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May 7, 2014

Masconomet laxmen defeat H-W in CAL showdown

TOPSFIELD — For a moment early in the second half, it looked like the Hamilton-Wenham boys lacrosse team was ready to stand up to its undefeated Cape Ann League foes.

Back-to-back goals had pulled the Generals within three goals with plenty of time to go. Perhaps they were to contend with Masconomet for the overall CAL title.

In a flash, Masco made sure that didn’t happen.

The Chieftains responded with four straight goals to put the game out of reach, improving to 8-0 in the league with a 10-5 victory.

“One of the big things we continue to talk about is momentum and where that momentum is going to be,” said Masconomet coach Tom Cobb, whose team moved to 10-4 overall and qualified for the postseason. “So, they kind of stole a little bit of that momentum right after halftime, but we just swung it right back — and that’s one of the hardest things to do. If we can get things like that done more often, that will help us keep control of the game.”

Hamilton-Wenham (8-3 overall, 6-1 in the CAL) just didn’t have enough defensively to slow down Masconomet.

The Chieftains’ goal total came in two spurts: a six-goal blast in the first half and the four-goal run that carried over from the third quarter into the fourth. That second run increased Masco’s lead to 10-3 and put the Generals away.

“I think a lot of it was that I don’t think we were really ready to play. Masco’s a team that has a strong reputation, and I think some of our kids got a little intimidated by it. We’re trying to get over that and try to make them realize that we’re a pretty good team ourselves,” Hamilton-Wenham coach Josh Wedge said.

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