Top seeds Pinkerton of Derry, Bishop Guertin of Nashua cruise into Div. I boys' lacrosse final
BEDFORD — The top seeds have advanced to the Division I boys' lacrosse championship.
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.
BG and Pinkerton will battle for the title on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bedford.
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 coach Brian O'Reilly said his squad always tries to attack in the waning seconds. "You want to score. It puts a knife in the other team," said O'Reilly.
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.
The weather delay happened with 1:19 left in the second quarter. Souhegan coach Brad Bishop joked that he wished the delay happened sooner. "I could have used it to settle my guys down earlier," he said.
Pinkerton picked up right where it left of with a goal by Gallant with 37 seconds remaining. Pinkerton led at the half, 10-2.
Megan and James Tulley added two goals to make it 12-2 at the end of the third quarter.
Seconds into the third quarter, Megan got his third goal, and with the Astros up 14-2, the game went into running time.
Dominic Corsetto added a two goals and three assists.
Blake Burnley had three goals and two assists for the Sabers.
O'Reilly praised freshman Brett Dattilo. "He's the best freshman faceoff man I've ever had," said O'Reilly.
O'Reilly said he didn't watch the early game with Bishop Guertin. "We both know each other," he said.
Souhegan ended 10-7 and Bishop said the team achieved its goal this year. "We wanted to finish a top-four team and we did it," 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 answer was "yes." Cameron's team wore down Londonderry. "We had a 30-minute lapse," said Cameron. "If we don't find an answer by Wednesday, we'll be in trouble."
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.
But then Bishop Guertin went almost 30 minutes scoring only one goal, and went almost 23 minutes without scoring any.
At the same time, the Cardinals were physical and punishing on defense, allowing only Londonderry goals in the second half.
Guertin's Alex Astarita broke through at the 6:38 mark of the fourth quarter. Two more Cardinal goals came in the next three minutes to put it out of reach.
Domenic St. Laurent led the Cardinal attack with three goals. Thomas Hurley added two. Rob Hart had two goals early for the Lancers.