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April 17. 2014 10:28PM

NHIAA Boys' Lacrosse: Astros 2-0 and looking good


Pinkerton's Austin Maylor battles with Londonderry's Mike Donlan during Thursday's game in Derry. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy came out strong and rolled over Londonderry 17-6 in the Lancers' Division I season opener Thursday.

The Astros, the 2013 Division I boys' lacrosse runners-up, are 2-0.

Pinkerton's Evan Sweeney led all scorers with seven goals. Jake Lisaukus had three goals and two assists. Bailey Walsh had five assists.

For the Lancers, Nick Yennaco had three goals and Brendan Wall had two.

The Astros overpowered Londonderry early, jumping to a 6-1 lead after one quarter. They led 16-3 midway through the third.

Was Lancer coach Joe McCune surprised by his team's lackluster performance? "Absolutely! I didn't expect us to be so tentative so quickly into the game," said McCune."

"I just know they are a quality team and if you don't come out with your A-game, they're going to hand it to you," said McCune.

It was also a physical game with both teams dishing out the hits — something that didn't surprise Astros coach Brian O'Reilly.

"It's Pinkerton-Londonderry," said O'Reilly. "I didn't think it was that physical. But they were sending messages back and forth to each other."

"Our speed wound up avoiding most of the hits and once the score was in our favor, that took care of most of the problems," said O'Reilly.

The Astros, who thrashed Concord on Monday, now have two one-sided victories. "... Honestly we've been playing like this all year. In fact I didn't think we played that well today," said O'Reilly.

"This is a good lacrosse team," said O'Reilly. "I've been doing this for close to 40 years. This is a very good lacrosse team, and we're going to get better."

As for Londonderry, McCune will work to get past this rough start.

"We're going to put the wheels back on, work on some of the things we can control, come out Saturday and try to have a better result against Souhegan," said McCune.


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