Brendan Flaherty scored one goal and set up another for Beverly, but stats alone can’t describe what he brings to the table for the Panthers.
Blazing speed makes him so dangerous in transition.
“He get a ball behind the goal and ran all the way down and scored and ran off the field. You can’t stop that. There’s nothing you can do. You can’t even game plan for it,” Pynchon said. “You want to shut him off, well now he’s on defense and he picked up a ground ball. You can’t shut that off. The only thing you can do is hope to slide to him. I think we’re going to see teams slide to us more, which is going to open our attackmen. If they’re slow to slide to Brendan, he’s finishing it.”
Roy said you just have to be prepared to deal with him.
“Unfortunately, that’s where midfielders in good condition help. If you have a long possession on offense and the kid has the gas to clear the ball himself and takes the ball end to end, you just gotta be prepared to run with him,” Roy said. “A lot of midfielders aren’t necesarily ready to do that. It’s difficult to defend.”
Keifer Heckman continues to score at a tremendous pace for the Peabody boys and that is due in some part to the emergence of Nick Ouellette as another strong scoring option for the Tanners.
“It’s helped Keifer out because teams can’t concentrate on him and it frees him up,” Peabody coach Anthony O’Donnell said.
The Marblehead girls lacrosse team has a lot of experience, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but senior goalie Allie Forman is an unsung hero for the Magicians.
“Her confidence and leadership is contagious,” Marblehead coach Annie Pugh said. “With Allie leading the defense our transitions are getting smoother and faster as we move the ball up the field.”
Lax Lowdown, a column on North Shore high school lacrosse, runs each Tuesday during the spring sports season in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at 978-338-2648, by e-mail at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.