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April 19, 2013

Maag, Marblehead explode in third quarter to down Peabody

PEABODY — Both Peabody and visiting Marblehead struggled with consistency in yesterday’s Northeastern Conference match up.

But a dominant third quarter from the Magicians sealed the Tanners fate as the road team scored a big 17-12 win thanks to a seven goal third quarter.

Both teams now sit at 4-3 on the season.

“Guys started moving the ball (in the third quarter) and when you move the ball quickly it makes it tough for the defense to cover,” said Marblehead coach John Wilkins. “Good teams are consistent. We got a little complacent in the fourth quarter but overall the guys ran hard. We have to cut down on some of those errors but Peabody is a good team. It’s a good win.”

Senior Ian Maag didn’t struggle with inconsistency in any area of his game. The midfielder tallied three goals and an assist in the third quarter alone finishing with a game-high seven markers and three assists. Marblehead’s advantage ballooned from two goals to six by the beginning of the fourth.

“Maag had a great game, he’s an extremely consistent player for us,” noted Wilkins. “He sees the field. He puts in the extra work and it shows.”

Equally as important as his scoring touch was Maag’s ability taking faceoffs. He helped Marblehead hold a 20-11 mark on draws including a 9-2 advantage in the third quarter that allowed the Magicians to extend what had been a two-goal lead at the half to a six-goal lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Maag was strong on draws but it was also the Magicians hard work on ground balls all game that helped them control the face offs.

“I don’t think we won a faceoff (in the third quarter),” explained Peabody head coach Anthony O’Donnell. “Not having possession kills you.”

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