Standing one win away from making the state tournament, the Pentucket boys lacrosse team (9-5) hosted Hamilton-Wenham yesterday and will have to wait until the next game to punch its ticket. The Generals struck early and often, leaving the Sachems wanting, 11-5.
“Today was a bit disappointing for us,” said Sachems second-year coach Dan Leary. “We didn’t come out as strong as we wanted to. These Hamilton-Wenham type teams are the kind of teams that we are trying to get to their level. We’re still not there to play four quarters to compete with these type of teams that are at the top of their league.”
Having already qualified for the postseason, the Hamilton-Wenham (10-6) offense showed up well-oiled while Pentucket’s was sluggish, only scoring once in the first half courtesy of senior co-captain Calvin Wiles. The Generals picked up seven goals in the same half with three coming from Eddy Frick, whose teammates Griffin Webber, Cam Macri, Parker Strong and Matt Curran each scored single goals to give Hamilton the 7-1 lead going into the half.
Pentucket struck first just three minutes into the second half when Cody Rothwell dumped it in past General goalie Grant Thompson’s right side to give the Sachems a five-point deficit which was pushed back to six when Frick scored off of Sachems goalie Brett Connolly.
The Generals tacked on another goal six minutes later when Macri lined up dead center on Connolly and fired away.
Connor Beaton scored the Sachems fourth goal of the day next and Wiles followed suit with his second goal a minute and a half later to draw Pentucket within four, but General JD Asquith poured cold water on Pentucket’s hopes followed by another goal from Macri to end the day.