Just six days separate the rivalry’s first game and its rematch, though tonight’s lacrosse game between Pentucket and Triton feels like it has been a long time coming.
“It’s a huge game for us,” said Pentucket (10-4) junior midfielder Jeff Porter. “It’s a big rivalry between them and we lost the first one that we thought we really should have had, so it will be a huge game.”
In a hard-hitting affair this past Friday, Pentucket hosted Triton (7-7) in hopes of downing its rival and winning its fifth straight game. An early lead would escape the Sachems, however, as Triton’s push late in the first half led to second half dominance and a runaway 14-8 win. Following that game, Triton head coach Sean Parsons confidently declared it his team’s best performance.
“This is absolutely our biggest win of the year,” he said. “This is the first win we have had against a team with a winning record.”
While the Vikings left Pipestave Hill joyous having just played their best game of the year against what is a big rival, the Sachems feel they failed to show up.
“This was the toughest we have had,” Pentucket head coach Dan Leary said last week. “In our other two losses, we were more competitive. Today just wasn’t our best effort or game.”
It was only the Sachems third disappointing result of the season, though it was by the largest margin. In their previous two losses at that point, against Masconomet and Newburyport, Pentucket fell by four and two goals respectively. Masconomet and Newburyport also have a 24-6 combined record and hold the top two spots in the Cape Ann League’s Kinney Division. Triton on the other hand was just 7-6 and sat second to last in the division.