What was a 5-4 Beverly lead had transformed into a 10-5 St. John’s advantage with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter. Two goals apiece from Drew O’Connell and Joey Cavallaro, plus single tallies from Shawn Waldron and Sam Frick had given the visitors a seemingly comfortable cushion.
Beverly responded, however.
After Beverly’s Nick Albano and St. John’s Prep’s Owen Rockett swapped goals, Albano went on a personal four-goal run to cut the Eagles’ lead to one, 11-10.
Albano then fed Rick McFarland for the game-tying goal with 22 seconds left in the third quarter, and Matt Page gave the Panthers the lead early in the fourth quarter.
“Battling back was excellent. We gave up three or four to start the third quarter and it was like, ‘Come on, what are we doing here?,’” Pynchon said. “Then, Nick every time would just run by his guy and score. He scored four straight, which was huge. He’s been awesome for us.”
Even though Page gave Beverly the lead early in the fourth, the break between quarters seemed to slow some of the Panthers’ momentum.
“We needed to possess the ball on offense. We were taking some quick shots early in the possession,” Roy said. “At the end of the first half, when we had momentum, we had the ball on the offensive end of the field and we needed to go back to that. They started pressuring a little more on defense, making it harder to possess, but we just needed to be on the offensive end working hard to hold on to the ball.”
Beverly’s comeback may have taken a little too much out of the Panthers. St. John’s ended up winning the fourth quarter, 6-3.
Gallahue led the Prep with five goals, Cavallaro scored four, and Frick contributed three. Rockett had two goals and three assists, O’Connell finished with two goals and one assist, and Waldron had one goal and one assist.