The one area Marblehead really took advantage of was transition offense as midfielder Brooks Tyrrell pushed the tempo and found the open man on the break. He finished with two goals and four assists while Dean Fader and Ben Anderson scored two each.
The first half deficit was too much to overcome for the Magicians, who trailed 10-2 early in the second half. While their zone defense was effective, there just wasn’t enough time to make the comeback.
“We dug ourselves a big whole. You can’t expect to play yourself out of it against a team like Beverly,” said Marblehead coach John Wilkens. “The zone was OK but when you need the ball you can’t really run it. In the first half we shot poorly and we made the goalie (Kevin Lally) look good by shooting right at his feet.”
Pynchon meanwhile felt that while his team did have some lapses in the second half, it was only a matter of time before the Magicians started putting points on the scoreboard.
“We had some mental breakdowns and they scored on a few breaks we gave them,” noted Pynchon. “Marblehead’s a good team, they’re going to score. We didn’t expect to hold them to two goals. We’ll watch the film and clean it up.”
Sam Abate, Ian Butler, Tyler Martz and Matt Page were the other Panther goal scorers while Liam Banks, Sam Paquette, Harrison Young and Brad Knittle had a goal each for Marblehead.