BEDFORD — There was no letdown for the Bedford High School girls’ lacrosse team on Friday.
After posting a signature win in overtime against Bishop Guertin on Thursday in a rematch of the 2018 Division I final, the Bulldogs scored the first seven goals in an 18-6 triumph over visiting Nashua South.
Bulldogs senior Hannah McCarthy led the charge, exploding for 12 points on eight goals and four assists.
“I thought we played pretty well (Friday) considering we had a tough matchup yesterday against BG,” said Bedford coach Christine Hodgdon. “I am pretty sure rest and recovery was not in our favor (Friday), but we did a nice job with ball control and settling in on defense too.”
Junior Chamberlaine Bell finished with a goal and four assists in the first half for Bedford (10-1), while senior Sydney Lynch (three goals, three assists), junior Mackenzie MacEachern (two goals), freshman Julian Bell (goal, assist) and junior Riley Chou (two goals) all tallied multi-point efforts. The Bulldogs played unselfishly, passing up good shots for great ones, and they controlled the draw in the second half, winning 10 of 13.
Junior Kirsten McIntire scored four goals and tallied an assist for South (8-5). The visitors were strong on the draw in the opening 25 minutes, winning 8 of 13, while McIntire showcased her ability to use her height, strength and resourcefulness to get to the net through multiple layers of Bedford’s defense.
The Bulldogs wasted no time building an early lead, as MacEachern picked the top-left corner on a driving shot down the right lane, giving the hosts a 4-0 cushion 5:08 into the first half. A perfect pass by Chamberlaine Bell to a cutting McCarthy gave Bedford a 7-0 lead with 14:51 left.
“Chamberlaine Bell is really crucial right now in our offensive set,” said Hodgdon. “She is really composed and is a threat so she draws a lot of attention but she is able to feed out of that pressure.”
The Panthers fired back with three unanswered goals. Freshman Olivia Johnson jammed in a wrap-around goal into the top-left corner, putting the visitors on the board with 9:50 on the clock. McIntire exploded from behind the net for a tally with 3:09 showing, and then she assisted on junior Sarah Signorello’s top-shelf goal, which cut the deficit to 7-3 with 2:48 remaining.
McCarthy and MacEachern scored in the final minute of the first half for the Bulldogs, as they took a 9-3 lead into halftime.
McCarthy put the unit up 11-4 with 19:48 left in the second half, finding the back of the net on a low shot, while simultaneously falling down. A free-position goal by McCarthy with 6:48 left gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead at 16-6.
The Panthers, who have been impressive this season under coach Ciki McIntire, enter a pivotal stretch of their season with playoff positioning on the line. The unit will host Londonderry on Monday and Manchester Central on Wednesday with both games starting at 4 p.m. at Stellos Stadium.
“We have another hard week next week,” said Ciki McIntire. “We have three games, and it is really important that we take these lessons and keeping moving on. We feel pretty good about where we are in our season. I would like to be about 10-3 right now (instead of 8-5), but I am pleased with the effort and hopefully we can get a couple more wins next week.”