EXETER — For the first time since winning four straight from 1999-2002, the Pinkerton Academy of Derry boys’ lacrosse team repeated as NHIAA Division I state champion by defeating Bishop Guertin of Nashua, 14-12, Saturday night at Bill Ball Stadium.
The state championship marks the Astros’ 12th overall.
Brothers Mason and Hunter Drouin answered the call in the fourth quarter for the second-seeded Astros, who trailed by three goals entering the frame.
Mason, a junior midfielder, scored three of his four goals in the frame and the final two of the game after top-seeded Bishop Guertin (18-3) knotted the score at 12-12 with 59.4 seconds left. Hunter, who logged a hat trick, tied the game at 9-9 with 10:16 left, when he scored his second goal of the fourth quarter.
Pinkerton (17-4) took its first lead since the second period with 7:39 left when Astros senior Gennaro Marra won a faceoff and scored to break a 10-10 deadlock. Classmate Ryan Auger gave the Astros a two-goal cushion when he scored with 5:58 remaining.
Sophomore Dawson Clark tied the game at 12-12 with 59.4 seconds left and pulled the top-seeded Cardinals (18-3) within one with goal with 4:55 remaining.
Bishop Guertin scored the final five goals of the first half to take a 6-5 lead into halftime. Clark scored off an assist from Sean Cameron with 1.1 seconds left in the first half to break the 5-5 tie and give BG its first lead of the game.
Cameron each tallied two of their three goals in BG’s five-goal second quarter.
The Cardinals’ extended their run to 7-0 in the third quarter by scoring the first two goals of the second half. Mason Drouin snapped BG’s run when he scored with 3:12 left in the third quarter, trimming the Cardinals’ lead to 8-6.
The Astros notched the game’s first four goals and led, 5-1, after the opening quarter before being held scoreless the rest of the first half. Marra won nine of 13 first-half faceoffs and 21 overall.
Pinkerton and the Cardinals have met in each of the past seven and eight of the past nine D-I title games. Bishop Guertin won five of those previous meetings (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) while the Astros took two (2015, 2018).
Saturday marked the Cardinals’ 15th consecutive D-I championship game appearance.
In each of the past five seasons, the winner of the regular-season meeting between the two programs went on to lose the rematch in the D-I title game. BG beat Pinkerton, 12-11, in Nashua on April 16.