NHIAA Lacrosse: BG girls topple Astros
DERRY — Olivia Koutsos initially was not sure why her Bishop Guertin of Nashua girls’ lacrosse teammates started to hug and congratulate her after she scored her fourth goal against Pinkerton Academy Tuesday.
The senior midfielder soon learned the tally marked her 100th career goal.
Koutsos, a Brown University commit, finished with four goals to help power Bishop Guertin to an 11-8 victory over the defending Division I state champion Astros at Memorial Field.
“It’s a great personal achievement but my primary concern is always the success of the team,” Koutsos said. “As long as we’re accomplishing our goals as a collective unit, I’m more than happy.”
Koutsos did not play the second half after she received her second yellow card. She scored all four of her goals in the first half to help the Cardinals to an 8-4 halftime advantage.
Koutsos reached the career milestone in Tuesday’s game — the teams’ first meeting since last season’s final, a 9-5 Astros win — when she scored on a high, close-range shot with 7:05 left in the first half.
BG (3-0) built an 11-5 lead before Pinkerton (2-1) started a late rally attempt. Pinkerton scored the game’s final three goals over the final 4:51.
“I was just happy the team didn’t give up,” Astros coach Rob Daziel said. “They kept working hard and figured they were still in the game.”
Pinkerton’s Meaghan Michaud opened the game’s scoring 1:20 into the contest before the Cardinals answered with a 6-1 run. Koutsos’ first two goals began the run that gave Bishop Guertin a lead it would not relinquish.
Koutsos’ second tally at the 4:07 mark broke a 1-1 tie. The Cardinals led by at least three and as many as six goals the rest of the way.
“(The players) know that once they score, you’ve got to just use that energy and continue to just have that motivate you,” Bishop Guertin coach Kerry D’Ambroise said.
The Cardinals were already plenty motivated coming into the contest considering their loss to Pinkerton in last year’s state final.
“It was a sore spot, for sure, so being able to get here, play them on their home field and take the win is huge for confidence,” D’Ambroise said.
The Cardinals dominated possession in the first half to build their lead, logging eight draw controls in the opening 25 minutes. Bishop Guertin finished with 11 draw controls overall while Pinkerton had 10.
“Last year, Pinkerton won the majority of the draws and obviously, (you) can’t win the game without possession,” Koutsos said. “Our primary focus this year is getting the draws and I think we succeeded in accomplishing that.”
In addition to Koutsos’ four tallies, Bishop Guertin also received three goals from Kate Bradford and two more from Emily Santom. Abigail Ahearn and Kayli Keenan each added a goal for the Cardinals. Cardinals junior Grace Young made six saves.
Avery Drouin led Pinkerton in scoring with three goals and an assist. Michaud and Dani Tompkins each had two goals and Lauren Lisauskas tallied one of her own for the Astros. Pinkerton sophomore Danielle Martineau made four saves.
“It was definitely a trying test but I think it speaks a lot to our future for the season,” Koutsos said of the victory. “This was our toughest opponent so far and we played well.”