Bishop Guertin boys lacrosse back in championship game

Staff photo by HECTOR LONGO Bishop Guertin's Brian Cameron sets up shop at the corner of the cage and sets up a goal for the Cardinals.

EXETER – While Pinkerton Academy took its own sweet time, locking down its half of Saturday night’s dream Division I state final, top-seeded and unbeaten Bishop Guertin was much more expedient in its quest.

The Cardinals busted out to a 7-0 lead through one quarter and hardly eased off the throttle, dispatching No. 5 Londonderry, 16-4, in Tuesday night’s state semis at Bill Ball Stadium.

Saturday here at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 Guertin, 20-0, and No. 2 Pinkerton, now 18-2, will tangle for the

championship.

Those words should ring mighty familiar to Granite State lax fans. These two schools have met in the last five Division I title games with Guertin taking all but the 2015 collision, a 9-7 Astros win.

In fact, Guertin has played in every DI state final since 2005, going 9-4 in that stretch.

“It’s the game everyone expected,” said BG coach Chris Cameron.

Balance was the theme of the night for Guertin, which had its starting crew on the sideline with the clock in “running time mode” up 15-1 with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

“The focus all year has been to play at the level we’re at offensively,” said Cameron. “This was a complete effort in all areas.”

Six different Cardinals were on the scoresheet, building a 9-0 lead, before Londonderry picked up its first goal with 1:40 left to the half.

Even more impressive was the fact that top gun Brian Cameron was the seventh Cardinal to find the net on the night.

“Defensively, they tried to shut off Brian, and that really opened things up for us,” said coach Cameron. “It was so balanced, and we were shooting the ball well.”

Brian Cameron, Sean Cameron and Brennan McInnis all scored three goals apiece on the night. Sam Prunier had a pair, while Nathan Binette, Drew Hailey, Cam Fagan, Kyle Fisher and nick Hughes all had singles.

“Early on in the year we were so reliant on Brian, and now things are spread out,” said Cameron.

Pinkerton, in the earlier semifinal, struggled in a torrential downpour, playing even through a half at 6-6 with No. 3 Exeter. The Astros found their high gear after the break, though, and pulled away for 13-8 victory to set up this Saturday night special.

Guertin took the regular season meeting between the two, but that one was in the mud on real grass. The final will be played on the faster, truer, fake stuff.

“I would like to think that favors us, with our speed we have,” said Cameron of the surface change. “We’re a fast team. We like to get up and down. Every year, the game’s don’t mirror each other. The regular season game doesn’t mirror the championship game.”

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