Boston High School: John Pynchon

D2 East lacrosse: Hingham 8, Beverly 4

June, 10, 2013
HINGHAM, Mass. – On the precipice of returning to Harvard Stadium for the Division 2 East championship game for the first time since 2010, Hingham lacrosse head coach John Todd and his team had one thing at mind – transition. In particular, in regard to the Harbormen’s Sunday opponent, No. 5 seed Beverly, they simply couldn’t afford to let the Panthers run amok.

Hingham effectively snuffed out Beverly’s potent transition attack during the teams’ sectional semifinal matchup. In fact, the Harbormen turned the game on its head, building an 8-1 lead in the third quarter. While the Panthers showed some late signs of life in the fourth, Hingham held on for an 8-4 win, clinching its ticket to Harvard.

"I think we were able to get up and down more than I thought we going to be able to,” Todd said, “which was huge because they are an up-tempo team and we focused all on making sure we were taking that away from them. We were able to do that and then from that, a lot more up-and-down for us became available. It was not necessarily shocking but pleasantly surprising."

Hingham (21-3) will face No. 2 seed Medfield in Wednesday’s sectional championship game. It is also a rematch of the Harbormen’s last Harvard appearance, a game which the Warriors won in double overtime.

On Sunday, Hingham’s defense started with goaltender Tom Bannan’s 12 saves, but it extended to the midfield, where the Harbormen were tasked with slowing down the Panthers’ fleet-footed attack, led by Ryan Shipp (2 G).

However, Hingham’s midfielders and poles interrupted Beverly’s pace of play in the first half, while working in transition in the opposite direction. David Freitas and Jacob Brodie carried the offensive unit with three goals each for the Harbormen, but their offensive production had much more to do with the work that was conducted in their own end.

“We’ve been better six-on-six recently, but they kind of took us out of our offense in the first half,” Panthers head coach John Pynchon said. “They weren’t going to allow us to do the things we wanted to do and they forced us into more situations going in one-on-one. And it took us out of the flow of our offense.”

Bannan praised the work of the defense in front of him, namely defenseman Jack Ullrich, which all went according to plan.

“Transition defense did a great job compared to last game, we struggled a little bit,” Bannan said. “This game, I don’t even know if we gave up one in transition.”

D2 EMass lax: Beverly 9, Wayland 4

June, 5, 2013
WAYLAND, Mass. – Tuesday’s match-up between the high scoring offense of No. 5 Beverly and the lock-down defense of No. 4 Wayland figured to be a battle of lacrosse attrition.

Beverly entered the Eastern Mass. Division 2 quarterfinal having outscored their first two post-season opponents 33-10 and having won eight of their last nine games.

Wayland entered the contest having won 16 straight games, dating back to April 11, when they lost an 11-6 contest to Acton-Boxborough.

Beverly midfielder Brendan Flaherty would come out on fire as he scored three of his game-high four goals in the opening quarter as Beverly led 4-1 early and never looked back. Beverly would lead by as many as seven goals in the first half as they defeated Wayland, 9-4, to advance to the Eastern Mass. D2 semifinals.

“We talk about the first five minutes of each quarter and I think we won those first five minutes,” Beverly head coach John Pynchon said after the game.

Flaherty scored his first goal less than two minutes into the game but was quickly answered by Wayland middie Roby Williams to tie the game, 1-1.

Beverly (19-4) would then take control of the first half as they controlled the possession and converted a key man-down goal by Flaherty to give the visitors the momentum in the middle of the game.

“They are a real good possession team, real athletic,” Wayland head coach Joel Bates said. “I don’t now if it was a little bit of nerves but we definitely tossed the ball away too many times to recover from.”

Beverly would go on a 7-0 run in the first and second quarters to extend the lead to 8-1, before Williams added one for Wayland (19-4) with under one minute to play in the first half, cutting the lead to 8-2 at the break.

Wayland came out of the half with renewed energy as they struck for two early goals as attack Jimmy Lampert and midfielder Carson Hart scored to cut the Beverly lead to four.

Beverly attackman and leading scorer Nick Albano would answer Hart’s goal less than one minute later to quell the run and take a 9-4 lead to the final quarter of play.

Beverly would hold on in a scoreless fourth quarter as the experienced Beverly defense, led by junior goalie Kevin Lally, held strong to secure the victory.

“Our defense was just great today,” Pynchon said. “Kevin [Lally] came up huge.”

Wayland returns a slew of talented underclassmen next season, led by Williams and defensive captain Jake Baxter.

“They [Wayland] are young and so they are so good,” Pynchon added. “We talked about that and said let’s use our experience. That is where the experience comes in, during the first five minutes of the game.”

Wayland does graduate Hart, who will graduate as one of the top midfielder’s in program history. The Navy-bound senior also did a great job on faceoffs for the Warriors, along with adding a third quarter goal in tonight’s finale.

“Carson Hart is going to be tough to lose.” Bates said. “He works hard with all of our seniors. The seniors are a real good group with Brian Murtagh, probably our biggest leader, and just a real charismatic guy.”

Beverly will travel to Hingham on Friday to take on the No. 1 seed Harbormen. Hingham (20-3) defeated Winchester 13-7 in the quarterfinals and has now won 12 games in a row. In Hingham’s’ three losses this season, they lost by a total of just three combined goals.

Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Recap: St. John's Prep 13, Beverly 11

April, 18, 2013
Danvers, Mass. -- Ben Alpern eyed the signal from ball-handler Jack Sharrio as he worked his way the opposite direction behind the goalpost. Catching a pass yards in front of Beverly keeper Kevin Lally, the St. John's Prep midfielder faked left then quickly flicked the ball into the right side of the net.

As the Eagles sideline erupted, the senior embraced his teammates' to celebrate their first lead of the game -- a 12-11 advantage with 1:56 remaining. Playing catchup for 41:15 consecutive minutes, the Beverly native played a crucial role for the Prep boys' lacrosse team (4-1) by scoring both the equalizer and winner in what was a 13-11 comeback against their 32-year-old rival and former Northeastern Conference opponent, Beverly (5-1).

“We have been working a lot with picks on the crease,” said Alpern. “They lost me on the crease and I put it in. We knew we had another half to play once we were down by six (and) we kept focusing on getting one goal.”

The Eagles went on a nine to one run over the final 22 minutes and netted the last six goals to comeback from what was an early second-half six-goal deficit.

SJP junior Andrew O'Connell used his back to lose his man then bounced a shot past a sliding defender to start the six-tally streak with 2:49 left in the third quarter. Alpern equalized at 11-11 nine minutes later off an assist from junior Andrew Gallahue.

Gallahue lead all-scorers with four goals and an assist, while teammate O'Connell and Alpern netted three goals.

“It came down to momentum”, said SJP coach John Roy. “We did a little better on offense possessing the ball and moving (it). We needed to be better shooters.”

Beverly dominated the first half by scoring the first three goals, including a 10-yard rocket from the side of the net by senior Dom Abate for the opening tally at 10:53 in the first quarter. The Panthers scored five straight during the second quarter starting with an isolated effort for a goal by Brendan Flaherty at 6:12 in the second quarter.

The senior assisted a score then ripped a 15-yard rocket from just inside the attack area for the 9-3 advantage with 1:02 left in the first half.

“We do a lot of transition in practice and everyday getting the ball into unsettled situations,” said Beverly coach John Pynchon. “We have a lot of dynamic midfielders and they did a good job beating their men. They know when to make the next pass.”

Flaherty converted a defensive turnover into a breakaway tally for the Panthers' second six-point margin and a 10-4 lead after 1:33 in the second half.

The senior scored three goals and assisted one, while teammate sophomore Nick Albano netted two goals and assisted one. Panthers keeper Kevin Lally was a force throughout with 17 saves.

“Some of our seniors who played football this is the first time they have lost this year,” said Pynchon. “[Lally] is very mature about his preparation and has great eyes. You take him out of the game when kids are throwing at him from three yards away.”