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June 10, 2013

Hingham defense slows down Panthers in East Div. 2 semifinal

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“We didn’t have it today. The defense played well; (senior) Andrew Irving stepped on a ball yesterday at practice, and he’s got eight pounds of tape on his ankle, so he couldn’t go (all out) today, but he still played well (on defense),” Beverly head coach John Pynchon said.

“I think in the second half, we picked it up defensively, but offensively we couldn’t do anything because their goalie made so many saves.”

Ryan Shipp, who scored Beverly’s first goal early in the second quarter, netted his second goal with 12 seconds to play in the third quarter, giving the Panthers a little bit of life.

Beverly played well in the fourth quarter, throwing tons of defensive pressure at the Harbormen and outscoring the hosts 2-0 on goals by Abate and Flaherty.

“They’ve got a good group of kids that play hard, and we just, I think, were able to withstand the heat a little better, and the up-and-down a little bit better,” Hingham coach John Todd said. “They want to play the up-and-down, and we’re capable of playing that.

“I think we won the ground ball battle today; that was the key. We won the faceoff battle, which gave us faceoffs early and let us get up on them.”

It’s hardly surprising that Beverly didn’t go down without a fight. The Panthers were a senior-laden bunch intent on making the Orange-and-Black a postseason threat again.

“The seniors have been great for us; they’re awesome. They’re great kids, they’ve worked really hard, and they took Beverly lacrosse back to where Beverly lacrosse should be,” Pynchon said. “It’s going to be tough to lose Brendan and those guys, but I think the examples they set for the younger guys, they’ll be able to step up. They know how to do things the right way.”

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