DANVERS — Through the first eight games of the season the Danvers boys lacrosse team has learned a valuable lesson — it takes more than one half to win a game.
The Falcons’ focus on playing a complete four quarters, and getting a complete team effort, carried them to a 14-6 win over Salem yesterday afternoon at Thorpe School.
“Two or three games that we played this year we were ahead at the half and let the other team come back, and we were behind in two other games and came back to win those games. I think we’re learning that halftime doesn’t mean anything,” said Danvers (4-5) head coach Tim Murphy, whose team snapped a four-game skid with the victory. “You gotta come out just as fired up in the third quarter as you do in the first quarter.”
Danvers carried a 7-4 lead into the break after a pretty competitive first half, then really asserted itself in the third quarter. The Falcons outscored Salem 6-0 in that frame to take command.
Matt Flynn scored both of his goals in the quarter and single tallies from Trevor Chasse, Trevor Daly, Stephen Ganley and Shea Doyle gave Danvers a 13-4 advantage.
“They got on a run and we need to do a better job of playing with composure. We played well at times ... and then things sort of start going bad and the thing kind of snowballed on us,” Salem first-year head coach Anthony Nardella said.
“One thing went wrong and somebody else makes a mistake, and we start trying to overcompensate for everyone else. As a head coach I have to get better, the assistants have to get better, and each individual player has to just work on themselves and improve individually before we can improve as a team.”
The Falcons had a tight grip on the ball in the third quarter, winning most of the faceoffs and maintaining possession. Even when the ball was loose, it seemed that Danvers was quicker to scoop it.