BG, Hanover square off again
When Bishop Guertin won its first lacrosse title in 2005, upsetting Pinkerton Academy in the finals, coach Chris Cameron received over 50 congratulatory e-mails from fellow coaches and people in the state’s lacrosse community.
Times have changed. The Cardinals have become the program with the target on their backs, the one everyone wants to see taken down.
In Wednesday nights Division I final at Bedford High School, Hanover will be that sentimental favorite.
The Marauders have clearly become the state’s second best program and will be looking to knock off BG in the finals for the third time in six years.
Hanover was a slight favorite when it beat the Cardinals 11-8 in 2007 to win its first championship. In 2009, The Marauders upset a favored BG team 9-8.
This is the eighth straight championship game for Cameron’s team, which will be looking to win its fifth title in eight years. It might also be the best defensive team in state history, rivaling Concord’s 2004 title team.
In the first three quarters of its two tournament games so far, Bishop Guertin has allowed just one goal, leading Pinkerton 3-0 after three quarters of a 3-2 semifinal win.
“They (Pinkerton) played a zone and never came out of it,’’ Cameron said. “I don’t see that happening against Hanover.
“They’ll play fast and play man-to-man. It could be 3-2 after the first quarter.’’
Bishop Guertin dominated Hanover, winning 15-3 early in the season. But 10 days later in Hanover, the Marauders prevailed, 14-9.
The key element in the two games was face offs, with Bishop Guertin’s Blake Boudreau winning about 75 percent of the draws in the first game, then Hanover’s Ryan Brigham winning the majority in the second.
A key matchup could be Hanover midfielder Christian Wolter, voted the Offensive Player of the Year, going against University of Massachusetts bound BG defender Bob Fahey, the state’s best defender.
Fahey, however, is more likely to go against Hanover forward Christian Johansen. Close defender Kyle Karaska, also headed for UMass, and goalie Colin Delea, who will play at Harvard, join Fahey as the backbone of a very stingy defense.
Offensively, the Cardinals will be looking to find the net more than they did Sunday night, led by senior Paul Spinney, who had 40 goals and 26 assists, and senior Casey Burnett, who had 30 goals and 28 assists.