DANVERS — Someday, John Pynchon might figure out what he did to upset the lacrosse gods.
A personal losing streak was extended yesterday morning for Pynchon, the Beverly boys lacrosse coach who has been on the wrong side of the St. John’s Prep-Beverly rivalry in the last eight meetings he’s been involved with. Pynchon’s eighth straight defeat in the series came in dramatic fashion at Cronin Field as the Eagles stormed back from a five-goal halftime deficit to win 13-11.
St. John’s Prep is an elite Division 1 program in Massachusetts, so there’s no shame for Beverly dropping a tough battle against the Eagles. What makes Pynchon’s streak interesting is that he’s been a part of both teams.
Pynchon graduated from St. John’s Prep and lost to Beverly in both his junior and senior years. Now, after yesterday’s setback, he’s lost all six meetings with the Prep since becoming the Panthers’ head coach.
“I haven’t won a Beverly-St. John’s game since I was a sophomore,” Pynchon said. “There was a great picture in the Salem News, we beat (Beverly) in the playoffs and I was covering Craig Boaman. It was down here (in Danvers) and we beat them in a home playoff game. That was the last time I won.”
Not only did it appear that Pynchon’s streak would end throughout the first half of yesterday’s game, it also seemed like the Panthers had the potential to blow out their Division 1 opponent.
Beverly (5-1) started quickly with a 3-0 lead — two unassisted goals by senior midfielder Dom Abate — and answered an early second quarter Prep run by scoring five consecutive goals for a 9-3 lead. Beverly still seemed to have all the momentum at the half, even after St. John’s Prep junior attack Andrew Gallahue scored 21 seconds before intermission.