Make that 54 straight for Bedford boys' lacross teamBy HARRY KOZLOWSKI
Special to the Union Leader
May 19. 2014 9:19PM
BOW — Make that 54 straight.
Tyler Sullivan scored five goals and goaltender Matt Howe made eight saves, leading Bedford’s boys’ lacrosse team to a 12-6 win over Bow Monday, the Bulldogs’ 54th straight win.
The 54 straight wins is likely the longest active winning streak in boys’ high school lacrosse in the country, according to coach Matt Guerard.
The team’s leading scorer and captain, Dan Colella, had two goals and two assists for the Bulldogs. Dakota Clark had two goals and an assist. Bow was led by Matt Sanford, who scored four goals.
The Bulldogs are 14-0 on the season, the Falcons 7-3.
The game was played fairly evenly except for a four-goal outburst within one minute of the first quarter. “We wanted to take advantage of every opportunity,” said Guerard. “That first-quarter burst gave us the momentum and we didn’t relinquish the lead from there.”
“We know what they’re going to do. We know what they’re all about. We just did not have the ball enough,” said Bow coach Ross Mondello. “They dominated possession, especially in the second half.”
It was 7-4 Bedford at the half. Every time Bow scored, the Bulldogs would get two back. “We wanted to get those transition goals, the ‘dirty’ goals,” said Guerard.
Frustrations from the Falcons were evident in the physical play in the second half and a scrum erupted at the end of the third quarter, sending several players to the penalty box.
The domination of the Bedford offense this year has overshadowed the solid play of Howe. He’s a big reason why the Bulldogs only allow an average of four goals per game. “He makes the saves he has to make, said Guerard.It’s all about focus, according to Howe. “You have to keep your eye on the ball. You have to be on your toes the whole time.
“You have to be of the mindset that none of them are going in, and if one does, you have to have a short memory and say to yourself the next one’s not going in,” said Howe.
Guerard remembered how tough Bow played his team in the Division II tournament last season. “Last year in the semifinals (Bow) controlled the ball and it was tight the whole way and we didn’t want that to happen this time,” said Guerard.