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High School Boys' Lacrosse: Bishop Guertin knocks off Boston College High

Special to the Sunday News

April 21. 2018 10:51PM

BOSTON - When the best of the best go at it, it's always must-see.

On Saturday, Bishop Guertin of Nashua traveled south to face Boston College High, one of the best defensive boys' lacrosse teams in the region. The Cardinals jumped out early and used a five-goal second quarter to power past the Eagles, 12-9.

"At the half we were up 8-3 and I didn't think we played our best," said Cardinals coach Chris Cameron. "Sometimes good teams make you make mistakes, and turnovers kind of hurt us. But we could score when we had the ball."

BC High, behind Will Bowen, arguably the best high school defender in the country, and a unit that boasts Division I commits ommy Joyce and Martin Folan, figured to give the Cardinals' (5-0) offense all it could handle.

Bowen, committed to North Carolina since his freshman year, covered future Tar Heel teammate Brian Cameron at times, though he also roved into the midfield to guard Maryland-bound Sean Cameron, who scored four times.

"We knew when Brian had the ball, there were three people waiting for him," said Chris Cameron. "So we did a good job finding lanes and finishing shots inside."

The Cardinals opened the floodgates on the first goal from Sam Prunier. Shortly after, longstick midfielder Kyle Fletcher scooped a groundball following a failed clear from the Eagles (5-2) and rifled it in for the 2-0 advantage.

Carter Ford closed the gap for the Eagles, but Ben Abladian scored with 11 seconds left in the quarter to lead 3-1 heading into the second.

The Cardinals soared from there, with Fletcher racing down field to score his second. Abladian scored his second as well moments later for the 5-1 lead.

Sean Cameron found the scoresheet with a man-up goal following Tommy Joyce's second penalty of the day.

BC High's Brennan McInnis scored on a long-distance shot to make it 7-2, and another late quarter tally from Alex Koustos had it 8-3 at the half.

The Eagles brought more energy in the third, with Aidan Carroll slicing in for a goal, and then another from Cole Willett.

Sean Cameron silenced that bid with a late goal in the third to make it 9-5. Drew Hailey tallied to start off the fourth, and held on from there for the victory.

Early on, the Eagles struggled to clear, going 2-for-5 in the first quarter. The lack of possessions, coupled with four turnovers, allowed the Cardinals to control the tempo.

"I thought we found guys on the inside," said Cameron. "When you play them, you have to find guys there, and we did that today."

"I thought we could have out up 15-20," said Cameron. "We know we can score. Anytime you get opportunities, you have to take them."

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