Opponents have had to give Abate space when the ball’s in his stick because of the speed and shiftiness he plays with. Also, Abate has improved going to his off hand making it that much tougher for opposing long poles to keep him on the perimeter. As he proved Saturday, when opponents give him too much room he has a dangerous enough shot to make them pay.
It’s all been a part of a growing process for Abate, who has been steadily improving since his freshman year. Originally just an offensive player, Abate’s spent the past four years upping his defensive IQ so that he can make that much more of an impact on the lacrosse field.
“I think I’ve grown a lot playing from my freshman year to now. I’ve made huge improvements with being able to go both ways,” said Abate. “When I first started, I strictly played offense but as the years have gone by I’ve been able to learn more about defense to be a two-way player and knowing the game a lot better which coach Pynchon has taught me a ton.”
Abate wasn’t the only contributor in Saturday’s win as Beverly has been firing on all cylinders since beginning the season with a win over Winchester. Shipp continues to establish himself as a premier set-up man with four assists and a goal yesterday.
Junior Matt Page is having a strong season and tallied a hat trick against MC while Nick Albano contributed one goal and three assists and Brendan Flaherty potted a goal.
Freshman Jordan Rawding got his first varsity marker while Kevin Lally made eight saves and long pole Andrew Irving was stout defensively.