WEST NEWBURY – Pentucket lacrosse dealt with a relentless North Reading defense and a lengthy weather delay to win 8-7 in the Division III North Quarterfinals yesterday.
After Connor Beaton’s early fourth quarter goal gave the Sachems a 6-4 advantage, a distant roar of thunder was heard and the game was immediately paused with nine minutes remaining. While some took to their cars to await the break, others remained with umbrellas at the ready in case of rain. While it merely sprinkled during the 30 minute intermission, downpours began almost simultaneously as play resumed. It’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“The game went right down to the wire,” said Pentucket head coach Dan Leary. “Both teams battled. It was weird what happened with the weather but both teams fired right out of the 30 minute delay and I’m proud with the way my guys responded. It was a good ending to the game.”
The Hornets of North Reading would quickly strike back and tie the game once play was resumed, scoring on quick goals by Jared Potter and Sean McGreal.
Pentucket’s Jeff Porter would respond soon after with his second goal to regain the lead for his team before McGreal found net again for the Hornets. With time dwindling in a tied game as the rain poured, Leary called timeout to direct his team.
“We had a plan going in, but it wasn’t a set play,” he said. “Brendan Sullivan made a great play. He has done a great job for us as a facilitator. He doesn’t always score all of the goals but he’s the main reason why our offense works as it does.”
Sullivan would score seconds after play was resumed, all but securing his team the 8-7 win and a spot in the tournament’s semifinals round.