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April 5, 2008

Despite comeback effort, Sachems hold off Royals Chase goal seals the win

AMESBURY — A driving, diagonal rain. Check.

An overcast sky. Check.

A frigid breeze that pushed spectators onto their heels. Check.

These are the conditions the Pentucket and Georgetown boys lacrosse programs played in yesterday, and despite the inhospitable elements, this great rivalry was a fun game to watch.

Postponed once and then moved to the Amesbury Sports Park, the Sachems and Royals showdown delivered on all accounts when the game was finally played. An assortment of great defense, big hits and crisp goals did their best to warm the faithful crowd. In the end, it was the Pentucket fans who left the most thawed out.

Fending off a Royals comeback, the Sachems won a 14-13 nail-biter, netting the game-winner with a minute left on Dylan Chase's fifth goal of the day.

The first quarter saw Georgetown (0-1) jump out to an early lead when David LaFlamme flew in for a swooping tally, but Pentucket answered right back thanks to an Alex Connolly goal. Both teams seemed content with trading goals early on.

The second quarter was a turning point for the Sachems, as the they began to settle down and make fine-tuned aggressive plays on the net. Goals by Chase, Tom Clark (2 goals), Ben Stasiuk (2 goals) and Taylor Cahill (2 goals) invigorated the team and prompted sideline celebration from a gang of drenched teammates.

The Royals kept things close and never seemed out of the game. Along with LaFlamme, Robbie Gibb (2 goals), William Smith, Nick Sheffield (3 goals) and James McGillicuddy all added key scores to keep the game in reach. The Sachems led at the half, 9-7.

Due to the unrelenting weather and wise judgement on behalf of the game's two referees, the halftime break was cut to five minutes instead of 10, and the team's were quickly back on the field.

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