DANVERS — It may only be five games into the season, but it might be time for the St. John’s Prep lacrosse team to do a little soul searching.
The Eagles put forth a lackluster performance Saturday against visiting Hingham, getting thrashed by the visiting Harbormen, 15-5.
At 2-3 on the season, St. John’s Prep isn’t in the upper echelon of Division 1 lacrosse. The Eagles could also be in jeopardy of losing to back-to-back Division 2 opponents; they meet once-beaten Beverly this morning (10 a.m.).
“We didn’t show up. We were bad in all phases, flat and emotionless,” St. John’s coach John Roy said after Saturday’s showing. “I just think we need to work harder and try to work more as a unit. (We need to work on) ground balls and time of possession ... things like that.”
The visitors’ defense held the Eagles scoreless for a 27-minute span that stretched from the first quarter to the third, allowing the Harbormen (6-2) to take a commanding 12-4 lead.
“The kids played well together. Defensively we played good as a unit to take away the individual stuff,” said Hingham head coach John Todd. “It helps when your goalie is on fire.”
Hingham goalie Jack Santilli (15 saves) played a big part in frustrating the Prep offense. But the hosts’ shooters really struggled with location — not only where they were shooting at, but also where they were shooting from. Too many attempts came from the outside or at poor angles, and the vast majority of them went low. Santilli smothered almost every bounce shot attempt, but the Eagles never adjusted to try and beat him high.
The Prep also settled for too many individual plays and didn’t work the ball around enough. The Eagles didn’t start getting the ball into the crease until the third quarter.