BOXFORD, Mass. -- A six-goal run in the first half powered Masconomet to a 10-5 Cape Ann League win over Hamilton-Wenham.
The Chieftains rode the wave of their veteran trio of attackman, with Tom Cashin, Cam Jung, and Max Craig combined for seven goals and four assists. Cashin and Jung led the way -- each netting a hat trick and adding an assist.
Harry Cwik had two goals and an assist from the midfield position and also played solid minutes on the ride and in transition.
“It's great chemistry playing with them,” Cashin said. “I've known them for a long time, just great playing with them. We came out flying, and we came into the game with our heads in the game right off the bat. We just came out with the adrenaline pumping knowing it was a big game.”
Masco used its size and speed to dictate the game on the inside. Quick passes, especially from Craig to Jung opened to door for the offense to flow. During their first half run, the Chieftains scored goals on three straight shots.
When the attackmen were forced to watch the action, the Chieftain defense stepped up to their level. Masco's poles pressed out hard, at times creating a large circle in the middle of the box. When Mike Jesi was called for a two-minute, locked-in penalty in the fourth quarter the defense locked it down and killed off the entire penalty while only surrendering one shot on cage.
The Generals did get their chances, but when they did Jonathan Schiff was there. The junior goaltender turned aside 17 shots and shut out Hamilton-Wenham in the second quarter.
“[The defense has] been working together for two years now, and they know each other’s strength and weaknesses,” Masconomet coach Tom Cobb said. “They did a good job of taking care of the guys they needed to.
“We've had a long line of really good goalies at Masco who have embraced the position and Schiff has worked really hard every single day to make himself more successful and make the team more successful.”
Brian Shaw had a pair of goals for the Generals, and Parker Strong had a goal and an assist, but the offensive sparks were few and far between for Hamilton-Wenham.
The loss snapped Hamilton-Wenham's eight-game win streak, which dated back to April 11.
“I think we just weren't ready to play today,” General head coach Josh Wedge said. “The kids in our program have a view of Masco that they're the big, bad boys of the Cape Ann League. We weren't ready to play. It's disappointing. We scored early and then just too many mental mistakes -- lots of silly stuff.”
There were 29 combined turnovers and 51 ground balls. The more egregious turnovers came in the first half, but festered throughout the entire game.
The win gave Masconomet 10 for the season and qualified the Cheiftains for the Division 1 tournament later this month.
“It was a big day for us; win No. 10 got us into the tournament,” Cobb said. “It was a big day for us all the way around.”