“I thought Andrew Irving had a great attitude, especially in the first half. He was really fired up,” explained Pynchon.
The Chieftain midfielders woke up in the second half and began to really push their offense. Beverly expanded its lead to 12-4 early in the fourth quarter with goals from Page, Shipp and Abate, but Masco scored the final six goals of the game to make things interesting.
“That was the best second half we’ve had all season. I think the whole team turned it around,” said Cobb. “But you can’t start slow against a team like Beverly and expect to win.”
Attacker Cam Jung scored both of his goals in man-up situations for the Chieftains when he was able to sneak around from X to the crease where both times, Harry Cwik passed him the ball and on each occasion, and Jung finished with a shot fading away from the cage.
Cwik (3 goals, 2 assists), Trevor Surette (2 goals) and Henry Behrens (2 goals, assist) played a frantic but effective brand of lacrosse in the fourth quarter, knowing their team would need to score in bunches and in a hurry to make a comeback.
Surette, a lefty, and Behrens, a righty, both took advantage of a few isolations to their strong sides. Cwik, meanwhile, scored both his markers in the fourth quarter.
The comeback wouldn’t have been possible without Masco faceoff guy Dylan Mann, however, who was playing in his first game back from injury after being sidelined for the last eight games. He was 13-for-17 on draws in the second half, which allowed the Chieftains to score and then regain possession without the ball ever getting to the dangerous Beverly midfield and attack.