MARBLEHEAD — Peabody boys lacrosse coach Anthony O’Donnell has a pretty high opinion about senior Keifer Heckman, the Tanners’ high-scoring attackman.
Heckman, who recently became Peabody’s all-time leading scorer, provided his usual output yesterday afternoon against Northeastern Conference power Marblehead, but his hat trick wasn’t enough as the Tanners fell 9-3 at Piper Field.
A young Magician whose job is the exact opposite as Heckman’s ended up stealing the show.
Sophomore goalie Nathan Maselek made several key stops — especially in the third quarter when Peabody was trying to make a game of it — and found an admirer in O’Donnell.
“Keifer is a great player. He creates a lot of offense and that lets everyone else get open. I don’t know if there’s a better player in our league than Keifer,” O’Donnell said. “Today, their goalie was better than Keifer.”
Maselek was sharp early, holding the Tanners scoreless through the first quarter, and only allowed one goal in each of the final three quarters.
Peabody put the heat on in the third quarter. Heckman’s second goal cut the Marblehead advantage to 4-2, then he broke free on the left side of the crease shortly after for a point-blank opportunity, but Maselek stood him up and kept momentum out of the equation for the Tanners.
“Nathan stood on his head in the second half,” Marblehead coach John Wilkens said. “What can you say? He made some fantastic saves in the end there. Peabody has some really good athletes and No. 25 (Heckman) is a hell of a ballplayer and (Maselek) just made a great stop on him there.”
The Magicians have now won nine straight games and improved to 10-3. They’ve been able to continue piling up wins despite being a little banged up. Brooks Tyrrell was unavailable for yesterday’s game due to a broken thumb and Ian Maag is playing through a shoulder injury.