“Danvers is always a big rival for us. They’ve got a lot of natural athletes, a lot of talent. Their girls have stick skills and are very fast.”
Molly Pitman added a pair of goals before halftime, both set up by Katie Wheatley, after she was able to get behind Falcon defenders to go in alone on Torchia.
“We know what Beverly likes to do; they hit the ball up and pass it across. It’s bang-bang-bang, and you have to be able to run up the field,” said Danvers (2-3-2) coach Barbara Damon. “Too many times, we let somebody get in behind (our defense), and then there was nobody on the post.
“We knew we would have to be ready for that long, hard pass. Gabi did a nice job hanging in there, but she didn’t get a lot of help.”
The final Beverly goal came early in the second half by senior Phoebe Blau, with Mary Cate Flaherty picking up the assist.
The Panthers also have great team speed and are tough to stop because they move the ball so effectively to set up scoring chances.
“We do a lot of conditioning,” Murphy said. “With all the stop-and-go in this game, it’s so important to be in shape. I think all that work helps our quickness.
“We always look for Danvers to give us good competition. I anticipated a back-and-forth game. That didn’t happen today because we got off to such a fast start, but I am happy with the outcome.”
The Falcons, who had fine games from Sara Potter and Rachel Trocchi, did a much better job in the second half and made a couple of strong bids, but Otterbein had plenty of support to preserve the shutout.