TOPSFIELD — The Masconomet boys lacrosse team converted turnovers into transition goals last night at Roberts Field and edged Beverly, 12-9, in the fourth annual North Shore Cup.
The Chieftains have now won three of the four meetings in the North Shore Cup, also capturing the trophy in 2011 (11-8) and 2012 (15-9). Beverly won last year’s meeting (12-10).
“We knew this was going to be another great game,” Masconomet coach Tom Cobb said. “We knew that we had to keep it close. We felt that if any one team went on a run that it would just get away from either of the two teams.”
Masconomet (now 14-6) started strong with a good first quarter and ultimately turned in the game’s most important run in the third quarter. The Chieftains popped off four straight goals to break a 5-5 tie, and while Beverly never completely went away that was when the hosts took control.
“We had a lot of really bad turnovers,” Beverly (11-8) coach John Pynchon said. “The story of our season has been that we’re going to give you bad turnovers and we’re not going to stop you on defense. That’s losing lacrosse.”
The Chieftains will now move into the state tournament (which will be announced tomorrow) in a much better situation, having defeated Andover and Beverly back-to-back to close the regular season.
“After the Marblehead game (a 13-7 loss last week), we really had to look back and evaluate what we were doing, where we wanted to go and what we wanted to have happen for the rest of the season,” Cobb said. “There were five games last year that we dropped at the end against the same teams that we’re playing now. So we had this gut check and said, ‘How do we want this to go?’”
Masco parlayed a strong first quarter into a 4-3 halftime lead. The Chieftains got goals from Sam Antczak, Tom Cashin and Cam Jung to take a 3-1 lead after one quarter.