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NHIAA Lacrosse: Cardinals come up big vs. Bulldogs

Special to the Union Leader

May 19. 2017 12:18AM

BEDFORD — There are a handful of games that the Bishop Guertin High School boys’ lacrosse team marks on the calendar when the spring schedule comes out, and Bedford is one of them.

And after the Bulldogs played a close game with Pinkerton Academy on Monday, Bishop Guertin coach Chris Cameron thought his team would be fired up to have its shot against Bedford.

Cameron was right, as Bishop Guertin scored 30 seconds into the game, kept a comfortable lead throughout, and pulled away late in the third quarter for a 17-6 win over the Bulldogs in Division I action.

“It’s a rivalry game, it’s one we circle on the calendar and we look forward to,” Cameron said. “They have been playing better and better, especially Monday night against Pinkerton. That really got our guys’ attention.”

Thirteen different players scored goals for the Cardinals (12-2), led by Brian Cameron, who finished with three, while Drew Hailey, Brennan McInnis and Bennett Abladian each had a pair.

The goal total for Bishop Guertin matched the most allowed by Bedford this season, which had been giving up just six goals a game against in-state competition.

“BG runs (a lot of) guys at you, so it’s really hard to sustain that level of play all the way to the end of the game,” Bedford coach Matt Guerard said. “We don’t run as many guys, so we got gassed. It showed when they started putting that many in on us. Routinely, we don’t usually let that many in, but I think we were getting tired as the game wore on.”

The early success on offense by the Cardinals also forced Bedford to switch to a zone defense, something that Bishop Guertin has been working to improve against.

“We just needed to use our athleticism and play like a team and we’d beat whatever defense they threw at us,” Bishop Guertin senior John Bruno said. “That’s our goal every game. We try to get on teams so we can put them away and we executed.”

Bishop Guertin led 5-1 at the end of the first quarter, and it was still a four-goal game when Bedford goalie Sean Tierney couldn’t find an opening to clear the ball, and instead raced the length of the field for a goal.

That made it 8-4 with 1:37 left in the first half, but Hailey scored with 14.5 seconds to go in the half to make it 9-4.

Neither team could find the back of the net in the third until McInnis scored with 2:21 left to make it 10-4. That started the Cardinals on a 5-0 run in a span of 2:45 that stretched into the fourth quarter and made it 14-4.

“We wore them out,” Chris Cameron said. “This was their fourth game in six days. That’s a tough bounce-back, to play that many games in that many days when it’s this hot. We play a lot more guys than them.”

Bedford also got a goal each from Ryan Toscano, Gannon Lowrie, Stewart Kirkpatrick, Kyle Fink and Brandon Howe. Tienery finished with nine saves.

Sean Cameron, Christian Trehan, Anthony Priest, Alexander Koutsos, Sam Prunier, Cameron Erasmi, Jordan Caito, Nathan Binette and Mason Carroll also had a goal apiece for Bishop Guertin. Colin Casey made two saves while James Heitmiller came on in the second half and made four.

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