Toscano's overtime goal lifts BedfordBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 17. 2018 11:32PM
BEDFORD — The Bedford High School boys’ lacrosse team scored just twice after the first half in its game against Souhegan of Amherst Tuesday at Bulldog Stadium. The second goal was Ryan Toscano’s overtime game-winner.
Toscano, a junior midfielder, scored from the high slot off an assist from Kyle Fink 50 seconds into the extra frame to secure a 9-8 Bulldogs victory.
Bedford (3-1) won the faceoff to begin overtime and possessed the ball the entire frame. Toscano’s game-winning tally, which marked his third in the game, came following patient ball movement in Souhegan’s end by the Bulldogs.
“It definitely wasn’t just me out there,” Toscano said. “It was our whole team — defense, offense, goalie.”
Before Toscano’s game-winner, the Bulldogs had not scored since Fink’s tally that came with 6:22 left in the third quarter. Bedford possessed the ball for long stretches in a timeout-filled fourth quarter but Souhegan (2-1) did not allow the Bulldogs to test junior goalie John Lohnes (nine saves) with quality shots.
“Our communication was great. Our goalie, John Lohnes, was making some incredible saves,” Sabers coach Keith Bertrand said. “We were sloppy in the middle of the field offensively clearing the ball right out of the gate into that second half but I thought defensively they put the clamps down.”
Despite Souhegan’s defensive success, Toscano said the Bulldogs entered overtime upbeat.
“We’ve been in this situation in the past plenty of times,” Toscano said. “I remember last year we had this same situation with Souhegan — going to overtime. We just felt confident.”
The game featured five ties and three lead changes. Neither team built a cushion of more than three goals.
Fink’s third-quarter goal gave the Bulldogs an 8-5 advantage. Souhegan responded with tallies from Ethan Hopey and Nicholas Jordan over the final 1:06 of the frame.
“I thought our guys played incredibly hard,” Bertrand said. “They played with a lot of passion. They came out with a lot of energy. It was tough to lose this game. It really was.”
Bedford emerged with a 7-5 advantage after a back-and-forth first half. Stewart Kirkpatrick and John Cusack both scored inside the final 1:54 of the first half to turn a 5-5 tie into a two-goal Bulldogs lead.
Souhegan junior midfielder Tyler Hall scored a game-high four goals and helped the Sabers win the faceoff battle, 12-9. Julian Whittier scored twice and Hopey and Jordan each added a goal for Souhegan.
In addition to Toscano’s hat trick, Bedford received two goals from John Cusack and one each from Fink, Kirkpatrick, Dawson Clark and Jonathan Giroux. Bulldogs senior goalie Luke Boll made three saves.
“No one wants to lose games like this but I feel like we can learn a lot from this,” Bertrand said.