Beverly did a better job winning — and maintaining — possession in the second quarter. Panther goals by Rick McFarland and Matt Page sandwiched Cashin’s second tally for Masconomet, which allowed Beverly to pull within one at the break.
Masconomet may have controlled play in the first quarter, but Beverly had its chances. Chieftains goalie Jonathan Schiff snuffed out several point-blank Panther scoring opportunities.
The pace quickened in the third quarter and it seemed to favor Masconomet, which moved the ball with precision in unsettled situations.
“We gave up like four fast breaks — and they’re excellent at fast breaks,” Pynchon said. “They’re pros at it. We don’t want to give up fast breaks, but we’d shoot the ball in the goalie’s stick, sub three middies off and give them a fast break. The eighth grade youth team doesn’t do that.”
A pair of late third quarter goals from Beverly’s Nick Albano trimmed the Masconomet lead to three (10-7) after three.
Cashin, who finished with a game-high five goals, scored a big unassisted goal with 4:47 to play to give the Chieftains an 11-8 lead.
“From the beginning of the year to the end of the year, he’s just getting better every day,” Cobb said about Cashin. “It’s been great for us. He’s got a great lefty look and he’s hard to contain. He’s a big kid, he’s got good footwork, and it’s getting better every day.”
Harry Cwik added three goals and one assist for Masconomet while Jung added a pair of tallies. Max Craig had four assists.
Abate led Beverly with four goals and two assists to highlight the Panthers’ night.