Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cohasset Lax Runs Past Hull in Battle of South Shore League Powers

By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)

- No rain in the forecast, but it was still a wash.

In a battle of two South Shore League titans, the Cohasset High boys' lacrosse team (1-0) proved superior to the Hull Pirates (0-1). The Skippers trumped their foe 18-5 at home on Wednesday evening.

“It feels good to get a game in,” Skippers head coach James Beaudoin said. “This is the first time in a long time we’ve played a division foe right away. They’re a really athletic and well-coached team. It makes us happy to beat a rival like that.”

From the start, the Skippers were dominant. Although they did not win the opening faceoff, they came up with the overwhelming majority of them during the contest and soon, they would pour in goals.

“We haven’t had some consistent faceoffs in the past few years. It’s kind of been up and down, but I thought today, it was there,” Beaudoin said. “We worked on it in the offseason, so we’re pretty excited with what we saw.”

Kyle Mcfetridge had the Skippers' first score of the day. With 9:49 remaining in the first, Mcfetridge threw one home from right in front of the net, after taking the ball from out of bounds and maneuvering his way forward. A minute later, Ryan Donovan tomahawked one over the Pirates' goaltender, doubling his team's lead.

Joseph Coffey score the Pirates first goal with 5:17 remaining in the first off an over-the-net pass from Kyle Cuklanz. The goal made it a 3-1 game, but the Skippers netted four unanswered before the quarter's end.

In a span of 3:14 prior to the first quarter's end Mcfetridge, Jimmy Farren, Thomas Graves, and Donavan scored, to put the Skippers up 7-1.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Cuklanz launched the ball into an unprotected Skippers net for the Pirates. But that led to six unanswered goals from the Skippers in a seven minute span. Donovan and Sam Sullivan each had a goal while Noah Froio and Graves put up two goals each in the stretch.

Before the first half ended, Nolan Palma cut the Pirates deficit to 10, scoring a goal with 1:41 remaining.

In the second half, the Skippers began playing a more conservative offense, while liberally using substitutions.

During the contest, the Skippers boasted impressive depth.

“We’re trying to build that up with who we have and, today, we were pleased with it,” Beaudoin said. “We’re really deep at attack. I’m really pleased with the moving parts we had that can be interchangeable.”

Beaudoin said his team received strong play from goaltenders Henry Snyder and Mason Fitzgerald.

Last season, the Skippers reached the Division 3 South quarterfinal, while the Pirates made it to the D3 South semifinal.

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