Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse stops Merrimack

NASHUA – After spotting No. 5 Merrimack a 1-0 lead just under seven minutes into the game, the fourth-ranked Bishop Guertin offense erupted for eight straight goals to close out the first half en route to a 10-5 victory in the quarterfinals of the Division I girls lacrosse tournament at Stellos Stadium on Wednesday.

The win sets the 13-5 Cardinals up for a showdown against top-seeded Pinkerton Academy on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Exeter High School. The Astros (17-1) rolled to a 16-5 victory over No. 8 Londonderry in another quarterfinal round match on Wednesday.

Junior attack Emily Santrom scored three goals and added an assist to pace Bishop Guertin while freshman attack Madison Keating and freshman midfield Lindsay Holt added two goals apiece. Senior midfield Katherine Lupo, junior attack Kennedy Wright and junior defense Sydney Todd scored a goal each.

For Merrimack, senior midfield Blake Jolie Jacoby had three goals while senior midfield Molly Baulier had a goal and an assist. Autumn Howe, a junior attack, also scored for the Hawks.

The Tomahawks (11-6) made it interesting to start the second half. With Guertin holding an 8-1 lead, Merrimack scored three times – including two from Jacoby – in the first seven minutes to close within 9-4 and force BG to take a timeout.

“I said to the girls, just settle down and play your game,” BG coach Kerry Gobiel said. “(Merrimack) started to control play and we needed to go back out there and reestablish the tempo. They wanted the win just as

badly as we did.”

Using a more deliberate offensive attack, Guertin was able to move the ball around and eat up the clock before Santom struck with 13:46 left, pushing the Cardinals’ lead back up to six goals, 10-4.

Merrimack’s Hayhurst capped the scoring with 6:31 left.

Guertin senior goaltender Grace Young and Merrimack junior goalie Isabella Beaton each finished with nine saves.

“We only have four seniors, but everyone on this team has stepped up when they have to,” Gobiel said. “They’re a pretty good group with a lot of talent.”

The Cardinals can now turn their attention to Saturday’s matchup against Pinkerton. Gobiel has a pretty good idea of what lies ahead.

“I’m expecting it to be a pretty tight game,” she said. “They’re a good team and we’re a pretty good team. We match up pretty well with them.”

The Astros posted a 9-8 win over the Cardinals on April 17 in the teams’ only meeting this season.