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April 15, 2013

Abate nets 100th goal in Beverly win

Beverly senior Dom Abate is quite familiar with the back of the net.

So much so that when Abate scored his 100th career goal in Beverly’s 10-4 win over Malden Catholic on Sunday, he had no idea of the milestone he’d reached.

“I didn’t know (it was my 100th goal) until later that night,” explained Abate, who had a hat trick in the win. “It’s not really something you think about, but when it happens, it is a milestone you can feel good about.”

Beverly coach John Pynchon was pleased to see Abate reach the milestone, and he knows how much work his senior midfielder has put into lacrosse.

“The last four years we’ve really kind of turned Beverly (lacrosse) around to the way it used to be and he has been such an instrumental part in all the success we’ve had. At the basketball banquet (Panthers hoop coach) Scott Lewis said something along the lines of, every team he’s on, they win,” Pynchon said.

“He’s a tremendous competitor, works hard, is serious about playing the game and he’s a natural goal scorer. He’s had a great career for three years and this year hopefully will be the crowning achievement for him.”

Abate has a lot things to feel good about right now as his Panthers sit at 5-0 after Saturday’s win.

“I think obviously 5-0 is a great start, but I think we have a lot of room for improvement,” noted Abate. “I love the team we have this year and I think we can improve on the first part of the season.”

Goal number 100 came for Abate on what he called a “time and room goal” when he took a pass from attackman Ryan Shipp and ripped a shot from the perimeter past the MC goalie.

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