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May 14, 2014

BREAKING THROUGH

Pentucket pulls away in the second half to beat Georgetown 10-7

WEST NEWBURY — A stout first half defensively provided opportunity for second half offense as Pentucket lacrosse outlasted Georgetown, 10-7.

Just two days before a highly anticipated rematch against rival Triton, Pentucket (10-4) focused solely on what is always a battle against Georgetown (4-10).

“We have had a couple tough games in the past week and my message to the guys is that we are continuing to get better regardless of what the outcomes of the games are,” said Pentucket head coach Dan Leary. “We have had a couple of tough losses recently but we have worked hard in practice and I am proud of the way they responded today, especially after being tied at half time.”

Defense reigned supreme in the game’s first two quarters and each team struggled to find scoring opportunities, leaving both the Sachems and Royals knotted at just three goals a piece.

“Georgetown always has one of the best defenses,” Leary said. “They run a great zone and find ways of giving pressure while in that zone, which is a unique way of playing. A lot of teams just pack it in, but they find ways to pressure and do a great job. They play every team close; if you look at their record against winning teams it’s always low scoring and competitive, so we knew coming in what we were getting into.”

In seven of 13 games this season, the Royals have held opponents to fewer than seven goals.

If time of possession dictated outcomes, the Sachems would have won decidedly. The Sachems controlled the ball for, at times, several minutes at a time while Georgetown picked opportunities to strike with pressure or cause turnovers.

“I think we like to settle in defensively,” said Georgetown head coach Andrew Boepple. “We obviously don’t want to give them too long of a possession but once we get settled and we are communicating, not running around, we’re fine. It just comes down to communicating, being in the right position and just having our slides ready to go.”

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