NHIAA Boys' Lacrosse: Astros regroup, beat BedfordBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 25. 2018 2:26AM
DERRY — Pinkerton Academy boys’ lacrosse coach Brian O’Reilly did not feel his team played with a purpose in the first half against Bedford Tuesday night at Memorial Field.
The Astros changed their ways in the second half on their way to an emphatic 12-5 win over the Bulldogs.
Bedford (4-2) led, 4-3, at halftime. The Astros (5-0) drew even 3:28 into the second half with a goal from Chad Teresky and took the lead for good when Mason Drouin broke the 4-4 tie with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
Pinkerton took a 9-4 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Dawson Clark scored Bedford’s lone second-half goal with 9:24 remaining, which cut Pinkerton’s lead to 9-5. The Astros had scored seven unanswered goals before Clark’s fourth-quarter tally.
Pinkerton faceoff specialist Gennaro Marra won nine of 11 faceoffs in the second half and 15 of 20 overall.
“We came out in the second half, we didn’t change the defense. We didn’t put in any new plays. We didn’t do something different on faceoffs. We just started to play with a purpose,” O’Reilly said.
The Astros offense stood around oftentimes and their defense relied too much on stick checking over the opening 24 minutes, O’Reilly said. The Pinkerton coach was pleased to see his players answer the way they did in the second half.
“If you’re going to do that, you want it to happen in the first half and then see the response in the second half rather than the other way around,” O’Reilly said.
Bedford led, 3-2, after the opening 12 minutes. Pinkerton’s lone second-quarter tally came when Owen McCormack found the back of the net with 1:51 left in the half.
Despite losing six of nine faceoffs, the Bulldogs held the ball for long stretches and put pressure on the Pinkerton defense in the first half.
“I think first half, we did a fantastic job all over the field,” Bedford coach Matt Guerard said. “Having that halftime lead was huge for us, especially in a game of this caliber.”
In the second half, Guerard said the Bulldogs sat back on their heels a bit and were not as aggressive as they needed to be.
“I just think for us in that second half, we’ve got to continue to keep the foot on the gas as we were going for the first half and we just deflated a little bit in the second half,” Guerard said.
Teresky finished with a game-high five goals while Drouin and Ryan Auger each had a hat trick for the Astros. Pinkerton received six saves from Alex Sturgess.
Clark and Ryan Toscano both scored twice and Kyle Fink logged a goal of his own for the Bulldogs. Bedford senior goalie Luke Boll made five saves. Teammates Tim Spencer and Adam Pagliarulo combined to win five faceoffs.
The Astros won the ground-ball battle, 20-19.
“Credit to Bedford,” O’Reilly said. “They’re a good team. We knew they were a good team but in the end it turned out the way I felt it should.”