DANVERS — The rivalry between the St. John’s Prep boys lacrosse team and Masco just keeps getting better and better.
In the second installment of the Creator’s Crosse Tournament, the Eagles defeated the Chieftains 12-9 in the finals Saturday in what was an intense, emotional battle between the two top Division 1 teams on the North Shore.
St. John’s Prep has defeated Masco in the tournament finals both years.
“Masco is one of the closest schools to us,” explained St. John’s Prep (5-5) head coach John Roy. “It’s right up the road so there’s a lot of personal rivalries and friends on both teams. We knew it was going to be a grind ‘em type game especially with the weather. It was the battle we expected so it was nice to come out with a win.”
The Chieftains were actually the better team in the early going, however the spectacular individual play from Eagles top attacker, Andrew Gallahue, kept the hosts in the game before the rest of the offense came around.
After Masco (7-3) started the second half with a pair of goals to take an 8-7 lead, Gallahue responded with a pair of markers in less than two minutes to give the lead back to the Prep for good. And in the fourth quarter, Gallahue put an emphatic stamp on his day when he fooled Masco keeper Jonathan Schiff with a behind-the-head bounce shot that he placed perfectly in the top left corner of the cage.
Gallahue finished with six goals and an assist.
“Andrew was a monster,” explained Roy. “We all know the type of lacrosse player he is. He’s quick, can go both ways, he’s a feeder and he can score.”
Gallahue and the rest of the Eagles’ high-end talent proved just a little too much for the Chieftains, who couldn’t match the hosts’ depth and started to slip some late in the game.