LONDONDERRY — A day after a loss to Concord, the Londonderry boys’ lacrosse team stepped back onto the field with a mission.
Playing for their teammate Devin Rheaume, who went down with an ACL injury a day prior, the Lancers dominated Bedford en route to a 15-6 victory.
The story for the Lancers was its offensive depth. Londonderry had seven goal scorers and another two players added assists.
“We had some setbacks yesterday against Concord,” Londonderry coach Roger Sampson said. “We had a big lead on them and we lost it. The message today was ‘OK, too much individual stuff, but today you’ve really got to work like a team’. If we work like a team, all these little problems go away, and they did that today.”
The Lancers gave up the first goal of the game but scored the next seven and never looked back. Londonderry outshot Bedford 39-20.
The Londonderry attack was led by senior captain Anthony Federico. Federico had four goals and an assist and notched a point in all four quarters. The sophomore duo of Aidan Dennis and Zach Fawcett, as well as senior James Toomey, each had two goals.
“That makes the difference because if you can only trust one guy to shoot, you’re not going to win,” Federico said. “If you can trust all six guys at once, it makes a huge difference.”
Keeping the offense flowing was junior attack Cole Keegan. He scored a goal, but it was his six assists that made the biggest difference in the game.
“That kid can do amazing things,” Federico said of Keegan. “He’s going to be out there and proving a lot.”
Even when the ball was on the ground, the Lancers found a way to pick up small victories. Londonderry won ground balls 27-16, and all those added and extended possessions went a long way to securing the victory.
Bedford senior Ryan Toscano did his best to keep the Bulldogs in the game with a hat trick, but the diverse Londonderry attack was too much. And when the Bulldogs were able to find holes it was senior Ross Carroll stepping up.
The Lancer goalie turned aside nine shots to keep the game out of reach.
“The best defense is the best offense,” Federico said. “Without them the defense), we couldn’t do what we do.”
Bedford drops to 0-2 while Londonderry improved to 1-1.
on the young season. A relentless week awaits the Lancers who will have to travel to Souhegan, Keene, and Bishop Guertin.