Danvers may have been displaying a little extra effort after taking a couple of tough 12-5 losses last week against both Beverly and Newburyport.
“We hit a low point on Thursday (against Beverly) and Friday (against Newburyport). We got our doors blown off, so on Monday and Tuesday we really emphasized solid lacrosse in practice: just passing, throwing, catching and moving our feet,” Murphy said. “I think that really paid off today.”
Once the momentum had fully swung in Danvers’ favor, Salem couldn’t regroup. The difference in time of possession in the third quarter was frustrating for the Witches.
“It (possession) has been an issue at times. Matt Willson has done a great job facing off for us all year,” Nardella said. “I think he was winning some, and then we were getting unlucky. I think we have to get better on the wings and help him out.”
Chasse had a huge game for Danvers with five goals and one assist. Shea Doyle (2 goals, 2 assists), Jay Calcagno (1-1), Stephen Ganley (2-0), and Flynn (2-1) had multiple points for the Falcons while Stephen Goutzos and Daly had one goal each.
Peter Slattery scored three goals for the Witches, Chad Coelho had two goals and one assist, and Willson scored once.
Murphy praised the play of goalie James Curley, as well as Theo Hatzelamprou and Zach Persson.
“Our emphasis since probably a week ago was to get some depth on our team. We played a pretty close game against Marblehead and we just ran out of gas,” Murphy said. “Today, our second line midfielders stepped up and were able to contribute. That gives us an advantage when we can roll two fresh lines, wave after wave after wave, to keep the pressure up.”