MARBLEHEAD — When Jordan Rawding is on his game at the face off X and the Beverly attack are taking high quality shots, the Panthers are a tough team to hang with.
Beverly defeated Marblehead 13-10 yesterday and while the Magicians were able to make it somewhat close at the end, the Panthers held a 9-2 halftime lead thanks to a 12-1 faceoff advantage in the first two quarters.
For the game, Rawding won 11 of his 13 draws and also scored a goal.
“When you can make-it, take-it in lacrosse, you’re in good shape,” explained Beverly (9-4) head coach John Pynchon. “We did a really good job shooting in the first half and I couldn’t have asked for more especially because we haven’t been shooting the ball well lately.”
A big part of the Panthers improved shooting was the full return of Nick Albano who had played, one half last week against Acton-Boxborough fighting through an injury.
It was a much different story in the opening 24 minutes as Albano found the back of the net five times and assisted on another goal. He finished with five goals and three assists.
Albano and Hunter Spencer (two goals, two assists) handled the Marblehead (7-6) defense when it was in man-to-man. Either Albano or Spencer would run isolation from the X and the other would stand on the crease. The Magician defenders couldn’t handle the isolation one-on-one and when the slide came it left the crease open.
“Nick and Hunter are both dynamic dodgers so they’re tough to cover,” noted Pynchon. “We saw a couple of things we could attack and they did a great job running the two-man game and keeping their heads up.”
Marblehead started winning more faceoffs in the second half as head coach John Wilkens had long pole Ryan Jones take the draws.