than the kid from Duxbury (the state’s top rated team) — better than everybody.”
Curran, meanwhile, was the reason Hamilton-Wenham was even in the semifinals after his 5-goal performance in the Generals’ 7-6 win over Newburyport in the semifinals. Last night, Curran scored all three of his goals in the first half before the Skippers adjusted and put a long pole on him while forcing H-W to play through its attack.