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NHIAA Div. I Boys' Lacrosse Championship: Astros serve up revenge

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 10. 2018 2:53AM
Pinkerton Academy's Mason Drouin, left, jumps up to teammate Thomas Sweeney(4) and Christopher Valentine as they celebrate Drouin's goal in front of Bishop Guertin's Kyle Fisher, right, during the first half of the NHIAA Div. I Lacrosse Championship game at Exeter High School Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

EXETER - Each of the previous three seasons, the winner of the regular-season meeting between Bishop Guertin of Nashua and Pinkerton Academy of Derry went on to lose the rematch in the NHIAA Division I boys' lacrosse championship game.

That trend continued Saturday night at Bill Ball Stadium.

The Astros, who lost to Bishop Guertin in the regular season, defeated the Cardinals, 11-9, to capture the Division I championship for the first time since 2015.

The Astros finished runner-up to Bishop Guertin the previous two seasons.

The top-seeded Cardinals beat second-seeded Pinkerton, 13-11, on April 30.

Bishop Guertin (20-1) scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the score at 6-6 but the Astros took a 9-8 advantage into the fourth quarter. Pinkerton (19-2) nearly had a two-goal lead after three quarters but Bishop Guertin senior Brian Cameron scored with 1.3 seconds left in the frame to pull his team within one.

The Astros won the opening faceoff in the fourth quarter and proceeded to take 3:55 off the clock before Bishop Guertin gained possession following a James Heitmiller save in goal.

The Astros held Bishop Guertin to one goal in the first, second and fourth quarters.

Owen McCormack scored off an assist from Chad Teresky with 3:52 remaining to build a 10-8 Pinkerton advantage. Teresky followed up with a goal of his own 29 seconds later to create a three-goal Astros cushion.

Pinkerton opened the game on a 5-1 run and led, 6-2, at halftime.

Chris Valentine scored a game-high four goals and Teresky had a hat trick for the Astros. Pinkerton also received two goals from Mason Drouin and one from Ryan Auger. Pinkerton senior goalie Alex Sturgess made 13 saves.

Sean Cameron and Sam Prunier each scored twice for the Cardinals. Ben Abladian, Joe Lupo, Brian Cameron, Drew Hailey and Cam Fagan all scored once and Heitmiller made five saves for Bishop Guertin.

Bishop Guertin players celebrate a goal during the first half of the Cardinals' 11-9 loss to Pinkerton Academy in the Division I boys' lacrosse championship game at Exeter High School on Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

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