BEVERLY — In a test of endurance — on Marathon Monday, no less — the St. John’s Prep and Beverly lacrosse game came down to which team had the legs to sprint to the finish line.
The Prep, which was in desperate need of a win, found the strength to pull away on the home stretch, going on a four-goal run in the final five minutes to knock off the Panthers, 17-14, in a hotly contested shootout at Beverly High.
“It’s big. We got thumped on Saturday (15-5 loss to Hingham). We were really flat and laid an egg,” St. John’s (3-5) coach John Roy said. “It’s nice to come out and rebound with this because they’re well coached, they have good athletes, good lacrosse players and for this vacation week going forward, it’s really positive for us.”
Andrew Gallahue scored three of his team-high five goals in the fourth quarter, including two in the final four-goal stretch. His tally with 5:09 to play gave the Eagles a 14-13 advantage and jump-started the game-clinching run.
“We couldn’t execute a clear. I think one of the (late goals) might have been Gallahue when he dodged and made that great shot,” Beverly (5-2) coach John Pynchon said. “He was unstoppable for a point there. That dodge he scored on, that was a legit Division 1 play.
“I think we ran out of steam a little defensively, and really it was a one-goal game. In the end, we just couldn’t execute our end of game stuff.”
Perhaps Beverly’s inability to execute down the stretch was due to a lack of energy after storming back from a five-goal deficit in the third quarter.
A back-and-forth first half was turned on its head when the Prep scored the final three goals of the second quarter, then added the first three goals of the second half.