HAMILTON — Locked in a heated overtime battle with Marblehead, the Hamilton-Wenham boys lacrosse team wasn’t going to let Magicians star midfielder Brooks Tyrrell play the hero.
But with all the attention on Tyrrell, the Generals forgot about attackman Harrison Young.
Young got the ball at the side of the box with half a minute left in overtime and, going against a short stick, drove to his left absorbing some contact before firing a bounce shot into the top right corner of the cage to give Marblehead the 8-7 win with just 23 seconds left.
“I knew I had a shorty on me and I saw there was space to take him up top,” explained Young, who finished with two goals and an assist and scored his second OT game-winner of the season. “I got to space, took the shot and it took a nice bounce for me.”
Young didn’t beat his guy with speed or any elaborate moves. Instead, he stayed strong with his stick, kept his balance and most importantly, got his shot on net — something the Magicians (10-7) struggled to do in the fourth quarter.
Neither team scored in the final quarter and the Generals managed only one goal in the final 35 minutes of the contest allowing Marblehead to come back from a 6-2, first half deficit.
“We’ve got a lot of guys playing their first big, varsity minutes. We’re down to fumes at this point,” said H-W (10-5) head coach Josh Wedge “They (Marblehead) play a nice zone and we struggled, especially late when we got tired and didn’t want to move as much.”
Since a rough loss to Danvers, the Magicians have rattled off three straight wins over solid competition beating Masco, Newton North and now H-W.
“We’re playing smarter defensively. We’re rotating well. Now we just need to clean up our offense,” said Marblehead coach John Wilkens. “The goal is to get in sync and right now we’re a little lopsided.”