“I think we kind of gave it away early on and didn’t play very well on the defensive end of the field, which was really disappointing. We were really weak all day, so once we kind of settled down we couldn’t really keep them off the board enough to really mount a comeback. We just gave up just too many easy goals.”
The Generals, who are still in line to win the CAL Baker Division, started off playing well. They controlled possession in the early going and took a lead when Parker Strong scored an unassisted, man-up goal.
Masconomet settled down quickly, however. The Chieftains scored the final four goals of the first quarter — two coming from Tom Cashin — and added two more in the second quarter.
“They didn’t really do anything crazy besides dodge a guy, and we got no help behind,” Wedge said.
Cobb liked his team’s patience and the way it committed to spreading the ball around.
“I think that we had a lot of good ball movement,” he said. “It’s nice to see those guys moving the ball and getting things done that we’ve been working on in practice to improve ourselves.”
Cam Jung led the Chieftains with three goals and two assists and Cashin added three goals and one helper. Harry Cwik was the only other multiple goal scorer for Masconomet with two goals and one assist. Max Craig chipped in with a goal and an assist and Harold Moody scored once.
Brian Shaw led Hamilton-Wenham with two goals and two assists while Strong contributed two goals and one assist. Case Johnson also scored for the Generals.
“I felt like we had a good opportunity to finally win the CAL outright — or at least take a shot at it,” Wedge said. “Again, we just didn’t come out strong. They deserved to win the game; they outplayed us for four quarters. We didn’t give them much of a challenge, to be honest.”