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April 18, 2014

Surging Falcons run away from Peabody

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Peabody had a hard time containing Jay Calcagno and Matty Flynn. Both seniors scored three goals in the first half and drove the Falcons’ offense.

Calcagno finished with three goals and two assists while Flynn contributed three goals and one assist.

Stephen Goutzos and Troy Fleming each added two goals and one assist for Danvers while Stephen Ganley and Derek Sirois each scored twice.

Peabody didn’t get on the scoreboard until Josh Fiore broke through with 5:47 to play in the first half. Ryan Wolff then scored to cut it to 9-2, but Danvers responded with the next four goals.

Peabody did put together another brief run, beginning late in the third quarter. Jeremiah Manfra scored, followed by two goals from Wolff to trim Danvers’ lead to eight goals (13-5) with more than 11 minutes to play. The Tanners couldn’t find the net again, however.

“It’s a game of momentum and we scored those two and it started to pick up. You could feel it in the huddle and then they scored and they scored again,” O’Donnell said. “Defensively, we had the one slide that was good, but the two wasn’t there and they just hit the crease every time. I can’t expect my goalie to make that save, 1-on-1 on the crease.”

Danvers is now playing like a team that expects to be in the hunt for the NEC title. The Falcons have a big league contest next Wednesday against Marblehead.

“I think expectations were pretty high and the kids kind of expected to be great. We’re back to square one in terms of fundamentals and emphasizing fundamentals in practice and challenging each other in practice,” Murphy said. “Our defense is improving with their aggressiveness and that forces our offense to be more patient and smarter with the ball. They’re really pushing each other and that’s really having an impact when we’re stepping on the field.”

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