GLOUCESTER-- One mark of a good team is the way it handles adversity. In Monday’s 12-9 win over Peabody at Nate Ross Field, the Fishermen showed early on that they can keep their composure and stay the course while things aren’t going their way.
The Tanners came out flying, breaking out to a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the contest catching the Gloucester defense over pursuing the ball on a few occasions.
The Fishermen, however, were not the least bit rattled and quickly regrouped. From there, Gloucester found its groove on both ends of the field controlling the majority of the final 46 minutes of play en route to its first win of the season (1-1), while the Tanners fall to 2-1 with the loss.
“We didn’t get rattled,” Gloucester head coach Drew Dominick said. “We stopped over pursuing, started playing our game and we started to find their weaknesses. Once we did that we were in good shape. I thought it was a great team performance.”
The term performance may be a bit cliche, but when it comes to Gloucester’s performance on Monday it fits perfectly. Every play that stepped on the field made a significant contribution for the Fishermen.
Gloucester’s highly touted core of attackmen, Ian Kennedy, Jason Lattof and Winslow Lewis, combined to score nine of the team’s 13 goals. Kennedy led the way with five tallies. The Fishermen midfield also factored in on the offensive output as Austin Titus, John Curcuru and Cormack Flickenger each scored a goal.
Defensively Gloucester was stout as Mike Falzarano, Jesse Glidden and Devin Hemeon, playing his first season of lacrosse, stymied a talented Tanners offensive attack.
“We have a lot of kids who can score and that is huge,” Dominick said. “We found a weakness in their defense and we kept exploiting it. We got some big goals from our midfield and defensively we were tough. I can’t say enough about Devin Hemeon. I took a risk throwing him right into the fire this early and he has been impressive.”