DANVERS — The Danvers High boys lacrosse team is building momentum and beginning to realize some of the preseason potential that head coach Tim Murphy believed could translate into a run toward Northeastern Conference contention.
Peabody High, meanwhile, is still trying to find its footing a quarter of the way through the regular season.
The Falcons deposited the first nine goals yesterday at the Thorpe School and held Peabody in check any time the Tanners tried to seize control. Danvers cruised to a 16-5 win, its fourth straight, to move to 5-1.
“We started scoring a couple of those goals and it was like blood in the water mentality ... ‘We’re gonna get the next one, we’re gonna get the next one, we’re gonna get the next one,’” Murphy said. “They just drove hard to the cage and were making the right feeds.
“It wasn’t 1 vs. 6, it was 6 vs. 6, passing and moving off the ball. I think it really created confusion for the Peabody defense to get rolling — and the confidence started building. That enthusiasm was infectious on the team, across the field.”
Danvers’ fast start was a backbreaker for an inexperienced Peabody team. Early in the game the Tanners had a hard time clearing the ball, couldn’t maintain possession and failed to cash in on the few opportunities they created.
“We had some good looks (early), but we missed those three 1-on-1s with the goalie, or he made the save and we missed the cage. Every time they got the ball, they scored. All of a sudden it was five (goals). Instead of 5-3, it was 5-0, and then it was seven,” Peabody (2-3) coach Anthony O’Donnell said.
“What Danvers did tremendously was ride. We had trouble clearing the ball; the first quarter I think we had three minutes of offense, if that. That wears down on you, especially when you lose the next faceoff. I guess we like to dig nice, deep holes and see if we can work our way out of it. But it didn’t happen today.”