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Bedford boys' lacross tops St. Thomas of Dover; streak now 55

Special to The Union Leader

May 21. 2014 8:18PM

BEDFORD — Tyler Sullivan scored three goals and goalie Matt Howe made 12 saves to lead Bedford to a 9-3 win over St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover in Bedford Wednesday.

The Bulldogs win streak is now a national-best 55 games. They are 15-0 on the season. The Saints fell to 9-2.

Michael Vailas added two goals for Bedford. Ryan Whittenberg and Patrick Simpson each had three assists. Xavier Quinn had two goals and an assist for the Saints.

“I thought our defense played phenomenal today,” said Bedford coach Matt Guerard. “I think it was the best all-around defensive game we’ve had. Almost perfect.

“For us that’s what we need to be as we get closer to the playoffs,” added Guerard.

“This is the best team any of us are going to see,” said St. Thomas coach Barry Katz. “Their goalie made the kind of saves you expect from a championship team.”

For St. Thomas, it was their worst offensive showing of the season for a team averaging 13 goals a game.

“They had to take mostly outside shots,” said Guerard. “When you give (Bedford goalie) Matt (Howe) 14-15 yards to look at a shot, there’s a pretty good chance he’s going to save it.”

Bedford went up 2-0 after one quarter and 6-1 at the half. The Saints didn’t score until 3:08 of the second quarter and didn’t score again until just 4:16 remained in the game.

“They haven’t won this many in a row if they can’t play defense,” said Katz. “And they held the ball. The time of possession was way out of whack.

“When the ball isn’t on your stick you don’t get many chances on net,” said Katz.

“We pride ourselves on defense and how well we play one-on-one,” said Guerard. “Today we showed we have a strong defense. (St. Thomas) had to earn the three they scored.”

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