Pinkerton rolls in lacrosse opener
DERRY — Pinkerton Academy of Derry opened the NHIAA boys’ lacrosse season with a bang, routing Concord 19-4 Monday.
The Astros, state runners-up last spring, led 11-0 before Concord finally broke through with 21 seconds remaining in the first half. It didn’t get much better for the Crimson Tide in the second half.
“I thought we played well. We’ve been doing well all season long, in the preseason,” said Pinkerton head coach Brian O’Reilly “It’s always good in the first game to make sure you’re ready to go. You never know what’s going to happen, if you’re going to start out sloppy. We were running right away. We’re veterans and a we’ve got a lot of seniors and I thought we did what we needed to do today.”
Pinkerton’s Evan Sweeney (three goals, three assists), Todd Billetter (four goals, assist), Bailey Walsh (three goals) and Brett Datillo two goals) led the way. Senior goalie Cam Hayward made two saves in the win.
In the second half, O’Reilly was able to empty his bench and get some younger players involved.
Nick Coombs (two goals) and Drew Strople added late tallies for Pinkerton, which hosts Londonderry in the Lancers’ opener on Thursday.
“That’s good for us. Those guys that go in are freshmen and sophomores. That’s where our program comes from,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not just this year’s team. Those kids need to play against varsity caliber kids so that when they play for us in the future it’s at a high level.”
For Concord it was a good lesson against one of the best teams in the state.
“The big thing was game speed. That’s the lesson you can take. You play these teams, they hold you accountable more than other teams,” said Concord coach Jeff Smith. “Our close D matched up well. We didn’t let guys dodge through a whole lot. In years past. they’d run right through the middle of our D, so that was nice to see.”
Concord got goals from Max Foisey, Tim Weinhold, Josh Owen and Tyler Martel.
“They hustle and they play a clean game. I like that,” O’Reilly said of Concord. “They’re no-nonsense and they’re out to play lacrosse. They’re going to be fine.”