HAMILTON — It took the Hamilton-Wenham boys lacrosse team a while to get going last night.
But once they did, the Generals rolled — right into the North Division 3 title game.
Hamilton-Wenham rallied for a 7-5 victory over Swampscott in yesterday’s semifinal contest, snapping out of a slow first quarter that found them behind and playing excellent defense over the final 36 minutes.
“Going to the finals is awesome,” said senior captain Matt Curran. “It’s the first time Hamilton-Wenham has made it this far in a long while.
“We expected Swampscott to be a decent team, but we didn’t expect to be behind early. We came together and got it going. Our coach is always saying to shoot at the goalie’s off-stick side.”
Hamilton-Wenham (13-5) will face the winner of today’s other semifinal between Newburyport and Pentucket. The North final will be played either Saturday or Sunday.
“It took us a whole quarter and a half to snap out of our slow start,” said Generals’ head coach Josh Wedge “For whatever reason, Swampscott came out with a lot more energy than us early on.
“I expected them to play a hard, physical, get-after-it game, I thought that after our last game we would come out better in this one, but we had trouble finding our legs. We can’t do that in the finals, and I was more disappointed in our energy level than the fact they scored two early goals. They were getting after the ball a little more than us.”
The visiting Big Blue (14-5) stunned Hamilton-Wenham by shooting out to a quick 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. Jason Dignan (who had his team’s first 4 goals) won the opening faceoff and raced downfield to beat goalie Grant Thompson with 17 seconds gone. He struck again at the 10:14 mark, and the Big Blue defense did a great job keeping the Generals off the board in the opening quarter. Swampscott goalie Max Cohen made some unbelievable saves, especially in the early going