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April 21. 2014 11:16PM

NHIAA Lacrosse: Bedford gets 44th straight


Goffstown's Mitch Cusson, left, pressures Bedford's Nick Vailas during the second half of their game at Goffstown High School Monday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

GOFFSTOWN — Three games in four days didn't prevent Bedford from rolling to consecutive win number 44.

The Bulldogs defeated host Goffstown 12-4 in boys' NHIAA lacrosse action Monday.

An admittedly tired Bedford squad improved to 4-0 and made the Grizzlies (0-1) its third victim in four days alongside Exeter and Keene.

"Personally, I was pretty tired. Three games in four days is a lot to ask," said BedBedford senior Dan Colella, who scored five goals. "If the physical aspect isn't there, then the mental aspect starts going and we're all over the place. We found our groove a little bit. I think we could have performed better, for sure."

Bedford head coach Matt Guerard said he felt the fatigue showed in the offensive end of the field.

"We did not do so well offensively," he said. "Coming off Saturday (an 8-5 win over Exeter) where we did possess the ball so well and ran the offense well. Today was a slight step back in the opposite direction. We've got to get back to practice and fine-tune some offensive things."

Goffstown led early in the game, 1-0 on a Brad Chapdelaine goal 36 seconds in and then 2-1 on a Jack Carney goal after Ryan Wittenberg got Bedford on the board.

But the Bulldogs took command from there, slowing the game down and scoring the next three goals to close the first period up 4-2.

It was more of the same in the second stanza as Bedford scored another three to push the lead to 7-2 before Chapdelaine broke the run with 3:15 remaining in the half.

Colella scored his second of the day in the final minute to make it an 8-3 score at intermission.

"They slowed the pace," said Goffstown head coach Josh Lewis. "We had the tempo going, we had the adrenaline pumping and we were good to go and then they slowed the pace down and we got on our heels instead of on our toes."

Colella scored two more to make it a 10-3 game before Connor Bourque got the Grizzlies' final tally. Colella scored again to close the third period and Tyler Sullivan scored for Bedford in the fourth to account for the 12-4 final.

Sullivan (two goals), Kyle Colella, Colin Hendrickson, Nicholas Vailas and Dakota Clark notched goals for Bedford. Matt Howe made nine saves in net.

For Lewis, whose Goffstown squad was playing for the first time all season, there was a lot of valuable information to be taken from the game.

"Last year, the closest we came to running with them was an 11-goal difference. Today, it was eight," Lewis said. "We had never had a lead on them, ever. Even though it was brief, it was a step in the right direction. We see them again at the end of the season and hopefully again in the championship."

iclark@unionleader.com


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