By Dan Harrison
---- — DANVERS — First quarters have been a bit of an issue the last two weeks for the Danvers High boys lacrosse team.
Yesterday against Marblehead, however, the Falcons wasted little time in taking control.
Danvers pumped in five first quarter goals en route to a 13-3 victory over the Magicians in Northeastern Conference action at Deering Stadium.
“All season we’ve had confidence in our ability to play well. But the last two weeks, against Wayland and Wakefield especially, we let our opponents get in our heads,” said Danvers (8-6) head coach Tim Murphy. “So our emphasis was to take that confidence back and believe in ourselves.”
Senior captain Jay Calcagno (four goals) helped set the tone for the Falcons along with senior leader Matt Flynn (one goal) and junior leaders Trevor Chasse (4 goals, one assist) and Stephen Ganley (goal) and the rest of the Falcons followed suit, playing what Murphy said was one of the best performances in his five years coaching the team.
“We told the kids it was their jobs to get their heads right for tonight,” explained Murphy. “The seniors and the captains took on that responsibility and pushed the team to a level I haven’t seen before.”
Marblehead (7-7) looked slow, tired and sloppy from the opening draw. The Magicians spent the large majority of the opening 12 minutes playing defense because they couldn’t win a face off or clear in transition.
To make matters worse, Marblehead was getting beat on the groundballs by a much hungrier Falcons team.
“We were lethargic. No hunger. No desire. You’ve got to come ready to play. That was not indicative of the type of team we are,” said Marblehead coach John Wilkens. “Kudos to Danvers for the way they played.”
Brooks Tyrrell had one marker while Dean Fader finished with a pair of goals and a couple of viscous hits in the second half. But the only guy in a red jersey who really played particuarly well was goalie Nathan Maselek. He had 16 saves, including seven in the second quarter as Marblehead actually didn’t allow a goal in the second after giving up five in the first.
Maselek’s counterpart, Danvers’ James Curley, didn’t see nearly as much action. But the junior captain came up huge in the third quarter by making five high quality saves, allowing the Falcon offense to get going again extending the lead to 8-2 by the end of the quarter.
“James was in the zone,” said Murphy. “He’s a worker. He’s doesn’t just sit back and rely on his talent, everyday in practice he is saying, ‘coach more shots, coach more shots’. The message for everyone has been to put in the work and you’ll be rewarded and we’re working toward that.”