Top seeds Pinkerton of Derry, Bishop Guertin of Nashua cruise into Div. I boys' lacrosse final
Londonderrry's Robert Hart (3) gets by Bishop Guertin's Nathan Eldred (25) and scores on Bishop Guertin goalie Paul Callahan during the first half of their NHIAA semifinal lacrosse game hosted at Bedford High School Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Brendan Megan scored four goals, leading top-seeded Pinkerton of Derry to a 14-5 victory over Souhegan of Amherst in a Sunday semifinal at Bedford High that was delayed 70 minutes by lightning. In the earlier game, second-seeded Bishop Guertin of Nashua, led by Domenic St. Laurent's three goals, beat Londonderry, 10-4.
In the Pinkerton game, the most crushing goal might have come at the end of the first when Josh Gallant entered the Souhegan zone with only seconds remaining. A perfectly executed give-and-go pass with Dominic Corsetto resulted in a goal with just one-tenth of a second remaining.
Pinkerton led 4-1 at the end of one quarter. The Astros poured on five more goals in the second quarter before Souhegan responded with a goal.
Megan and James Tulley added two goals to make it 12-2 at the end of the third quarter.
Dominic Corsetto added a two goals and three assists.
Blake Burnley had three goals and two assists for the Sabers.
O'Reilly said he didn't watch the early game with Bishop Guertin. "We both know each other," he said.
Bishop Guertin 10, Londonderry 4
BG coach Chris Cameron knew his Cardinals squad was the higher-seeded team in their Division I semifinal with Londonderry. But could they avoid a letdown?
The Cardinals came out strong in the first quarter, scoring four straight to jump out to a 6-2 lead. It was 7-3 at the half.
At the same time, the Cardinals were physical and punishing on defense, allowing only Londonderry goals in the second half.
Domenic St. Laurent led the Cardinal attack with three goals. Thomas Hurley added two. Rob Hart had two goals early for the Lancers.