It didn’t take long for top-seeded Hingham to take control of its Division 2 East semifinal game with Beverly, as the host Harbormen jumped out to a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish en route to an 8-4 victory Sunday afternoon.
Hingham advances to the sectional final Wednesday against No. 2 seed Medfield at Harvard Stadium.
Senior attackman David Freitas opened the scoring with a first-quarter goal, followed by junior Matt Giarrusso’s tally and a nifty score on a spin move by junior middie Caleb Brodie. Freitas finished with three goals, while Brodie had four for the Harbormen (21-3).
For Beverly (19-5), senior Ryan Shipp was the sole contributor for the first three quarters, scoring his second goal with 12 seconds left in the third to cut the deficit to 8-2. The Panthers’ defense kept Hingham off the scoreboard in the final quarter, while the offense put up two more goals from senior middies Brendan Flaherty and Dom Abate.
Beverly, however, was unable to capitalize on several close-range chances late.
“They’re really good,” Panthers coach John Pynchon said. “Their goalie [senior Thomas Bannan] was outstanding; he made some ridiculous saves. We lost to a really good team.”
Dover-Sherborn 15, Hanover 3 — The most memorable moment from host Dover-Sherborn’s win didn’t come from a defensive play or a spectacular goal.
It came when Raiders coach Brian McLaughlin substituted out senior goaltender Ryan Goodall with 3:27 to play in a game that was well in hand.
“[Goodall] was the MVP of the league, so he’s been great all year,” McLaughlin said. “He’s one of the hardest-working kids I’ve had the pleasure to coach. He’s always asking how to get better and working on his game.”
As Goodall, who made nine saves, walked to the sideline of Nora Searle Field for the final time in his high school career, he received the loudest cheers of the afternoon.
“[The crowd’s reaction] was great,” McLaughlin said, “but [Goodall’s] the fan favorite, so it’s good for him. We’ll just make sure to keep his head inside the helmet for Wednesday’s game.”
The Raiders (18-4) will look to complete their season with a second consecutive state championship on Wednesday when they take on Cohasset at Harvard Stadium.
Sophomore Matt Davies accounted for more than half of the Raiders’ scoring, finishing with eight goals. Senior Brandon Jaeger also chipped in, netting three goals.
“Davies started off the game, and I think he missed two [shots] early and then I don’t think he missed one after that,” McLaughlin said. “He was making nice curls in the crease and guys were doing a good job of drawing and getting him the ball in good shooting spots.”
The Raiders, who took a 6-2 lead into halftime, were able to control possession thanks to senior faceoff man Keaton Stoner, who won 17 of 21 draws.
“You’ve got to give Keaton a lot of credit,” Goodall said. “He’s been making a huge difference for us. When he’s been hot, we’re able to dominate possession time. That was kind of the difference. We just kept the ball in the offensive end and were able to score.”
Hanover finished the season 13-7.