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May 10, 2014

Uphill and downhill

As Triton lacrosse played its best game of the year, Pentucket fell 14-8 in what was its worst

WEST NEWBURY – After watching Newburyport high school run away with a win against his team, Triton lacrosse head coach Sean Parsons explained that lacrosse is a game of momentum. You either have it, or you don’t.

Just one week later, Triton (7-6) traveled to Pipestave Hill to take on a Pentucket (8-3) team rolling of late. The Sachems were in the midst of a four-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 48-11.

But it was the Vikings that excelled yesterday, grabbing and firmly securing momentum en route to a 14-8 win. After trailing 6-3 midway through the second quarter, Triton came alive to score the games next six goals.

“Once we got a few goals in, they came easier,” Parsons said. “You get two or three goals, and suddenly it’s five or six. Once you get on that roll, it’s easier because you’re going downhill, not climbing uphill.”

While offensively the Vikings began to find rhythm, it was the defense that relentlessly fought to maintain possession.

“I don’t think it was an off day for us, we just didn’t get as many possessions as we wanted to get,” said Pentucket head coach Dan Leary. “They definitely outworked us for ground balls and when you need possessions in the second half and aren’t winning ground balls, it’s just not going to happen. It felt like we never had the ball in the third quarter. We dug ourselves a hole and it just went downhill from there.”

The Sachems, a team that had scored double-digit goals the previous four games, was held scoreless in the third quarter and took only six goals into the fourth.

“This is absolutely our biggest win of the year,” Parsons said. “This is the first win we have had against a team with a winning record.”

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